National Group Meet Rabi 2019-20 was organized during August 30-31 at Central Agricultural University Imphal (Manipur)

National Group Meeting of AICRP on Forage Crops & Utilization

February 26-27, 2019 at IGKV, Raipur

 The National Group Meeting of the All India Coordinated Research Project on Forage Crops and Utilization was inaugurated on 26th February, 2019 at Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Raipur (Chhattisgarh).

The Inaugural session was chaired by Prof. S.K. Patil, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, IGKV, Raipur. Dignitaries on dais included Smt. Anita Yogendra Sharma and Dr. Vinay Jaiswal (Hon’ble MLAs of Chhattisgarh); Dr. R. K. Singh, Assistant Director General (CC &FFC), ICAR; Dr. Khem Chand, Director, ICAR-IGFRI, Jhansi. 

Dr. S. K. Patil, Vice Chancellor, IGKV, Raipur welcomed the delegates and presented achievements of University for the farming community especially in the forage crops. He highlighted the need of forage resources and improved technologies for enhancing the livelihood options and increasing the farmer’s income in Chhattisgarh. 

Dr. A. K. Roy, Project Coordinator, AICRP on Forage Crops and Utilization presented the brief introduction of the AICRP, Salient achievements during last 5 years period and summary of activities and results of the trials carried out in Kharif 2018.  

Dr. R. K. Singh, ADG (CC & FFC), ICAR highlighted the achievements of NARS scientists in increasing the overall agricultural output in last few decades. He stressed upon need of disseminating new technologies to the actual users for increasing livestock outputs both in terms of quality as well as quantity. He highlighted need of more collaboration between various agencies for awareness of different stakeholders. 

 Dr. Khem Chand, Director, ICAR-IGFRI, Jhansi highlighted the technologies developed and successfully demonstrated by IGFRI in various parts of the country to rejuvenate the grassland and pasture lands to bridge the demand and supply gap of forage availability.

Dr. Vinay Jaiswal (MLA, Manendragarh, Chhattisgarh) and Smt. Anita Yogendra Sharma (MLA, Dharsiwan, Chhattisgarh) highlighted the importance of forages and animal husbandry especially with reference to Chhattisgarh. They informed in detail about various steps taken by state government for livestock and grassland development in the state. They informed about the state government policies to develop cow shelters and grassland in each village panchayat which is being implemented. They emphasized on the use of technologies developed by research organizations to produce more forages for these livestock. The need of conservation of surplus fodder for lean period was also highlighted. 

Various publications were released which included the Annual Report of AICRP on Forage Crops and Utilization, and extension bulletins in regional languages by different AICRP centers. Certificates of appreciation were awarded to BCKV, Kalyani and IGKV, Raipur AICRP centers for their outstanding contribution. 

Seven technical sessions were held during 26-27 February, 2019. Varietal Identification Committee Meeting was held under the chairmanship of Dr R. K. Singh, ADG (CC & FFC) and 14 varieties in 9 forage crops including cultivated forage crops, range grasses and legumes were identified for release in different zones of the country.  

Dr. A. L. Rathore, Director Extension, IGKV, Raipur presented the vote of thanks. 

Plenary session was chaired by Prof. S.K. Patil, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, IGKV, Raipur. Rapporteurs of different technical sessions presented the recommendations which were accepted after discussion and suitable modifications.