AICRP on Forage Crops & Utilization, Jhansi

National Group Meet Rabi 2018


The National Group Meeting of the All India Coordinated Research Project on Forage Crops and Utilization was inaugurated on 07th September, 2018 at CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar.

Dr. O. P. Chaudhary, Joint Secretary (NLM), DADF, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India; Dr. R. K. Singh, Assistant Director General (CC & FFC), ICAR; Dr. Khem Chand, Director, ICAR-IGFRI, Jhansi and other dignitaries graced the occasion.

Dr. K.S. Grewal, Dean College of Agriculture, CCS HAU welcomed the delegates and presented in brief achievements of University particularly in the forage crops. He informed about the significant contribution and success of HAU varieties particularly in Rabi fodder crops like Oat and Berseem in increasing the fodder availability in the country.

Dr. A. K. Roy, Project Coordinator, AICRP on Forage Crops and Utilization presented the brief introduction of AICRP Forage project, Salient achievements during XII plan period and summary of activities carried out in Rabi 2017-18 and results.

Dr. D. B. Yadav, Project Director, CCS HAU, Hisar highlighted the need of suitable technologies for farming community. 

Dr.  Khem Chand, Director, ICAR-IGFRI, Jhansi  stressed on transfer of viable technologies related to fodder crops and highlighted the contribution made by IGFRI for the farmers and livestock keepers and efforts to bridge the demand and supply gap of forage availability.

Dr. R. K. Singh, ADG (CC & FFC), ICAR, highlighted the gaps in forage research and stressed upon the need of high yielding varieties with good nutritional quality and disease pest resistance. He raised the issue of huge import of Berseem seeds and emphasized to develop technologies for increasing Berseem seed availability. He called upon the need to improve the forage resources involving all the stakeholders.

Dr. O. P. Chaudhary, Joint Secretary (NLM), DADF, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India presented scenario of feed and fodder in the country and need to overcome the shortage of fodder. He informed about various programmes of DADF, GOI on these fronts and advocated the need of strengthening collaborations between different organizations and stakeholders. 

Various publications were released during the occasion. Certificates of appreciation were awarded to AICRP forage crops centres; PJTSAU, Hyderabad and SKUAST- K, Srinagar. The teams of scientists associated in developing varieties notified during the period were also honoured.

Various technical sessions were held during 7th and 8th September. In an interactive session, progressive farmers and livestock keepers presented their view points.

Varietal Identification committee meeting was held on 7th September under the Chairmanship of Dr R. K. Singh, ADG (FFC), ICAR and three varieties (JO-05-9 in Berseem; JHO 2015-1 and HFO-427 in Oats) were identified.

The meeting was attended by forage scientists from coordinating and voluntary centres, representatives of NDDB, NSC, DADF, Directors of Regional Fodder Station, GOI; private companies, progressive farmers, dairy owners etc.

Plenary session was held on 8th September, 2018. Rapporteurs of various sessions presented the recommendations which were approved after discussion and modifications.


(Submitted by Project Coordinator, AICRP on forage Crops and Utilization, Jhansi).