Bhubaneswar:23/6/18; The 24th meeting of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)-Regional Committee II comprising members from the states of West Bengal, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, commenced today at M. S. Swaminathan hall, OUAT, Bhubaneswar.
The ICAR has set up eight Regional Committees across the country on the basis of agro-climatic regions of the country. These Regional Committees have been set up to provide a forum to the stakeholders to examine in depth the major gaps in current research and training efforts, to identify priorities and to decide agenda of research and extension in agriculture, animal husbandry and fisheries for this region for coming years.
Dr. T. Mohapatra, Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR, New Delhi, in his presidential address emphasized that the region offers tremendous scope and opportunities for multifaceted growth of agriculture sector, including animal husbandry, fisheries, horticulture, sericulture and others. The region is contributing significantly to the food basket of India. The states of this region are the major producers of rice, potato, tobacco, jute, poultry, fishes, oil-palm, vegetables and flowers. The country produces more than 280 million metric tonnes food grains despite the problems of climate change, loss of arable areas due to urbanization and a host of other problems. A right mix of technological breakthroughs and policy support has made this happen. He called for concerted efforts of ICAR, SAUs and state governments to ensure that doubling of farmers’ income becomes a reality.
Dr. J.K. Jena, DDG (Fisheries Science & Animal Science) presented the background of RCM II and highlighted the major accomplishments of agricultural research and development in this region.
Earlier in the day Dr. B.K. Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI and Member Secretary of RCM II welcomed the delegates.