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Develop technology that benefits farmers: Experts

A CALL for developing technology that ensures profit from produce in the wake of spiraling costs was given by the former director of ICAR Dr G Kallu. He was the chief guest at the inauguration of a five-day ?Western region agriculture fair and exhibition-07? organised by the Union Ministry of Agriculture at National Research Centre for Soybean (NRCS) grounds in the City on Thursday.

india Updated: Feb 16, 2007 22:58 IST

A CALL for developing technology that ensures profit from produce in the wake of spiraling costs was given by the former director of ICAR Dr G Kallu. He was the chief guest at the inauguration of a five-day ‘Western region agriculture fair and exhibition-07’ organised by the Union Ministry of Agriculture at National Research Centre for Soybean (NRCS) grounds in the City on Thursday.

Kallu said that production cost has risen due to the increase in manure, seed and fertilizer. The farmers, however, do not get corresponding returns and feel dejected every time rains or middlemen cheat them. ICAR has developed 50 region and people specific models addressing this issue. Farmers from Malwa can go in for medicinal herbs, mushrooms, spices, flowers, grapes and oranges.

ICAR deputy director general Dr Satyaprakash Tiwari in his presidential address said that research in developing newer varieties is relevant only when it translates to use by farmers. Scientists also learn from farmers and the course of their finding changes on the requirement patterns.

ICAR assistant director general Dr VD Patil who was present as the guest of honour said that Madhya Pradesh is the soya state of the country. As the crop is rich in proteins, it is extremely profitable and soya needs to be cultivated on a scale fit for conversion into soya gold on the pattern of white gold, black gold and the likes.

NRCS director Dr GS Chauhan said that his institute is progressing towards development of a soybean variety that matures in 65 days and is resistant towards insects.

Padmashree TGK Kutti Menon, Union Agriculture and Cooperatives (information centre) director M Qazmi, Dr OP Joshi and other guests were also present on the occasion. Lecture by experts and scientists on ‘farming system and value addition towards evergreen revolution’ will be held on all the five days. Dr Girish Kumar Gupta conducted the inaugural ceremony and NRCS chief scientist Dr AK Vyas proposed the vote of thanks.