Raise quality wheat production
FORMER SPECIAL director general of the Indian Council for Agriculture Research (ICAR) Dr MV Rao stressed upon the need for introducing high-level technology in raising the production of quality wheat in the country.india Updated: Aug 19, 2006 00:12 IST
FORMER SPECIAL director general of the Indian Council for Agriculture Research (ICAR) Dr MV Rao stressed upon the need for introducing high-level technology in raising the production of quality wheat in the country.
Addressing a four-day workshop on the occasion of 45th All-India Wheat and Barley Research Workers’ meet at the Chandra Shekhar Azad Agriculture and Technology University (CSA) here on Friday, he said the per hectare yield of wheat in the country was very low and it needed to be raised by taking necessary measures to meet future demand.
Dr Rao said besides poor wheat production, the country also lacked proper storage facilities due to which millions of tons of wheat was wasted every year.
The wheat crop also suffered due to deadly diseases like yellow and brown rust.
He exhorted agro-scientists to develop more disease-resistant varieties of wheat for each state, keeping in mind the climatic conditions existing there. He said no single variety could prove beneficial for all states and suggested intensive use of biotechnology in the food production.
He said most of the fertile land in the country had become resistant to fertilizers and did not respond to the nutrients induced in the soil through fertilizers. Dr Rao suggested that alternate cropping systems should be introduced to ensure minimum loss of soil nutrients. He also stressed upon the need for developing a better agro-infrastructure for enhancing crop production in the country.
Director Agriculture Research at the CSA Dr RP Katiyar also stressed upon the need for raising the production of wheat and barley to make agriculture sustainable, profitable and globally competitive.
He said it was surprising that the country had made remarkable progress in raising the agriculture produce during the two decades after the Independence but the agro-production had decreased since the mid 1990. The slow growth of agriculture in Punjab, Haryana and UP has become a matter of serious concern for the nation.
He said while in a few states the wheat production had gone down considerably, in other states it had become stagnant. Dr Katiyar asked agro-scientists to work hard to boost agriculture production with special attention to wheat and barley.
About 305 delegates from different parts of the country and five delegates from International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), Mexico attended the pre-seminar workshop on wheat and barley and held discussions on various aspects of wheat and barley crops in groups.