The annual group meet of All India Coordinated Research Project (AICRP) on Forage Crops (FC) concluded at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) on Wednesday. As many as 75 scientists from 21 State Agricultural Universities and Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) institutes participated in the meet. PAU and Crop Improvement Society of India jointly organised the meet under the aegis of ICAR, New Delhi.
Chairing the concluding session, SS Gosal, Director of Research, PAU said there was a need to enhance seed production system keeping in mind the frequency at which it was being imported. “The demand for lucerne seed is escalating among farmers,” he said adding while calling upon experts to opt for lucerne seed production and its breeding programme. Gosal also emphasised on maintenance of soil health and minimising the use of agro-chemicals while growing fodder crops. “Stress should be laid on germplasm collection, maintenance, production, characterisation and its utilisation,” he said. Besides, Gosal also underlined the need for maintaining data of good fodder varieties for silage making. He said it was vital for the farmers to maintain close contact with the scientists for the upgradation of knowledge on various agri-aspects.
Guest of honour JP Yadvendra, QRT member, laid stress on minimal use of pesticides while cultivating forage crops.AK Roy, project coordinator, AICRP (Forage Crops), said with the growing demand for silage, training programmes for the farmers on silage making should be organised. Farmers should also hold discussions with forage section experts for the development of new varieties, he suggested.Besides, technical sessions on centre-wise activities and fodder technology demonstration (FTD) were also held on Wednesday.