A two-day National Seminar on Reorientation of Agricultural Research to ensure National Food Security began at Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University (CCSHAU) on Monday.
Nearly 400 agricultural scientists and corporate officials across the country are participating in the seminar organised by the directorate of research of the university in collaboration with department of science and technology, Government of India.
Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana vice-chancellor BS Dhillon was the chief guest at the inaugural function. He expressed the need of increasing agricultural production to ensure food availability and food access to the growing population. "Despite a magnificent increase in food grain production in the country, nearly 35 crore people were malnourished and 45% children experienced stunted growth, a prime indication of malnutrition," he said.
CCSHAU vice-chancellor KS Khokhar said that agricultural efforts had achieved nearly 5 times increase in food production from 1950 when India's foodgrain production was only 50 million tonnes, and the country had to import nearly 5 million tonnes of foodgrains.
Director of research SS Siwach, College of Agriculture dean RK Pannu, and project director RP Saharan also spoke on the occasion.