A two-day annual group meet of All India Coordinated Research Project (AICRP) on Forage Crops (FC) began under Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi, at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) on Tuesday
Scientists working on forage crops in different parts of the country are participating in the meet, jointly organised by PAU and Crop Improvement Society of India.
Chairing the inaugural session, PAU vice-chancellor Baldev Singh Dhillon emphasised on enhancing yield potential and developing better crop production and protection techniques.
He said, “Integrated farming is vital and emphasis on post-harvest technologies is required.”
Dhillon also stressed on integrating biotechnological tools for development of forage crops. “Collaboration with progressive farmers is essential as they are the real experimenters.”
The workshop would provide a platform to the scientists for good discussion, which would go a long way in boosting fodder production, he added.
Chief guest, PK Ghosh, director of Indian Grassland and Fodder Research Institute (IGFRI), Jhansi, stressed on having documentation of 180 fodder varieties, strengthening literature on forage crops with full package of practices, having policy support for seed chain of forage crops, and focusing on achievements as well as future programmes.
OP Yadav, project director at Directorate of Maize Research, New Delhi, and JP Yadvendra, QRT Member, were the guest of honours.
In his welcome address, SS Gosal, director of research, highlighted that PAU, since its inception, has developed many fodder varieties along with their matching production and protection technologies.
Presenting the summary report ‘Rabi 2013-14’, Dr AK Roy, project coordinator, AICRP (Forage Crops), said AICRP started in 1970 with the major objective of exploration, collection and conservation of germplasm of forage crops and range species.While proposing vote of thanks, KS Thind, head of plant breeding and genetics (PBG), PAU, said technical sessions on breeder seed production and forage crop improvement, production and protection were also held.