CSK H. P. Agricultural University, Palampur 176062
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May 09, 2013
Public Relations Unit
PRU/581 Dated: 9 May, 2013
Workshop at CSKHPAU
Farm officers meet to discuss Kharif crops
Palampur 26. A state level Agricultural officers workshop on Kharif crops was organized at CSK H. P. Agriculture University, here today. Around 200 officers from the State Department of Agriculture and scientists of the university deliberated on the strategy for increasing crop production in the ensuing Kharif crops.
Dr. S. K. Sharma, Vice-Chancellor, inaugurated the workshop and expressed satisfaction that in the last three preceding years, crop production has increased in the State. He congratulated the progressive farmers and participants for this feat. The Vice-Chancellor told that Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has been requested to sanction a centre at his university to accelerate research work on vegetable crops. As the protected cultivation was gaining ground so there was need to concentrate research on it. He advised that DNA fingerprinting work should be initiated on paddy and vegetable hybrid seeds as the state farmers were coming forward to adopt hybrid seed of these crops from the private sector. He also informed that the ICAR has instituted many awards for the protection of all new and traditional crop varieties and the crop diversity rich Himachal Pradesh deserves such awards with the awareness among the farming community. “ The scientists and farm officers should help farmers in this aspect”, he said.
Dr. J. C. Rana, Director of Agriculutre, elaborated about preparations for the Kharif crops. He informed that a target of 8.96 lakh tonne crop production has been fixed for kharif season and 30 thousand quintal seed has been arranged in addition to other requisite inputs. An area of two thousand hectare will be brought under organic agriculture and another thousand hectare under drip irrigation. He also elaborated about some new proposals to boost farm production.
Dr. S. P. Sharma, Director of Research, said that the university was evaluating seeds of private companies by DNA fingerprinting so that the farmers may not be duped by private companies. He said that research work on farm mechanization, seed production, crop protection , etc has been accelerated. He thanked the State Govt for sanctioning many projects under ‘Rashtirya Krishi Vikas Priyojna’ to advance need based research.
Dr. K. K. Katoch, Director of Extension Education, expressed the hope that sustainability will enable the state to reach required food crop production targets in future. The state was producing 30 percent more vegetables than local requirement and earning Rs. two thousand crore but efforts were required to increase oilseeds, pulses and fodder crop production.
Second half of the workshop was devoted to interaction between representatives of Krishi Vigyan Kendras and Agricultural Technology Management Agency. Some progressive farmers also attended the workshop and interaction.
Vice-Chancellor with directors at dais
May 07, 2013
Public Relations Unit
Significant University Activities for the month of April 2013
· Two research projects viz. i) “Evaluating indigenous veterinary medications for curing ephemeral fever/ bovine viral fever in the regions of Himachal Pradesh” amounting to Rs. 5.93 lakh with Dr. Alok Sharma, Deptt. of Veterinary & Animal Husbandry Extension as P.I. and ii) “Clinical Assessment of Curative Efficacy of Injection Gentin-80, Injection Entrotreat, Injection Oxymin, Suspension Altai plus and Liquid Abis-EC” amounting to Rs. 2.03 lakh with Dr. Ankur Sharma, Deptt. of Veterinary Medicine as P.I. have been sanctioned by the National Innovation Foundation-India, Deptt. of Science & Technology, Govt. of India and M/s Events Corporation, Unit, Kala Amb (HP).
· A research project entitled “Ultra-sonography and radioimmunoassay assisted endocrine modulation of ovarian follicular dynamics for augmentation of pregnancy rate in cows” worth Rs. 24.89 lakh was sanctioned to the Department of Veterinary Gynaecology & Obstetrics, COVAS with Dr. Pankaj Sood as P.I.
· Eleven project proposals worth Rs. 1440.45 lakh under RKVY Stream-I (six under Agriculture Sector and five under Animal Husbandry Sector) have been submitted to the Deptt. of Agriculture, Govt. of Himachal Pradesh for consideration and necessary funding.
· Two research project proposals viz. i) “Assessment of Nutritional Status of the Selected Beneficiaries of MDM Programme in Himachal Pradesh” amounting to Rs. 45.97 lakh ii) “Eco-friendly Management of Bacterial Wilt of Tomato caused by Ralstonia solanacearum” amounting to Rs. 24.07 lakh have been submitted to Ministry of Human Resource Development and Ministry of Environment and Forests, New Delhi for funding.
· Training programme-cum-workshop on “Methodology for on-farm research experiments with special emphasis for on-farm integrated farming system” was organised by the Deptt. of Agronomy, Forages and Grassland Management on 4-6.04. 2013. About sixty participants from different parts of the country engaged in farming system research participated in the programme.
· Annual Group Meeting of AICRP on Weed Control was organised by the Deptt. of Agronomy, Forages and Grassland Management on 26-27.04.2013. About seventy participants from different parts of the country engaged in Weed Control Research participated in the programme.
· The Directorate of Extension Education and KVKs organized 39 training programmes on various aspects which were attended by 2078 farmers. 167 Telephone help lines were attended by the ATIC. 695 farmers visited the University and KVKs for technical guidance. 54 diagnostic visits to the farmers’ field were conducted by the scientists of the KVK. 8 clinical services were provided by the scientists of the KVK Dhaulakuan. The Krishi Vigyan Kendra Kangra organized Scientific Advisory Committee Meeting on 5.04.2013.
· The State Level Action Planning Workshop of Krishi Vigyan Kendras of Himachal Pradesh was organized jointly by the Directorate of Extension Education and Zonal Project Directorate (ICAR) Ludhiana on 9.04.2013.
· A State level Kisan Mela and Pragtisheel Kisan Milan in collaboration with State Agri. Deptt. was organised on 20 & 21.04.2013. in which around 5000 farmers and 60 innovative farmers participated. The Mela was inaugurated by Sh. Sujan Singh Pathania, Hon’ble Agriculture Minister, Himachal Pradesh and valedictory function of the event was presided over by Sh. B.B.L. Butail Hon’ble Speaker, H.P. Vidhan Sabha.
· 405 clinical cases were diagnosed and treated in the Veterinary clinics and 200 samples were analyzed. 1470 fingerlings were distributed to the farmers.
· World Veterinary Day was organized jointly by Veterinary & Animal Science Teachers Association and State Veterinary Council at Dr. G.C.N. COVAS on 27.04.2013.
· Four students from PAU Ludhiana joined department of Agriculture Economics under courses exchange programme.
· A student from department of Agriculture Economics won 1st prize in All India University Students Research Zonal Level Convention held at Kurukshetra University.
· Shriram Bio Seed Genetics conducted a campus interview for various Executive Positions on 7.04.2013.
· Dr. Subhash Verma, Associate Professor, Deptt. of Veterinary Microbiology was awarded with ‘Mid Career scientist Award’ of ISVIB at National Conference of ISVIB held at IVRI
· Dr GCN COVAS generated an income of Rs. 20,23,958 only;College of Agriculture generated an income of Rs. 37,23,153 only and Directorate of Extension Education generated Rs. 4, 42, 447 only.
· The funds received from various funding agencies were fully utilized for payment of salary, wages, and retirement benefits etc.
May 03, 2013
Public Relations Unit
No. PRU/572 Dated: 2 May, 2013
Group meeting of all India coordinated Research Project on Vegetable crops at CSKHPAU
Palampur 26 April. A four day group meeting of around 300 scientists from 59 centres from all over the country under all India coordinated research project(AICRP) on vegetable crops was inaugurated at CSK H.P. Agriculture University, here today.
Chief Guest Dr. Kirti Singh, eminent farm scientist and formerly longest serving vice chancellor of three farm universities in the country, advised vegetable breeders and other scientists to appreciate the emerging challenges of increasing population and fast decreasing farm land and make fewer but useful recommendations. He said that it needs to be ascertained that how many crop varieties and recommended technologies have been adopted by the farming community. “Unless impact analysis is done,the research will be confined to the institutions only”, he added.
He also advised that massive vegetable seed production programme can be launched in states like Himachal Pradesh and Uttrakhand where climatic conditions were very suitable for it. He also suggested to the Indian Council of Agricultural Research(ICAR) to upgrade voluntary centre on vegetable crops at Palampur to full fledged centre under AICRP. Dr.Singh appreciated the role of farm scientists from H.P.in the Indian Agricultural Research System.
Dr. S. K. Sharma, Vice-Chancellor, in presidential remarks, told that tribal areas of the state were very suitable for growing exotic vegetables and some of the progressive farmers have proved it by earning more income per unit area than fruits. He said that vegetable production has got a big boost due to government initiatives like poly-house scheme yet much can be done.He also suggested to preserve germplasm of certain leafy, tuber and not domesticated vegetables which were popular among people in various parts of the country.”Field gene bank can be established in Lahul & Spiti”, he suggested.
Dr.S.K.Malhotra, Assistant Director General, ICAR, said that many challenges can be resolved under AICRPs and the scientists need to accept the problems like climate change and refine their research accordingly. Dr.P.S.Naik, Director, Indian institute of vegetable research, Varanasi told that over 450 improved vegetable crop varieties have been developed and vegetable production has increased several fold after independence. Dr.B.Singh, project coordinator detailed achievements under AICRP on vegetable crops in the last one year.
Dr.S.P.Sharma, director of research, told that 24 vegetable crops have been taken up for research under AICRP and his university have achieved good results. Dr.Vidyasagar, organizing secretary informed that many top scientists like Drs. Gobind Kaloo,Braham Singh, S.K.Pandey, D.P.Singh, etc. are taking part in the meeting.
Two books on vegetale crops authored by Drs. Parveen Sharma, Pardeep Kumar & N.K.Pathnais and Drs. Sonia Sood & V.Sagar were released by the chief guest.
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