Meeting of the ICAR Regional Committee-II
The 23rd meeting of ICAR-Regional Committee-II was held at ICAR-NAARM, Hyderabad, during 24-25 June 2016. Honorable Minister of State (Independent Charge), Department of Animal Resources Development, Government of West Bengal, Sri Swapan Debnath, was the Chief Guest in the inaugural ceremony on 24 June 2016. In the inaugural address, he said that the rural economy of West Bengal depends mainly on agriculture, fisheries and animal husbandry. His Department has drawn up plans to mitigate the gap between demand and production by bringing self reliance and sufficiency. He expressed hopes that this meeting will be of immense help for the State in informed decision making and planning for development of the sector.
The Secretary DARE and Director General ICAR, Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, in his address outlined the achievements of ICAR during the past two years in agricultural research, education and extension under the NARS in the country. He explained the current objectives of the ICAR in meeting the challenges of the agricultural sector and gave examples of the crop varieties and technologies released in different agro climatic regions of India. He also spoke of the developments and challenges in Horticulture, Biotechnology, Agricultural Engineering, Natural Resources Management, Animal Sciences, Extension and Fisheries. also emphasized need for doubling farmers' income in the country.
The Deputy Director General (Fisheries), ICAR and Nodal Officer, RCM-II, Dr. J. K. Jena, in his opening remarks spoke on the objectives of the Regional Committee Meeting and issues to be addressed in the current meeting.
Earlier, Dr. D. Rama Rao, Director, ICAR-National Academy of Agricultural Research Management, Hyderabad welcomed the gathering and in the end Dr. V. R. Suresh, Director (Acting), ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore and Member Secretary, RCM-II proposed vote of thanks.
Five publications from different ICAR institutes were released by the Dignitaries in the inaugural session.
The inaugural session was followed by the Technical Session, which were chaired by the DG, ICAR. The State Government officials highlighted specific issues and respective SAU, DDGs and ICAR Institutes responded to these issues with suggestions and solutions, where ever available. A number of action plains were framed based on the discussion.