Monday, 20 November 2017

XXVIII Workshop of AICRP on Spices at Dr. Y. S. R. Horticultural University, Lam, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh.

The 28th Workshop of ICAR-All India Coordinated Research Project on Spices was conducted during 10-12 October 2017 at Horticultural Research Station, Dr. Y. S. R. Horticultural University, Lam, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh. The workshop was inaugurated by Sri. Chiranjiv Choudhary, IFS, Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Y.S.R Horticultural University, Andhra Pradesh on 10th October 2017 who opined that efforts should be channelized to evolve climate resilient varieties in the regime of global climate change. Dr. T. Janakiram, Assistant Director General (Horticulture Science II), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi was the Chief Guest during the occasion and appraised the relevance of value chain in assuring farmer’s income through interventions at various phases of production chain including quality planting material, protected cultivation and value addition. Dr. J. Dilip Babu, Director of Research, Dr. Y.S.R. HU delivered welcome address. During the inaugural session the “Best AICRPS Centre Award 2016-17” was presented to three AICRPS centres viz., Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University, Dholi, Dr. Y. S. R. Horticultural University Centres at Guntur and Chintapalle. Ten booklets/pamphlets and one DVD on spices production technologies in English and local languages from different AICRPS centres were released during the occasion.

The workshop was organized in six Technical Sessions – Genetic Resources and Crop Improvement, Crop Management, Crop Protection, Variety Release, Technology Transfer and Plenary, besides a ‘Brain Storming Session on Turmeric” in which varietal wealth, marketing, value chain development, crop production and protection technologies in turmeric were discussed. During the workshop, six varieties (2 turmeric, 2 coriander, 1 cassia and 1 fenugreek) were recommended for release. Five location specific technologies for various states were recommended during the transfer of technology session. The plenary session was chaired by Dr. T. Janakiram, ADG (HS-II), Dr. Gopal Lal, Director, ICAR-NRC on Seed Spices and Dr. J. Dilip Babu, Director of Research, Dr. Y.S.R. HU. The Project Coordinator presented the Action Taken Report of 27th workshop and the research highlights and it was approved by the workshop. In the plenary session, recommendations of all the technical sessions were presented and approved. Dr. T. Janakiram, ADG (HS-II) in his remarks congratulated the Best AICRPS centres and the scientists involved in developing new varieties and technologies which were approved in the workshop.

 

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