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CHES Bhubaneswar observed “Women in Agriculture Day”

CHES Bhubaneswar observed “Women in Agriculture Day”


“Women in Agriculture Day” was observed at Central Horticultural Experiment Station, Bhubaneswar on 4th December 2014. The programme was inaugurated by Chief Guest Dr. Neelam Grewal, Director, Directorate of Research on Women in Agriculture, Bhubaneswar and Guests of Honour Dr (Mrs) Meena Senapati, Director, Centre for plant Tissue culture and Biothchnology, Bhubaneswar and Mrs. Anupama Raut of Joint Endeavour for Emancipation and Tribal Awareness (JEETA) – Land entitlement for tribal women, Deogarh, Odisha. The programme was participated by the staff, students, and women farmers from villages near Bhubaneswar.

At the outset Dr. H.S. Singh Head of the Station welcomed all the guests. While delivering the welcome address Dr. G. Sangeetha, Sr. Scientist enlightened the gathering about the origin and importance of observing the ‘Women in Agriculture Day’ every year. Addressing the gathering Mrs. Anupama Raut, highlighted plight of the some farm women labourers who are paid lesser wages and compared to their male counterparts. She also touched upon the issues related to the land entitlement and tribal women empowerment. Dr (Mrs) Meena Senapati stressed upon the need for skill development in the rural women for their economic empowerment. She assured her assistance in development of entrepreneur skills for commercial mushroom and vermicompost production. Chief Guest Dr. Neelam Grewal stressed upon the enhanced participation of rural women in the various programmes organised by various research and developmental organisations to widen their knowledge base. She also called upon the women folk to acquire earning skills, as the income in the hands of the farm women is invariably better utilised for the betterment of the family. She also attracted the attention of the house to the enormous scope of harnessing of potential of the womenfolk in agricultural sector to enhance the total agricultural output. At the end of the Inaugural session Dr. Deepa Samant, Scientist proposed the vote of Thanks.

In the interactive session Mrs. Anupama Raut, Dr. G.C. Acharya and Dr. P. Srinivas delivered talks on ‘Agriculture and tribal women’, ICAR and Women farmer issues and ‘Participation of women farmers in horticulture’ respectively. A field visit was organised for the visiting women farmers in the post lunch session. The programme was coordinated by Dr. P. Srinivas, Senior Scientist of the Station.

National Seminar on Strategies for Conservation, Improvement and Utilization of Underutilized Fruits Organized at CHES, Chettalli

National Seminar on Strategies for Conservation, Improvement and Utilization of Underutilized Fruits Organized at CHES, Chettalli


National Seminar on Strategies for Conservation, Improvement and Utilization Of Underutilized Fruits was organized at Central Horticultural Experiment Station, (ICAR-IIHR), Chettalli, Coorg , Karnataka, on 1-3rd December 2014 in collaboration with Society for Promotion of Horticulture (SPH). The seminar aims to create a platform for exchange of ideas and thoughts among the scientific fraternity, entrepreneurs, farmers, growers, students etc. from ICAR institutes, SAUs, KVKs and other Govt. and Non - Govt. organizations from different parts of the country who have been associated with underutilized fruits. Dr. T. Janaki Ram, Assistant Director General (Horticulture), ICAR  inaugurated the National seminar. He emphasized on conservation and utilization of these less known fruits for food and nutritional security of the common people.  He also expressed that a Centre of Excellence of Underutilized fruits should be started to provide


momentum to the research on these crops.  Dr.T.M. Rao, Director, Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bengaluru described the achievements of the Station for the past two years for the research and development of the underutilized fruits particularly Rambutan, Mangosteen, Avocado, Passion fruit etc. He emphasized for more work on production technologies of these fruits. Dr. V.A. Parathasarthy, National Co-coordinator for UNDP-TFT Project emphasized the role of Underutilized fruits and tree spices in the livelihood security of rural and tribal people. He opined on farm conservation of the indigenous underutilized fruits and tree spices. Dr. N.A. Prakash, Dean, College of Forestry, Ponnampet also spoke in the National seminar. Earlier, Dr. P.C. Tripathi, Head CHES, Chettalli welcomed the dignitaries and delegates, growers etc. During this 3 days seminar, six technical sessions on status, PGR, production, protection, utilization, marketing, value addition etc, were conducted. Concurrent session of poster presentations was also organized alongside the respective technical sessions. The seminar was participated by the delegates, students and farmers from twelve states and thirty institutions.  More than 25 lead papers and 125 posters presentation were made during the seminar. Dr. V.A. Parathasarthy, National Co-coordinator for UNDP-TFT Project, Dr S.K.  Sharma, Director, CIAH, Bikaner ,  Dr P.L Saroj Director , DCR ,Puttur, Dr H. Ravisankar, Former Director, CISH, Lucknow, Dr. Vishal Nath, Director , NRC Litchi Muzzafarpur, Dr. P. Chowdappa, Director, CPCRI, Kasaragod, Dr Ramanath Rao, Bioversity International, Dr. N. Kumar, Former Dean, TNAU, Coimbatore, Dr. B.C. Uthaiah, Ex Dean College of Forestry, Ponnampet, Dr B.C. Deka Joint Director, ICAR - NEH, Barapani, Dr G.S. Pandey , Director ,Agriculture, Andaman& Nicobar,  Dr M.R. Dinesh , Head, Division of Fruits IIHR, Bangalore were among the lead speakers. On the 3rd day seminar, the Scientists- Farmers- Entrepreneurs  session was also organized, more than 16 progressive growers , processors and marketing experts were presented during the deliberations. More than 500 farmers all over the country from  Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Kerala  were participated during the programme.  An exhibition was also organized during this occasion which was inaugurated by Dr. T. Janaki Ram , Assistant Director General (Horticulture), ICAR on first day of the seminar. Many ICAR Institutes, Research station, KVKs, CHES, IISR, DCR, DASD, Spices board, Coffee board  other research institutes displayed their achievements and technologies. A special exhibition of various underutilized fruits was also displayed under UNDP TFT Project three farmers who are maintaining and utilizing underutilized fruits were given certificate of appreciation.  The plenary session was chaired by Dr. A.N. Ganeshmurthy, Head,  Division of Soil Science and Agro Chemistry IIHR., Bengaluru and Deputy General Manager - NABARD, Deputy Director NHB, local representatives were expressed their views during this session. The speakers appreciated the various deliberations of the seminar and hope that  all the recommendations emerging out of this seminar will be implemented in coming years.


The delegates and farmers were also taken for the field visits to  various research blocks of CHES, Chettalli viz, rambutan, avocado, litchi, passion fruits, minor citrus  fruits  etc on 2nd and  3rd December 2014. The programme was coordinated by Dr P C Tripathi, Organizing Secretary and Dr.R.Senthil Kimuar, Dr.V.Sankar and Dr.G. Karunakaran Co-organizing Secretaries.