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Launching of "Consortium Research Platform on Borers” on 18th August 2014

08/16/2014 16:24

IIHR, Bangalore is launching the “Consortium Research Platform on Borers” at 9.30 AM on 18th August 2014. Honourable DDG (Hort. Sci.) Dr. N. K. Krishna Kumar has consented to launch the Consortium Research Platform. On this occasion, Dr N.K. Krishna Kumar is going to release a publication on borers and also inaugurate web site on borers. Followed by this, a two-day workshop on Technical Programme, 18-19, August, 2014 is organized.  Delegates from 31 centres across the country including Scientists from the Institute are going to participate and deliberate on various researchable issues aiming in containing the borer pests in Horticultural crops.

Dr. A. Krishnamoorthy,

Principal Scientist & Principal Investigator

CRP on Borers

Division of Entomology & Nematology

IIHR, Bangalore

Ph 9448503867

Inauguration of PG School at IIHR, Bangalore

08/16/2014 11:30
08/16/2014 12:30

Inauguration of PG School at IIHR, Bangalore

 

Post Graduate School in Horticultural Sciences at Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bengaluru is being started to offer Ph.D. programme of IARI, New Delhi from the academic year 2014-15.    Dr. S. Ayyappan, Hon'ble Secretary, DARE, Government of India and Director General, ICAR, New Delhi has kindly consented to be the Chief Guest and inaugurate the School on Saturday the 16th August, 2014 between 11.30 a.m. & 12.30 p.m.   Dr. N. K. Krishna Kumar, Hon'ble Deputy Director General (Hort. Sci.), ICAR has kindly consented to be Guest on the occasion. The PG School at IIHR, Bengaluru is offering Ph.D programme in the disciplines of Horticulture(Fruit Science), Horticulture(Vegetable Science) and Horticulture(Floriculture and Landscape Architure).

 

 

Dr. N. K. Krishna Kumar, DDG (Hort. Sc.) launches Document Management Portal at CHES, Bhubaneswar

Dr. N. K. Krishna Kumar, DDG (Hort. Sc.) launches Document Management Portal at CHES, Bhubaneswar

 

On the occasion of National Seminar-cum-Workshop on Strategies for Improvement, Enhancing Productivity and Utilization of Cucurbits, Dr. N. K. Krishna Kumar, Deputy Director General (Horticulture Science), ICAR, New Delhi, visited Central Horticultural Experiment Station (CHES), Bhubaneswar on 09.08.2014. He was accompanied by Dr T Janakiram, ADG (Hort. Sc.). At the outset, Dr. H. S. Singh, Head welcomed the DDG and ADG to the Station and appraised them of various research and development activities of the Centre. Expansion of the training hall, workshop and vehicle shed was suggested to be taken up in the current five year plan period. The DDG suggested to develop a master plan of the campus keeping in view the future needs. The DDG and ADG were shown the renovation work of the main building, including the central lab facility.

The Deputy Director General was apprised of the initiatives under taken for office automation. He launched the Document Management Portal in the Technical Cell of the Station and appreciated the effort which will contribute to reduce paper consumption for internal correspondences. 

           

The DDG planted a sapling of banyan tree at the main gate area during the visit. He emphasized that the main gate and adjoining area should have excellent aesthetic touch.

Both the visiting dignitaries were very happy to see the research and developmental activities of this Station. They congratulated the staff for doing good works in the regional centre of Indian Institute of Horticultural Research. Dr Sudhamoy Mandal, Senior Scientist (Plant Pathology) co-ordinated the visit of the DDG and ADG to the centre.

CHES- IIHR, Bhubaneswar organized 3 days National Seminar cum Workshop on “Strategies for improvement, enhancing productivity and utilization of Cucurbits”

CHES- IIHR, Bhubaneswar organized 3 days National Seminar cum Workshop on

“Strategies for improvement, enhancing productivity and utilization of Cucurbits”

 

Cucurbitaceous vegetable form one of the largest group of vegetables with genetic diversity however, they have not been given due scientific and academic importance and attention as a whole.  In recent years, there have been several scientific developments for exploration, collection, conservation, exploitation and post harvest utilization.  Despite pan India acceptance huge genetic base and diversified choice of vegetables, there is lack of co-ordinated scientific and academic efforts address the constraints faced in crop production, crop protection and post harvest value addition by contemporary researchers and farming community. 

To address these contentious issues, a National seminar cum workshop on Strategies for improvement, enhancing productivity and utilization of Cucurbits was organized by Central Horticultural Experiment Station, Bhubaneswar and SPH, Bengaluru during 8-10th August, 2014 at Bhubaneswar.  The meet was inaugurated by Hon’ble Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Huabandary, Government of Odisha Shri Pradeep Kumar Maharathy.  Addressing the gathering,   Hon’ble Minister called upon the researchers, academicians and students to diversify the scientific programmes to make them farmer friendly and location specific. Expressing his satisfaction over the quality of ICAR institutes works located at Bhubaneswar, he appreciated the kind of cucurbits diversity displayed in the exhibition. He expressed his happiness for Odisha being the host for this crucial National event.  In the Key note address the Hon’rable Vice Chancellor of OUAT, Bhubaneswar,    Dr Manoranjan Kar stressed upon the need of collaborative and concerted programmes to be undertaken with the support of State and Central governments for standardization of production and protection technologies for the farming community of India.  Shri S K Chadha, Director, Directorate of Horticulture, Government of Odisha in his inaugural remarks reaffirmed his support to the research and development of novel interventions. Dr H S Singh, Head, CHES, welcomed the scientific fraternity to the National Meet and expressed the hope that the deliberations during the seminar would translate in to implementable and practical programmes with defined schedules. 

Three progressive successful farmers, each from Telangana State, Maharashtra and Odisha State were felicitated by the Hon’ble Minister.   

Annex to venue an exhibition on “Cucurbits : Progress & Prospectus” was also organized depicting wide range of diversity available in Indian Cucurbits and their commercial potential for Post Harvest utilization.  The hybrid being developed by CHES, Bhubaneswar and the sweet gourd coloured Halwa were the prominent attractions of the exhibition. 

           

     

 

The Seminar was participated by the delegates, students and farmers from nine states and 26 institutions.  The six technical sessions on PGR, production, protection, utilization, marketing, value addition etc, were conducted.  Concurrent session of poster presentations was also organized alongside the respective technical sessions.  Participating farmers put forth their requirements, constraints and priorities before august scientific gathering.  Based on their feedback, there was recommendation to publish a coloured booklet, in regional language addressing the important production and protection constraints, for free distribution to the farming community cultivating cucurbitaceous crops. 

There was a session dedicated to the presentation of scientific research carried out by the students in different universities.  Students presented their post graduate research work and the best three were awarded. 

Several recommendations emerged at the end of three days of deliberations, during the plennary session chaired by the DDG (Hort.) Dr N K Krishna Kumar and Co-chaired by ADG (Hort.) Dr T Janakiram.  These recommendations were mainly focused on the collection, conservation, improvement, breeding and screening techniques, Seeds, Quality planting material, pest & disease management, entrepreneurship development, product diversification, post harvest handling and marketing and future challenges in cucurbit crops.

 The delegates and farmers were also taken for the field visits to cucurbit fields in CHES, Bhubaneswar on 9th and 10th of August respectively. For the event, Organizing Secretary was Dr L K Bharathi and Co-organizing Secretary was Dr Pitchaimuthu, Senior Scientist. 

 Chairing the first ever National Seminar on cucurbits, the DDG (Hort.), Dr N K Krishna Kumar and co chair ADG(Hort.), Dr T.Janakiram expressed their confidence that in coming years all the recommendations emerging out of this seminar will be implemented in veracity and the review of the same would be taken up in the next follow up seminar after 2-3 years.

National Seminar-cum-Workshop on Strategies for Improvement, Enhancing Productivity and Utilization of Cucurbits

08/08/2014 09:00
08/10/2014 16:00

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