15 January,2023 Barrackpore
Dr. Himanshu Pathak, Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR) visited ICAR-Central Research Institute for Jute and Allied Fibers, Barrackpore today and interacted with farmers, scientists, staff of the Institutes and also with the Directors and Heads of Regional stations of Kolkata based ICAR institutes.
In his address, he emphasized farmers’ participatory technology development and on-farm research. Dr. Pathak urged the farmers to identify the most difficult problem in farming and approach scientists so that practical problem-solving technologies can be developed through on-farm experiments in farmers’ fields. The DG exhorted that the ICAR institutes are to be more vibrant in their activities to meet the future challenges and the transformation being initiated in the Council.
Dr. Pathak felicitated some of the progressive farmers and distributed farm implements and critical agricultural inputs developed by the ICAR-CRIJAF. He also reviewed some field experiments of the ICAR-CRIJAF research farm and visited fibre museum and exhibition hall where all viable technologies and diversified fibres have been displayed. He later inaugurated the institute’s main gate-cum-sale counter, farmers’ hostel of ICAR-CRIJAF-KVK, North-24 Parganas (Additional).
Earlier Dr. Gouranga Kar, Director, ICAR-CRIJAF briefed about the recent achievements of the institute and the technologies commercialized by the institute and its impact on improving the productivity and quality of jute fibre. Dr. Kar said that the institute has transformed the research projects into need-based, demand driven, problem solving programme for improvement of jute and allied fibres. He also urged the farmers to utilize the facilities created for them and feel free to visit /contact the Institute personnel.
About 250 farmers, farm women, SHG members, scientists, and officials of ICAR institutes participated in the program.
(Source: ICAR-Central Research Institute for Jute and Allied Fibers, Barrackpore)