01 April 2022, New Delhi: The ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bengaluru, Karnataka organized the three-day National Seminar on “Fruit Production in Eastern Tropical Region” at its Central Horticultural Experiment Station, Bhubaneswar, Odisha from 24th to 26th March, 2022.
The Seminar was aimed at devising a roadmap for the development of the fruit industry in the Eastern Tropical Region through deliberations and recommendations.
Dr. Anand Kumar Singh, Deputy Director General (Horticultural Science), ICAR emphasized on the judicious use of the resources to promote sustainability in the fruit production and enhancing the farmers’ income. The scope of Entrepreneurship development in the horticulture sector as it is the most vibrant sector in agriculture was underlined by Dr. Singh.
Prof. D.P. Ray, Chancellor, S‘O’A, Bhubaneswar, Odisha highlighted the importance of crop diversification owing to the prevalence of the different agro-climatic zones.
Dr. P.K. Agarwal, Vice-Chancellor, Odisha University of Agriculture & Technology, Bhubaneswar, Odisha outlined the importance of the post-harvest management including the processing and value-chain management in fruit crops for the development of the sector in the region.
Dr. V. Pandey, ADG (Horticultural Science), ICAR emphasized on the importance of the genetic diversity in fruit crops for the ecological sustainability and nutritional security.
Earlier, welcoming the dignitaries, Dr. B.N.S. Murthy, Director, ICAR-IIHR, Bengaluru, Karnataka urged the young scientists and students for actively participating and sharing the research findings.
The Scientists and Students from 23 Universities, 18 ICAR Institutes, FSSAI and IIP, Mumbai, Maharashtra participated in the Seminar.