In a bid to develop technologies for nutritional security through vegetables, Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) inaugurated technology park at ICAR-Indian Institute of Vegetable Research (IIVR), Varanasi.
In an interaction with the scientists of IIVR, Dr Mohapatra emphasised on developing technologies for nutritional security through vegetables, promoting balcony vegetable farming and exploring the possibilities of exotic vegetable cultivation. He suggested to initiate work on root-stock breeding to develop multiple stress tolerant root-stock for grafted vegetables and also stressed for intensive utilisation of wild-species in pre-breeding programme of vegetables.
While inaugurating the technology park, Dr Mohapatra congratulated Dr. Bijendra Singh, Director, ICAR-IIVR and IIVR team for developing such park to demonstrate the latest vegetable technologies for the benefit of farmers and other stakeholders.
The ICAR DG attended the valedictory function of training on “Principles and production techniques of hybrid seed in vegetables” and urged to organise skill development training programme for self-employment of the unemployed youth. He also visited the experimental farm and laboratories and released three ICAR-IIVR publications.
Dr. Bijendra Singh briefed about the ongoing activities and achievements of the institute, and its impact on farmers’ field.