The XXVI Research Advisory Committee (RAC) meeting of ICAR-VPKAS, Almora was held on September 15-16, 2022 under the Chairmanship of Dr. H.S. Gupta, Chairman, Farmer Commission, Assam & Former DG. Borlaug Institute of South Asia (BISA). The RAC members present in the meeting were Prof. S.R Maloo, Ex-Director Research and Associate Director (Seeds & Farms), MPUAT; Dr. C. Chattopadhyay, CRIJAF, Barrackpore; Dr. Anjani Kumar IFPRI, New Delhi; Dr. H.C. Bhattacharyya, Dean, Daffodil College of Horticulture, DMET, Khetri, Kamrup (Metro) and Mr Sanjeev Deshta, Farmer Member. The meeting was also attended by HODs and all scientists of the Institute.

The meeting began with the welcome of the Chairman and members of the RAC by Dr. Lakshmi Kant, Director, ICAR–VPKAS, Almora. He presented the salient achievements of the Institute. Member secretary Dr. J.K. Bisht presented the ATR of the previous RAC meeting held on June 10, 2021, followed by the presentation of divisional heads/section in-charges. Chairman and members congratulated all the presenters and expressed their satisfaction with the action taken report of last RAC’s recommendations. Appreciating the work done by each division/section and Institute as a whole, the RAC chairman and members congratulated the scientists of the Institute for their commendable work. RAC also visited Experiment Research Farm, Hawalbag with scientists. Chairman and members expressed their satisfaction regarding the nice conduction of experiments.