• 3rd Meeting of Hill Consortium of ICAR Institutes organized in virtual mode

    The 3rd meeting of Hill Consortium of ICAR Institutes for technology exchange and joint research in between hill region of ICAR institutes was organized through virtual mode on November 10, 2021. Dr. Arunava Pattanayak, Director, ICAR-Indian Institute of Agricultural Biotechnology, Ranchi, Jharkhand was the Chief Guest on the occasion. The meeting started with ICAR Geet followed by the welcome address by the Director, ICAR-VPKAS, Almora Dr. Lakshmi Kant. The Chief Guest Dr. Pattanayak welcomed all the partners and informed the house that exchange of technologies developed by the partner institutes is a great success. The largest volume of technologies like seeds, solar drier, polyhouse have been sent from ICAR-VPKAS, Almora to NE hills. He also said that the early maturing varieties of rice, maize, millets, QPM, vegetables developed by ICAR-VPKAS, Almora has benefitted other hill states also. Also the farmers of Meghalaya were happy to see the performance of portable polyhouse developed by ICAR-VPKAS. Dr. Lakshmi Kant, Director, ICAR-VPKAS in his remarks said that the institute has developed and notified 172 high yielding varieties of 17 hill crops. The development of QPM variety Vivek QPM 59 and white finger millet variety and mechanization is great success of the institute. Dr. J.K. Bisht, Pr. Scientist & Head presented the Action Taken Report of 2nd Meeting of Hill Consortium. The meeting was attended by Dr. A.K. Tripathi, Director, ATARI, Guwahati and Umiam; Dr. V.K. Gupta, Director, NRC-Pig, Guwahati, Assam; Dr. Mihir Sarkar, Director, NRC –Yak, Arunachal Pradesh; Dr. A.K. Mohanty, JD, ICAR-IVRI, Mukteshwer; Dr. R.P. Singh, Director, ICAR-DFMD, Mukteshwar; Dr. Lakshmi Kant, Director, ICAR-VPKAS, Almora; Dr. N.N. Pandey, Pr. Scientist, ICAR-DCFR, Bhimtal; Dr. Vinod Kumar, ICAR-CPRI, Shimla, Himanchal Pradesh; Dr. C. Jana, SIC Central Laboratory, DFMD, Mukteshwar; Dr. N.K.Sharma, Pr. Scientist & Head, ICAR-IISWC, Dehradun; Dr. Putan Singh, Pr. Scientist & Dr. Sher Singh, Pr. Scientist, ICAR-IVRI, Mukteshwar; Dr. J & K Bisht, Pr. Scientist & Head; Dr. B.M. Pandey, Pr. Scientist; Dr. N.K. Hedau, Pr. Scientist; Dr. K.K. Mishra, Pr. Scientist; Dr. Renu Jethi, Sr. Scientist, Dr. Kushagra Joshi, Scientist; Dr. Priyanka Khati, Scientist of ICAR-VPKAS, Almora. All the partners exchanged their view about consortium and developed technologies. The meeting ended with vote of thanks by Dr. B.M. Pandey, In-Charge, Social Sciences Section, ICAR-VPKAS and coordinated by Dr. Renu Jethi.