Meeting with Hon’ble Minister In-charge, Agriculture; Govt. of West Bengal on August 27, 2018 at Nabanna, Howrah
A meeting was held on August 27, 2018 at Nabanna, Howrah with Hon’ble Minister In-charge, Agriculture, Govt. of West Bengal to discuss about collaboration with State Department of Agriculture (SDA) and State Agricultural Universities (SAUs), West Bengal for promotion of research, training, teaching, entrepreneurship development and technologies related to rice and rice-based production system developed by ICAR-National Rice Research Institute, Cuttack.The meeting was presided over by Dr. Ashish Banerjee; Hon’ble Minister In-charge, Agriculture, Govt. of West Bengal. Shri PradipMazumder, Advisor to Chief Minster, Govt. of West Bengal and Smt. NandiniChakravorty, Secretary, Agriculture were also present in the meeting.
Dr. Himanshu Pathak, Director made the presentation in the house regarding possible areas for collaboration with ICAR-National Rice Research Institute. He highlighted the promising NRRI rice varieties and technologies suitable for West Bengal and emphasized on identification of specific interventions to improve rice productivity and profitability of the State. Shri Mazumder advised the officials of SDA to discuss with NRRI Group for proper plan of collaboration. He emphasized about the introduction of new varieties with superior grain quality, technologies like partial mechanization in rice farming, organic farming, and training of different stakeholders as well as entrepreneurship development for the young farmers of the State at NRRI, Cuttack. The Hon’ble Minister In-charge, Agriculture thanked Director, NRRI, Cuttack for taking initiative to work together for the benefit of the State in terms of Education, Research, Capacity Building and Technology Dissemination. He advised the Director of Agriculture, Govt. of West Bengal and Director, NRRI to continue the discussion for identifying major areas where collaboration is possible so that the State may get benefit from the National Institute like ICAR-NRRI.
The Senior Level Officers of SDA, Govt. Of West Bengal, namely, Dr. S.R.Patra, Director of Agriculture;Shri A. Lahiri, Additional Director of Agriculture; Shri Sajal Ghosh, Joint Director of Agriculture (Plan); Dr. R.K.Singh, Joint Director of Agriculture (Extension); Joint Director of Agriculture (Rice) were also present along with some other Officers of SDA. Dr. DipankarMaiti, Principal Scientist & Officer In-charge, NRRI-CRURRS, Hazaribagh; Dr. J.N.Reddy, Principal Scientist & Head, Crop Improvement Division and Dr. SanjoySaha, Principal Scientist & State In-charge, BGREI(West Bengal) were also attended the meeting.
|Dr. H. Pathak, Director, NRRI discussing with Dr. A. Banerjee,
Minister In-charge, Agriculture, West Bengal in the meeting
|Dr. H.Pathakpresenting the possible areas for collaboration with National Rice Research Institute.|
|Director felicitating Hon’ble Minister In-charge, West Bengal|