ICAR-NBPGR, Regional Station, Jodhpur organized “Biodiversity Fair cum PGR Awareness Workshop” in Panchdewal village Pindwara Tehsil of Sirohi district in Rajasthan

Date Posted: 02-04-2018

ICAR-NBPGR, Regional Station, Jodhpur, organized a one day “Biodiversity Fair cum Plant Genetic Resources Awareness Workshop” in Panchdewal village in Pindwara Tehsil at Sirohi district of Rajasthan on 28th March 2018. The workshop was conducted in collaboration with the KVK Sirohi of the Jodhpur Agricultural University, Jodhpur. Shree Jayesh Patel, Jila Parishad sadasya, Pindwara graced the occasion as chief guest. In his address as the chief guest, Shree Patel appreciated the conservation activities being carried out by the Jodhpur Station of the Bureau and emphasized the need of making the farmers aware about conservation of bio-diversity of the region. He congratulated the ICAR-NBPGR Regional station Jodhpur for selecting such a remote and tribal village for this very important activity. The chief guest praised such initiatives and called upon to carry out such programmes regularly to generate awareness about conservation of biodiversity. Dr. Ranbir Singh Rathi, Principal scientist NBPGR, New Delhi welcomed the chief guest and the farmer participants. He delivered the introductory lecture. Dr. Rathi stressed upon the farmers to safeguard the seeds of crop landraces and conserves it with National Gene Bank of NBPGR. Dr. Rathi also explained nicely the phenomenon of climate change and its immediate and long lasting implications on agricultural biodiversity by citing examples. This was followed by the expert addresses by Dr. Dileep Singh, Project Coordinator KVK Sirohi and Dr. Hardayal Jat SMS KVK Sirohi. More than 200 farmers, mostly women and young farmers attended the workshop and were sensitized about the need and importance of the conservation of agro-biodiversity by the speaker resource persons. Smt. Rajni devi, Sarpanch Panchdewal Panchayat also put forth her point of view on agro-biodiversity and its conservation during the workshop. The role of ICAR-NBPGR in the conservation of the plant genetic resources of agri-horticultural crops of India was highlighted by Dr. Kartar Singh, Scientist ICAR-NBPGR regional Station Jodhpur in his address as the organizer of the workshop. An exhibition of agri-horticultural germplasm was put on the occasion and was visited and appreciated by the participating farmers and the honorable chief guest. The agricultural tools kits containing Spade, Maize sheller and Green gram (GM-4) seed were distributed to a total of 173 farmers during the workshop.

(Source: Dr. Kartar Singh, ICAR-NBPGR, Regional Station, Jodhpur-342 003 )