ICAR-NBPGR RS Jodhpur organized One day awareness programme cum workshop on conservation of Plant Genetic Resources at Ratanpuriya village of Peepalkhoont tehsil in Pratapgarh, Rajasthan

Date Posted: 19-11-2019

One day awareness programme cum workshop on conservation of Plant Genetic Resources for nutritional and livelihood security of tribal farming community was successfully organized on 16th November, 2019, under TSP programme at Ratanpuriya village of Peepalkhoont tehsil in Pratapgarh district, Rajasthan. The programme was organized in collaboration with Gramin Vikash Vigyan Samiti (GRAVIS) and Krishi Vigyan Kendra Pratapgarh. The main purpose of the event was to educate the tribals about the importance of conservation of landraces/ local cultivars and protection of endangered species of crops of that area, so that the conservation of this priceless treasure can be done by the farmers for the farmers and ultimately for the country. The workshop was inaugurated by the welcome speech of Dr. Om Vir Singh, OIC, NBPGR RS Jodhpur who gave detailed information about ICAR-NBPGR and the objectives of the programme. He explained to the farmers about agro-biodiversity available in Rajasthan. Shri Gautam Meena, Sarpanch gram panchayat Ratanpuriya was chief guest of the event. In his address as the chief guest, Shree Meena 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. Kartar Singh (Scientist, NBPGR RS Jodhpur), Dr. Yogesh Kannojia (KVK Pratapgarh) and Shree Chaina Ram Mali (GRAVIS) also spoke on the occasion and termed the event highly informative. At the end of the workshop Dr. Kartar Singh (Scientist, NBPGR RS Jodhpur) proposed vote of thanks to the guests and farmers. Seeds of improved wheat variety were distributed to 150 farmers.

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