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ICAR-NBGPR, Regional Station, Akola organized a Workshop cum Awareness programme under Schedule Caste Sub-Plan

Date Posted: 06-04-2021

A Workshop cum Awareness programme under Schedule Caste Sub-Plan on “Conservation of Plant Genetic Resources for Health and Nutritional Security” was organized at village Goregaon (Kh), Tal: Akola, Dist: Akola, Maharashtra State on 30th March 2021. It was organized with the local support from Gram Panchayat, Goregaon (Kh) and Anand Buddha Vihar Samiti, Goregaon (Kh). A total of 125 participants comprising farmers and organizers were part of the programme. Women farmers also participated proactively in the event. Shri. Ashok Telgote, President, Anand Buddha Vihar Samiti was the chief guest of the programme. Dr. Dinesh Chand, OIC, ICAR-NBPGR, Regional Station, Akola Chaired the programme. Shri. Sachin Wakode, Sarpanch, Goregaon; Shri. Sanjay Tayade, Secretary, Anand Buddha Vihar Samiti and Shri. Nitin Ujade, Progressive Farmer were the guests of honour. Dr. Sunil S. Gomashe, Sr. Scientist, ICAR-NBPGR, RS, Akola coordinated the event and highlighted the purpose of the workshop and programme. From Anand Buddha Vihar Samiti, Shri. Vijayanand Tayade co-ordinated distribution of kits. The farmers were upraised on importance of conserving the valuable plant genetic resources in their region. Dr. Dinesh Chand gave overview of ICAR-NBPGR activities related to conservation of plant genetic resources and stressed on need of diversification in farming system by inclusion of millets, minor pulses, oil seeds and other potential crops. Two extension folders on Nutritional benefits and improved cultivation practices of Grain Amaranth and Sesame crops were released during the programme. All the guests of honour in their address urged the community to include the minor pulses, oilseeds and potential crops which have high nutritional and medicinal value in their diet and also start the cultivation of these land races on small area to produce for at least in-house consumption. Shri. Sachin Wakode, Sarpanch mentioned that they are starting a processing plant in their village for processing and value addition of these native nutritious pulses, small millets and oil seeds. He also expressed thanks to ICAR-NBPGR for organizing the programme in their village and requested farmers to take up the cultivation of these crops on their farm on at least small area. ICAR-NBPGR displayed the diversity collected in millets, oilseeds, pulses and potential crops. Out of 100 farmer beneficiaries, only 30 farmers were allowed to attend the programme at a time due to prevailing Covid19 control guidelines. For rest of the farmers (70), we visited the respective villages to disseminate the information. A kit consisting of Lemon seedlings, improved varieties of vegetables seed packets, Trichoderma viridae bio-fungicide and Plastic Ghamela were distributed to 100 beneficiary farmers from Goregaon Kh (85), Goregaon Bk (05) and Mazod (10). Finally Dr. Sunil Gomashe proposed the vote of thanks and urged the tribal farmers to plant the lemon seedlings and vegetable seeds for their health and nutrition security. From ICAR-NBPGR, project staff Shri. Nadan Tayade (JRF), Shri. Pavan Wathore (Pro Asst.), Shri. Ganesh Rathod and Akshay Shendre made arrangements for PGR diversity exhibition and kit distribution.

(Source Dr Dinesh Chand, ICAR-NBPGR, Regional Station Akola)