Plant genetic resources awareness camp organized by ICAR-NBPGR RS Bhowali on 16th September, 2021 at Gamshali village

Date Posted: 13-10-2021

Plant genetic resources awareness camp was organized by ICAR-NBPGR, RS Bhowali at village Gamshali of Chamoli, Uttarakhand on 16th September, 2021 under TSP (Tribal sub plan). In awareness camp more than 150 farmers were participated from three different village’s viz. Gamshali, Bampa, and Niti. These villages are situated in buffer zone of Nanda Devi Biosphere reserve and the populace belongs to the Marchha sub-communities of Bhotiya tribe. Their main occupation is sheep rearing and cultivation of traditional landrace of agricultural crops. The programme started with formal welcome of the guest and participants by senior person of village. After that Dr. P.S. Mehta speak brief introduction of NBPGR and their activities and also highlighted the diversity of local land race of agricultural crops especially cereal, pulses and oilseed crops and their nutritional and cultural importance in Uttarakhand. Dr. K.M. Rai, scientist told about the status of conserved germplasm of temperate fruit and medicinal and aromatic crops at Bhowali station. He also highlighted the diversity of horticultural and medicinal & aromatic in that area, local use, nutritional value and conservation importance. Some of the farmers interacted with the experts about the promotion of local crops like buckwheat, Rajam, Pharan etc. and also discussed for major disease and insect pest infestation and their control in cultivated crops. During the programme farmers displayed crop diversity cultivated in their field which was assessed on spot by experts and cash price was awarded to the participated farmers. First cash prize was given to Mr. Avtar Singh and second prize to Ms. Rukmani Devi. A total of 150 farmer kits including storage bin, kutla and seeds of kitchen garden vegetable were distributed to the participated farmers during programme.

The programme ended with the vote thanks and distribution of lunch packets.

(Source Dr Mamta Aryaand Krishna Madhav Rai, NBPGR RS, Bhowali)