SRINAGAR: The Annual Group meeting of All India Coordinated Research Project on Agroforestry was inaugurated Sunday at the convention center of SK University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology-Kashmir (SKUAST-K) Shalimar here.
An official handout issued here said the meeting was inaugurated by Dr Javed Rizvi, Regional Director of World Agroforestry Center’s South Asia Programme. It said 71 participants from 37 centres across India would be participating in the event.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Rizvi, who was the chief guest, said India should be used as a “technological-hub and help neighbouring countries and people-in-need”.
Announcing that the regional consultation meeting is going to be held in October, he invited the scientists to take part in the meeting.
“It will not be a traditional meeting, but there will be hot discussions and one-to-one meetings. Brainstorming sessions will be multidisciplinary and all the streams will be involved,” he said.
Prof K N Qaisar, Dean Faculty of Forestry, highlighted the programme of AICRP-Agroforestry.
“It is dream come true that this event is being organised in our university, as we are a part of AICRP-Agroforestry for last 30 year. We are lucky enough to organise it this time in our university,” he said.
Prof Shafiq A Wani, Director Research of SKUAST-K, spoke about the importance of Agroforestry Systems in the context of Kashmir valley.
“The land-use system has the potential to bridge the gap between demand and supply of fodder, fuel-wood and timber,” he said and requested the dignitaries for “generous funding” for the upcoming Forestry faculty at Benhama, Ganderbal.
Dr S K Dhyani, former Director of CAFRI, who presently heads NRM Division, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi, presented Coordinator’s Report.
Dr Dhyani appreciated the efforts of the Vice Chancellor Dr Tej Pratap for “world-class infrastructure at Shalimar and other campuses”.
“Two more centers are being added: one at Simouga and another at SKUAST-J in the AICRP group. Country is fortunate enough that National Mission on Agroforestry is being launched very soon,” he said.
“Silvipasture Systems and boundary plantations need to be promoted and one-third of the land should be put under the fodder for the livestock and the remaining under AF Systems,” he said.
Several books were released on the occasion.
Also Tej-Wani Award on AF Research and Development was announced and was conferred upon Dr A Arunachalam and Dr Rajinderan. A cash award of Rs 10,000 and a citation was given to the scientists.