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ICAR-CCARI, Goa Marks 35th Foundation Day

The ICAR-CCARI Foundation Day prioritized rainwater harvesting and soil management, stressing the coastal region's biodiversity as an important asset.

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Several guests and agricultural luminaries graced the event, including Dr. Gurbachan Singh, Former Chairman of the Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board, New Delhi. ( Picture Courtesy: icar.org.in)
Several guests and agricultural luminaries graced the event, including Dr. Gurbachan Singh, Former Chairman of the Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board, New Delhi. ( Picture Courtesy: icar.org.in)

The ICAR-Central Coastal Agricultural Research Institute (ICAR-CCARI) situated in Goa commemorated its 35th Foundation Day on April 1, 2024. Several guests and agricultural luminaries graced the event, including Dr. Gurbachan Singh, Former Chairman of the Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board, New Delhi.

Urging Sustainable Agriculture

Dr. Singh's address called upon scientists to intensify efforts in areas such as rainwater harvesting, integrated farming systems, and soil management. Emphasizing the coastal region's rich biodiversity, he stressed the need for sustainable utilization. Furthermore, he advocated for a balanced approach to pest and disease management through the integration of organic and inorganic agrochemicals.

Achievements and Future Prospects

Dr. Parveen Kumar, the Director of ICAR-CCARI, Goa, took the stage to highlight the institute's achievements over the past year. Dr. V.S. Korikanthimath, Former Director of ICAR-CCARI, emphasized the importance of collaboration with coastal institutions to broaden the institute's impact across India's coastline. Meanwhile, Dr. N. P. Singh praised the institute's staff for their work and underscored the significance of Arecanut-based farming (Kulagar) for sustainable agriculture.

Preserving Biodiversity

The lush Western Ghats of India harbor plenty of varieties of flora and fauna, with Goa serving as a prime example of this natural abundance. The conducive climate of the region fosters diverse species, making it an invaluable resource for conservation efforts.

The tradition of 'kulagars', a homestead gardening system prevalent among farmers in the region, continues to thrive. This farming method is predominantly focused on horticultural products like betel nut, pepper, and bananas.

Expanding Horizons

Professor M.K. Janarthan of the Goa State Research Foundation spoke about fostering collaborations with coastal institutes to amplify ICAR-CCARI's footprint along India's coastline, envisioning a network of innovation and knowledge exchange.

Shri Govindaraju N.S., IAS, appreciated ICAR-CCARI's efforts in promoting inclusive agriculture, particularly through initiatives like touch-and-feel agriculture, which caters to special sections of society.

The event also served as a platform to recognize the contributions of staff members and progressive farmers, who were felicitated for their dedication and innovation in advancing agricultural practices.

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