Visit of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture - February 02-03, 2015
The ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR) organized the visit of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture to Bengaluru on February 02-03, 2015. The committee comprising of 12 Members from Loksabha, 4 Members form Rajyasabha, officers from Ministry of Agriculture, GOI and officers from ICAR, New Delhi under the Chairmanship of Honourable Shri Hukum Deo Narayaya Yadav had informal discussion on ‘Impact of chemical fertilizers and pesticides on agriculture and allied sectors in the country’ with the representatives of Indian Farmers Fertilizer Co-operative, Jaivik Krishik Society and Green Foundation. Informal discussion with the representatives of Department of Agriculture, Govt. of Karnataka on Impact of chemical fertilizers and pesticides on agriculture and allied sectors in the country was also held in the forenoon of February 02, 2015. The Committee also had discussion with the representatives of Dept. of Horticulture, Govt. of Karnataka and representatives from South India Floriculture Association on implementation of various schemes of National Horticulture Mission particularly protected cultivation of vegetable and flower crops in Karnataka state and the common problems of farmers in implementation of these. In the afternoon the Committee visited ICAR- National Institute of Animal Nutrition and Physiology (NIANP), Bengaluru. The Committee visited the exhibition and had informal discussion with the Director and scientists of the Institute on various programs and achievements.
The Committee visited International Flower Auction Bengaluru (IFAB). Then visited ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR), Hesaraghatta, Bengaluru on February 03, 2015. An exhibition depicting the achievements and success stories of technologies developed by the Institute was organized for the benefit of the visiting delegation. The members visited the exhibition and had discussions with the scientists on the achievements made in their fields of specialization during which the Chairman of the Committee released Grape Special; a micronutrient formulation, a red fleshed soft seeded guava hybrid selection ‘Arka Rashmi’, a high yielding and yellow vein mosaic virus resistant French bean variety ‘Arka Arjun’ and a high yielding marigold variety ‘Arka Bangara’ and MOU with private company for commercialization of the Institute developed bio-pesticide was also exchanged. The Committee visited Pesticide Residue Laboratory, Division of Post-Harvest Technology, Section of Agricultural Engineering, Mushroom Laboratory, demonstration plot of IIHR released varieties/hybrids of Vegetable crops and grape demonstration plot. Later, the Committee under the Chairmanship of Honorable Shri Hukum Deo Narayaya Yadav had informal discussion with the Director and senior Officers of the Institute and Assistant Director General (Hort.), ICAR, New Delhi on the programs and progress of the ongoing research activities. The Committee appreciated and congratulated the Institute for its excellent research work in the field of horticulture. The Director supported by the senior officers of the Institute, Asst. Director General (Hort.) and Assistant Director General (Plant Protection) ICAR, New Delhi participated in the meeting.