Staff Correspondent

DHARWAD: VD. Patil, Assistant Director-General (Oil Seeds and Pulses), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), has called upon the agricultural scientists to take up technology transfer development for meeting the production requirement of oilseeds and to enhance the per capita availability of vegetable oil.

Inaugurating the 37th Annual Group Meeting of All India Coordinated Research Project on Soybean at the University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS) here on Saturday, he stressed the need for the State Agriculture Department to come out with an action plan in this regard.

Sustainable growth

He said that since soybean was an "introduced oilseed crop," there was a need to maintain sustainable growth in the area and also productivity. And for that to happen, increase in the soybean-based raw material processing plants was required, he added.

Presiding over the function, Krishna Nayak, Extension Director, UAS, underscored the need for value addition along with increase in productivity to assure food safety and overcome mass nutrition problem in the country.

Technology

N.D. Jambhale, Assistant Director-General (Seeds), ICAR, said agricultural scientists should engage themselves in developing the necessary technology.

G.S. Chauhan, Director, National Research Centre for Soybean, Indore, presented the annual report of the All India Coordinated Research Project on Soybean. R.R. Hanchinal welcomed the gathering.

Parameshwarappa presented a vote of thanks.

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