National symposium held on innovative farming techniques
The Indian Institute of Natural Resins and Gums today organised a national symposium on ‘Recent Advances in Beneficial Insects’ with focus on use of modern farming techniques instead of older chemical based technique which the eminent speakers termed to be less productive and more resource consuming.
The symposium which focused on Apiculture, Sericulture and Lac culture which will benefit Jharkhand as the State — with dense forests and natural resources — is considered ideal for these types of farming which has commercial significance besides offering employment opportunities to rural population. Interestingly, the institution has been active in promoting lac culture in adjoining areas of Ranchi.
In the inaugural address, director IINRG R Ramani said Jharkhand presents an excellent opportunity not only in the field of lac but also in the field of apiculture and sericulture. Ramani said the State with rich forest resources could prove effective in the production of honey and silk. The Director sought cooperation from the forest department in this regard and informed the gathering about various types of projects undertaken by the institution which is pioneer in the area of farming through beneficial insects.
The Principal Chief Conservator of Forest A K Malhotra assured the institution that the forest department will extend necessary help for promoting the farming which benefits people of lower social strata and provides means of livelihood to the people who otherwise cannot migrate out of their area in search of job.
Notably, as many as 120 representatives from around 15 states are participating in the three day symposium which incidentally provides a platform to the scientists from as many states to spread awareness about best practices and technologies that can be used by farmers besides latest innovation in the area of farming through beneficial insects.
Considering the fertility of land in Jharkhand eminent speakers suggested adopting different methods of farming than the usual chemical based which they felt is proportionately more resource consuming and less beneficial. Representative of Food & Agriculture Organisation Peter E Kenmore emphasized on investing in monitoring of pest infiltration, which according to him happens through free movement of farm produce between two places, for better crop protection and management.
Interestingly, the land of forest was also praised for its rich biodiversity and specificity hence ideal for cultivation of specialized types of plants chiefly medicinal plants.
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