As per the suggestions and instructions of the Indore, Member of Parliament Shankar Lalwaniji and District Collector Manish Singhji, in a meeting held on June 03 at Residency Kothi, an online webinar was organized on Friday by the Indian Institute of Soybean Research on “Early, medium and long duration varieties of soybeans and their seed availability”, in which more than 220 farmers and extension workers from Indore as well as other districts of Madhya Pradesh participated.
The programme was conducted in collaboration with District Administration and Deputy Director (Agriculture), Indore,
In her welcome address during the webinar, Neeta Khandekar, Director of the ICAR-IISR said that due to bad weather for the last two years, there has been a decrease in the achievement of targets set for the production of soybean. She, also requested the farmers to replace the popular soybean variety JS 95-60 with its alternative ie. JS 20-34.
On this occasion, Shankar Lalwaniji praised the Soybean Research Institute of India for its efforts for dissemination of the ways and means of addressing the problems of pests and diseases in soybean crop Addressing the farmers, he said that in view of the bad weather and increasing outbreak of pests/diseases, the recommendation made by the Indian Institute of Soybean Research to grow 2-3 varieties should be followed.
During this webinar, Deputy Director Agriculture, District Indore S.S. Rajput while providing the list of government as well as private seed companies of Indore district, he said to follow the recommendation of IISR, ie. Use of recommended seed rate for soybean (60-80 kg/ha) on the basis of minimum 70 percent germination so that the problem of shortage of seeds can also be resolved to some extent.
In this webinar, Mrinal Kuchlan of the Indian Institute of Soybean Research briefed about a simple way for testing the germination of soybean seeds using a tray filled with sand.