Plant Genetics Resources Conservation Awareness Workshop

Publish Date : 09/03/2022

Roing, March 8: The National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, New Delhi organized a PlantGenetics Resources Conservation Awareness Workshop at Roing, in collaboration with Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Balek and Directorate of Agriculture. Over 120 farmers from nearby villages including different self help groups participated in the workshop.

ZPC Obang Ngupok appreciated the efforts being made for conservation of plant genetics resources by ICAR –NBPGR, New Delhi. He suggested that the farmers of Arunachal Pradesh should make efforts in conservation of endangered species occurring in the state like Mishmi Tita, Paris polyphylla and develop the orchards of horticultural plants like Litchi, Mango, Rubber, etc. so that economic status of the people can be enhanced.

Dr K.C .Bhatt, Principal Scientist (ICAR- NBPGR) explained the purpose of organising of the workshop. He informed that due to several factors many varieties of local crops, wild economic plants including medicinal and aromatic plants are eroding gradually from different diversity rich areas including Arunachal Pradesh. Being one of the hotspot of Biodiversity, the wealth of plant genetics resource available in northeastern hill region needs to be considered and the farmers of the region should be made aware of the importance of plant genetic resources and need for their conservation.

Dr R.S Rathi, Principal Scientist (ICAR- NBPGR) informed that ICAR-NBPGR has the world’s second largest Gene-bank, where about 6 Lakhs samples of different crops and other economic plants have been assembled from our country and other countries of the world.

The gathering was also addressed by DAO (Roing) Balung Mengu and Dr. Deepanjali Deori (Head, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Balek). An interaction sessions of farmers was also conducted in which farmers shared the problems faced by them in crop management. The farmers were advised to visit Krishi Vigyan Kendra frequently to interact with the officials of KVK. SMS (Horticulture) V. K. Pandey played an important role in inviting farmers from remote villages of the district. The diversity of local crops was also displayed during the workshop and small agricultural tools were also distributed to the farmers.