Observer from Guntur Dr Prashad visits CAFT, review facilities

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Sep 2017 10:57:53


Staff Reporter,

IN ORDER to check standards set by Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) for advance faculty training by establishing such special centre at Jabalpur, Observer Dr P Ratan Prashad, Associate Director of Research, Regional Agricultural Research Station, Guntur, visited facilities available at the Centre for Advance Faculty Training (CAFT) being established in Department of Soil Science and Agriculture Chemistry, Jawaharalal Nehru Agriculture University (JNAU) on Tuesday. During inspection, Head Department of Soil Science and Agriculture Chemistry and Centre for Advance Faculty Training, Director, Dr B Sachidanand, Dr N G Mitra, Dr B S Diwedi, Dr A K Upadhyay, Dr G S Taigore, Dr Shekhar Singh Baghel, Dr Rakesh Sahu, Dr A K Diwedi of the department were present during inspection.

During inspection, Head Dr Sachidanand apprised about different ongoing research projects including Soil Test, Crop Response, Climate Change, Production of Microbial Inoculants as well as training programmes and educational events conducted time to time for students and farmers. He also informed about facilities and machines installed at JNAU under research project for accuracy in getting information about crop responses to soil conditions.

Besides this, for balance and integrated crop nutrition management continuous research and extension is being carried out in the department. He also highlighted ongoing works in other projects related to soil health. He further apprised about training modules in which every day a specialist imparts training of his specialised subject, while in second half practical in morning sessions are organised. For proper exposure participating agriculture scientists from different parts of the country will be taken on field visit to different research centres where different research fields have been laid down under different projects related to subjects and objectives of national training. During inspection, Dr P Ratan Prashad appreciated facilities being provided to students, researchers and participant experts of national training at CAFT on soil health. He also gave some suggestions to upgrade laboratories and also highlighted advance facilities adopted in different centres of the country to bring accuracy in results.