Seminar on Agroforestry: Opportunities and Challenges

Seminar on Agroforestry: Opportunities and Challenges

(16-11-2018)

Nowadays, pressure is increasing due to human interference in forest area and agroforestry is now
only the option to minimize this pressure upto some extent and also for livelihood improvement
with environment security.
Keeping in view, Extension Division, Forest Research Institute (FRI), Dehradun organized one day
seminar on “Agroforestry: Opportunities and Challenges” on 16 th November, 2018 at Board Room,
FRI, Dehradun aiming to provide a common platform for Government and Non Government
organizations, Self Help Groups, farmers, traders, entrepreneurs, researchers and other stakeholders
for discussion on various issues related with agroforestry. Dr. Savita, Director, FRI inaugurated the
seminar and her inaugural speech she stated that the FRI have developed improved verity of Poplar,
Eucalyptus and Melia dubia suitable for agroforestry. She felt that there is need to adopt
agroforestry practices for win win situation to the farmers. Dr. A.K. Pandey, Head Extension
Division FRI welcomed participants including researchers, academicians, policy makers, farmers,
NGOs came from different Organizations and also gave a brief introduction about the seminar. On
this occasion S. D. Sharma, Dy. Director General (Research) ICFRE gave key note address. In his
address he informed about role of agroforestry in productivity enhancement and mitigating impacts
of climate change besides increasing the forest cover to 33% of the geographical area of the country.
During technical session of seminar Dr. A. K. Pandey, Head Extension Division presented scientific
interventions done by the institute in the field of Agroforestry and their dissemination to different
stakeholders. Dr. Harsh Mehta and Dr. Charan Singh Principal Scientists from Indian Institute of
Soil and Water Conservation, Dehradun told about Bheemal based agroforestry models suitable for
Himalayan region. Dr. Ramakant, Scientist from FRI presented research on tree improvement in
agroforstry done by FRI and told about improved varieties of Melia dubia and Eucalyptus. Shri
S.K. Singh gave ideas on species of Akhrot & Rudraksh suitable for agroforestry. Dr. V.P. Bhatt,
Herbal Drug Research Institute, Gopeshwar emphasized Medicinal and aromatic plants in
agroforestry while developing agroforestry models for hill region. Dr. Charan Singh, Scientist
Extension Division anchored the program and presented vote of thanks. Sri Pramod Chauhan, Wood
Technologists Association, Yamunanagar and Sri T.S. Bist, Bagwan Gramodyog Samiti, Shyampur
also expressed their views in the seminar. All Head of Division, Scientists, Students of FRI and Dr.
Devendra Kumar, Shri Rambir Singh, Shri Ajay Gulati were also present on this occasion and
contributed significantly for success of the seminar. More than 50 persons including representatives
of Government and Non Government organizations, Self Help Groups, farmers, traders related with
pharmaceuticals, entrepreneurs, researchers from Western Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana,
Punjab and Delhi is expressed their views on agroforestry in the seminar.

November 19, 2018
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