25th Research Advisory Committee Meeting of ICAR-DWR Organized   (06-07 March, 2024)

The ICAR-Directorate of Weed Research Jabalpur organized 25th Research Advisory Committee Meeting from 6-7 March, 2024. The meeting was Chaired by Dr. Ajoy Kumar Gogoi, former Assistant Director General (Agronomy), ICAR, New Delhi. Other members were: Dr Rajbir Singh, Assistant Director General (Agronomy, Agroforestry and Climate change), ICAR, New Delhi, Dr. C. Chinnusamy, former Professor (Agronomy) & PI, AICRP-WM, TNAU, Coimbatore, Dr. AR Aneja, Ex Professor, Mycology, Kurukshetra University, Hisar; Dr. PS Badal, Professor, Agril Economics, BHU, Varanasi; Dr. PJ Suresh, Bayer Crop Science, New Delhi; and two progressive farmers namely Shri Kulkit Ramchandra from Chhattisgarh and Sri Dhruv Kumar Nayak from Madhya Pradesh.

Dr. JS Mishra, Director, ICAR-DWR while welcoming the RAC team highlighted the research accomplishment of the year 2023-24. The action taken report on the last RAC was presented by the Member Secretary Dr Shobha Sondhia. The scientists of the Directorate presented their salient research findings of the year 2023-24, which was appreciated by the RAC. The Committee also visited the field and laboratory experiments, interacted with the scientists and appreciated the kind of research being taken up by the Directorate. After 2-days deliberations and discussion, it was suggested by the RAC that in view of the emerging challenges in agriculture, weed management research programmes in the areas of Natural Farming, Climate Change, Conservation Agriculture, Biological Weed Control, Precession Weed management using Drones, AI and machine learning, Development of Women-friendly weeding tools, etc. need to be strengthened.

The meeting ended with vote of thanks proposed by Dr. Shobha Sondhia, Member Secretary, RAC.

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