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National Conference on “Enhancing Productivity of Oilseeds in Changing Climate Scenario” under the aegis of the Indian Society of Oilseeds Research (ISOR), Hyderabad is being organized at the Directorate of Groundnut Research, Junagadh during 7-9 April, 2018.

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स्वच्छ भारत अभियान : एक कदम स्वछता की और
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Kisan Gosthi organized under Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav programme

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A Success story on “ICAR-DGR intervenes the Revival of #Groundnut in #Sitapur, Uttar Pradesh
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A Success story on #ICARDGR intervenes the Revival of #Groundnut in #Sitapur, Uttar Pradesh
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#Wild #Arachis: the source of all genetic variations being maintained at Directorate of Groundnut Research, Junagadh

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A Success story on "Revival of Groundnut in Sitapur, UP".

Background:
Earlier, during the decade of 1980-90, the area of groundnut in Sitapur was ranging from 27-30 thousand hectares. Then, slowly the area reduced to 1,662 hectares (2010-11). The reason for declining area of groundnut has been attributed to industrial, technical, menace of wild animals (blue bull) and shifting of cultivation towards sugarcane. In Sitapur during 1980-90s, there were 110 oil mills, which were catering to the need of groundnut growers in the district and now reduced to 6. This issue of diminishing groundnut cultivation in Sitapur was flagged by the Hon'ble MP from Sitapur in Lok Sabha and ICAR has asked us to act upon. The ICAR-DGR assessed the situation of groundnut in Sitapur through a series of consultation with state government officials and KVK functionaries and understood that with the changing cropping pattern and non-availability of appropriate price for their current produce, now farmers are willing to come back to the groundnut crop again. They are hopeful for revival of groundnut in Sitapur. Looking in to the prospects for revival of groundnut in the area, the DGR made available good quality seed of suitable variety and supported by the package of practices.
ICAR-DGR’s Efforts:
After an initial round of discussions with the State Agriculture & Rural Development officials and KVK functionaries, considering the gravity of the situation, the ICAR-Directorate of Groundnut Research, Junagadh constituted a team of scientists, state officials, etc. to assess the ground situation and prepare “rejuvenation plan for groundnut in Sitapur district and adjoining areas”.
1. Dr. Radhakrishnan T., Director, ICAR-Directorate Groundnut Research, Junagadh (Team leader )
2. Sh. V.K. Yadav, Deputy Director (Agriculture), Sitapur (Member)
3. Sh. Dhirendra Singh, District Agriculture Officer, Sitapur (Member)
4. Dr. Narendra Kumar, Scientist (Plant breeding), ICARDGR, Junagadh (Member)
5. Dr. Ram Dutta, PS & Head (Crop Protection);
PI-Crop Protection (AICRP-G), ICAR-DGR, Junagadh (Member Secretary)
The team visited Sitapur area during 4-6th May 2016 and convened series of meeting and discussions with various stakeholders and officials including the Director Agriculture, Directorate of Agriculture, Uttar Pradesh and other officials; Deputy Director (Agriculture), Sitapur and other officials of state agricultural departments; functionaries of KVKs of Sitapur; progressive farmers and peanuts processors; officials of State Institute of Rural Development, Uttar Pradesh; and Director, ICAR-Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow. In the meeting all stakeholders expressed that groundnut had been the major economy for farmers of Lucknow region including Sitapur and slowly it has vanished from the region. It was understood from the discussions that the groundnuts from Sitapur area has distinct sweet and nutty flavor, which are characteristically distinguished from groundnuts from other places, and processors are interested in such peanuts for processing and export, as specified for Saurashtra groundnut having different distinguishing characters. It was noted during discussion that by and large the issues of soil fertility; non-availability of good varieties of groundnut; lack of demonstrations/training of the packages and non-availability of assured irrigation, were the reasons which contributed to the reduction in the groundnut area. Non remunerative prices, losses due to white grub, termite and collar rot were understood to be major problems. The non-availability of quality seed has also contributed to reduction of area of groundnut. Wild animals particularly blue bulls spoil the crop, hence farmers slowly drifted away from groundnut cultivation switching towards sugarcane cultivation, as there were several sugar mills, which were catering the need and farmers were paid good amount for their produce. During the series of discussions, several points emerged for rejuvenation of groundnut in area. It was opined that groundnut might be promoted for its cultivation during summer (spring or zaid) as white grub problem would be negligible during this season. Organizations like Hariyali, Khushhali which sell seed and other inputs may help to strengthen groundnut program, if approached. Seed production could be taken up in the farms of DDU State Institute of Rural Development, Uttar Pradesh at different locations. SIRD was requested to conduct demonstration and training programme at their stations suitable for groundnut. KVKs were requested to conduct large scale demonstrations of Girnar-2/TG-37A, the varieties suitable for region. A state level groundnut meet was proposed to be organized at Lucknow to make awareness among stakeholders. A possibility was explored for introducing groundnut in sugarcane cropping system and Director, IISR, Lucknow was requested to put experiments, which includes groundnut in sugarcane intercropping from kharif 2016 onwards. The DGR pursued various agencies for cooperation and support for the programme with intention to begin from summer (Spring) 2017. The Sitapur KVK-II came forward to take up the programme. We requested them to conduct cluster demonstrations and seed production program in areas where previously there was no groundnut during spring season and utilize seed from summer-2017 season to kharif 2017 season to penetrate more areas coverage.
Revival of Groundnut in Sitapur and adjoining districts of Uttar Pradesh
The KVK-II of Sitapur was asked to submit a proposal for cluster demonstration and seed production. The proposal was to produce seed locally during spring season of 2017 and distribute among farmers for production during kharif 2017. The ICAR-DGR provided quality seed and inputs for supporting the program. Seed of TG-37A was provided to the KVK-II which distributed it to selected farmers for sowing during spring season. The program was launched on 7th March 2017 with pre-spring season training program and on farm demonstration in the farmers’ field. The farmers were satisfied with their queries and replies by us and agreed to multiply seed during spring season and utilize seed during kharif season with added acreage as well as distributing among fellow farmers for further area expansion of groundnut. This trend is expected to be continued till the total Groundnut areas is covered and groundnut is revived in the district of Sitapur.

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Day 8: Yoga session

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Day 7: "Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing"
DGR staff sharpening their writing skills #swachhbharat abhiyan

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