Port Blair, July 16: ICAR- Central Island Agricultural Research Institute, Port Blaircelebrated93rdICAR’s Foundation Day today on 16th July, 2021 by conducting a “Campaign on mass tree planting and awareness programme on the theme”Har Med Par Ped”.
At the outset Director, Dr. Eaknath B. Chakurkar of Central Island Agricultural Research Institute, Port Blair expressed his happiness on the conduct of the Foundation day of ICAR which is the largest Institute in the National Agricultural Research System providing technological support in Research, Development, Extension and Policy benefitting the farming community and the youth of our Nation. He also highlighted on the role of Central Island Agricultural Research Institute, Port Blair in providing technological backstopping in Agri-hort-fish-animal husbandry for enabling doubling the farmers income for decent livelihood with collaboration of A&N Administration, in the line of initiatives of GoI.
Thereafter the programme started withmass planting of fruit bearing trees on boundaries/ bunds and off the farm land, Institutional premises (Garacharma Research complex, horticulture and bloomsdale farm), KrishiVigyan Kendra South Andaman, North & Middle Andaman and Nicobar district beside, Regional Station, Minicoy, Lakshadweep with the participation of staff and farmers representative.
Around 650 plants comprising of endemic plants like Andaman Kokum, Andaman Kau Phal, Artocarpuspeduncularis (Wild jackfruit), Garcinia celebica (Nicobar Mangosteen), orange kau phal-rare, besides banana, aonla, guava, khatta phal, bilimbi, west indian cherry, sapota, bread fruit, bread nut, gajapippali, acid lime, neem, moringa, subabul, Karanj, sea mahua and bamboo were planted to mark the occasion with complete zeal and enthusiasm to aid GO GREEN initiatives benefitting the tropical Island Ecosystem.