45th Annual Group Meet of AICRP on Soybean
NEW DELHI: 45th AGM of AICRP on Soybean was organized by ICAR-Directorate of Soybean Research, Indore and Regional Research Centre, Amrawati (Dr. PD Krishi Vidyapeeth, Akola) from 9-11 May, 2015.
The meet was inaugurated by Dr Ravi Prakash Dani, Vice Chancellor, PDKV, Akola and presided over by Dr. B.B. Singh, Asst. Director General (O&P), ICAR.
Dr. Dani in his inaugural speech stressed upon addressing the emerging problems in soybean cultivation. He expressed great concern over vagaries of monsoon experienced during last two years which led to significantly low productivity, particularly in the state of Maharashtra.
Dr. B.B. Singh assured that soybean scientists would take note of changing situations and orient their research activities to overcome them.
Considering the global climatic changes, Dr. V.S. Bhatia, Director, ICAR-Directorate of Soybean Research, Indore stressed upon need to make soybean crop more climate resilient.
During the group meeting two new soybean varieties viz. SL 979 for North Plain Zone and MAUS 612 for Southern Zone were identified. Besides this, several measures were recommended to address water stress and for effective management of weeds, insect-pests and diseases.