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ICAR-Indian Grassland and Fodder
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(Indian Council of Agricultural Research)
Near Pahuj Dam, Gwalior Road, Jhansi - 284 003 (UP) India

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IGFRI, a national Institute under the administrative control of Indian Council of Agricultural Research, is mandated to conduct basic, strategic, applied and adaptive research; development and training in forage production and it's utilization. The Institute has highly experienced and internationally trained human resources engaged in need-led, participatory, inter-disciplinary approaches. With more than 50 years of experience in forage research and development, IGFRI today stands as the premier R&D institution in South Asia for sustainable agriculture through quality forage production for improved animal productivity.

The Indian Grassland and Fodder Research Institute, established in 1962, has been instrumental in fostering research, training and extension programmes on all aspects of forage production and utilization through inter-disciplinary approach. It has provided technologies, human resource development skills, consultancy and technical services on forage production and utilization to government and non-government organizations, agri-business and farmers. This has been possible due to the benign patronage and guidance of Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary DARE and Director General, ICAR, New Delhi. It has three Regional stations to cater to forage related location specific R&D needs of humid tropics (at Dharwad), semi-arid and arid (at Avikanagar) and temperate (at Srinagar/ Palampur).

Dr. Gurbachan Singh, Chairman ASRB, New Delhi visited IGFRI SRRS, Dharwad

Dr. Gurbachan Singh, Chairman, ASRB, New Delhi visited the IGFRI Southern Regional Research Station, Dharwad on 1st May 2015. He went around the experimental plots of perennial fodder sorghum, lucerne, ruzi grass, maize+cowpea and the large scale demonstration of fodder varieties released from the station viz. ruzi grass var. "DBRS 1", guinea grass var. "DGG 1" and napier bajra hybrid var. "DHN 6". He inspected the seed production plots of fodder maize var. "African Tall" and lucerne var. "RL 88". He had a round of the Office Premises and expressed satisfaction at the facilities available. He showed keen interest in the activities of the Station and interacted with the scientists. He suggested that the potential of non-conventional fodder crops like Opuntia and Prosopis should also be explored for their suitability to tide over the fodder scarcity in dry areas. All the Staff Members of the IGFRI SRRS, Dharwad, IARI Regional Station, Dharwad and IIPR Regional Station, Dharwad were present on the occasion.

AICRP ON Forage Crops & Utilization : National Group Meet - Kharif 2015

National Group Meet Kharif 2015 of All India Coordinated Research Project on Forage Crops & Utilization was organized by Prof Jayshankar Telangana State Agricultural University and ICAR during 17-18th April 2015 at PJTSAU, Hyderabad. The meeting was inaugurated by Dr. I. S. Solanki, ADG (FFC), ICAR, New Delhi. In his address, he stressed upon the need of narrowing the gap of demand and supply in forage availability by strengthening research and developing high yielding varieties for better quality fodder crops with high production. Dr. D. Raji Reddy, Director of Research, PJTSAU welcomed the delegates and presented a scenario of livestock and fodders in Telengana state. He highlighted the canvas of sizeable deficit in demand and supply of milk and meager availability of quality fodders in the state. He urged to develop technologies for resource poor farmers in particular.
Dr. A. K. Roy, Project coordinator presented the XII plan initiatives and the achievements of Kharif 2014 in the field of forage crop improvement, production, protection and breeder seed production as well as popularizing the technologies through Fodder Technology Demonstrations in different zones of the country.
Dr. P. K. Ghosh, Director, IGFRI stressed upon the need of up scaling the already available technologies and need of a proper database of forage resources in the country. He recommended that due attention should be given to soil health in our research endeavours. Dr Tirupattaiah, Additional Director, Directorate of Animal Husbandry, Government of Telengana, emphasized upon low productivity of animals in the state and need of technologies for both commercial dairies as well as small livestock keepers. Dr. V. Praveen Rao, Registrar and Special Officer, PJSTAU, Hyderabad, highlighted the importance of meet and need as well as expectations of Telengana from this event. Need for mechanization in fodder crops and use of alternate fodder resources was also highlighted.

Cerebration on Fodder Issues held on 17 Nov. 2014

A summit on 'Cerebration on Fodder Issues' was held at Indian Grassland and Fodder Research Institute (IGFRI), Jhansi (UP) on 17 November 2014 under the Chairmanship of Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, Department of Agriculture & Cooperation and Director General, ICAR, New Delhi. The summit was attended by Dr. A.K. Sikka, DDG (NRM), Dr. Swapan K Datta, DDG (CS), Dr. K.M.L Pathak, DDG (AS) and Dr. Arvind Kumar, VC, Rani Laxmibai CentaL Agricultural University.

In his opening statements, the DG pinpointed the importance of charting a path diagram having specific actionable points on enhancing fodder production in the country. He emphasized the synergy between different organizations and institutions working on fodder issues. Dr. P. K. Ghosh, Director, IGFRI detailed the prominent research achievements and technologies that are being adopted by the farmers in different parts of the country. He also delineated the major initiatives of IGFRI like Forage based Integrated Farming Systems for Semi-Arid region, National Initiatives on Fodder Technology Demonstration in 100 Krishi Vigyan Kendras, National Mission for Sustaining Himalayan Ecosystem. Dr. K.M.L Pathak, DDG (AS) highlighted the need for giving importance of concurrent enhancement of crop residue while undertaking research on grains for human consumptions. Dr. Swapan K Datta, DDG (CS) advised that IGFRI should also stick to its research strength particularly on improvement of forage crop productivity and application of nano technologies in forage research. Dr. A.K. Sikka, DDG (NRM) suggested for inter-linking of all institutions working on forage production.

Dr. A. K. Srivastava, Director, NDRI agreed for propagation and dissemination of improved IGFRI varieties among the farmers through its ATIC Centre and also collaborative post-graduate program like M.Sc and Ph.D in forage production. Dr. R. K. Singh, Director, IVRI pointed out the forage shortage in hilly regions. Dr. M. M. Roy, Director explained the status and strategies of fodder resources in hot arid zones. Dr. S. K. Dhyani, Director, NRCAF highlighted the use of tree leaves as source of animal nutrition during scarcity periods. The ADG (Seed/FFC), ADH (AN&P), ADG(AH) and ADG (AA&CC) took part in the deliberation. The Director of CSWRI, Avikanagar, CIRG, Makhdoom, NIAM, Baramati, ICAR Research Complex ER, Patna and Project Director DSR, Mau also participated in the discussion. The scientists from different ICAR institutes like IVRI Regional station Palampur, CIAE Bhopal, CIARI Port Blair, ICAR Research Complex for NEH regions Barapani, CAZRI Jodhpur, CIRG Makhdoom, NIANP and NIBSM, Raipur attended the meeting.

RMSI National Symposium organised at BCKV, Kalyani on Nov.13-14, 2014

National Symposium on Climate Resilient Forage Production and its Utilisation was held during 13-14 Nov., 2014 at BCKV, Kalyani. The symposium was jointly organised by RMSI (Range Management Society of India) & BCKV (Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Kalyani, West Bengal). More than 100 delegates from different organisations and students participated in this event. The symposium was inaugurated by Dr Panjab Singh, Ex.DG. ICAR & Secretary, DARE. Among the dignitaries Prof. B. Mandal Pro-VC, BCKV, Dr. C. R.Hazra, Ex. VC, IGKV, Raipur, Dr. P.S.Pathak, Dr. C.L. Acharya, QRT Members of IGFRI & AICRP on Forage Crops, Dr. A. K. Singh, Zonal Project Director, Kolkata and Dean, Directors of BCKV, In-charges ICAR Regional Stations were present in the symposium. Dr. P. K. Ghosh, Director IGFRI Jhansi and President, RMSI extended welcome all the participants and gave an account of achievements of RMSI. Dr. Sunil Kumar, Secretary, RMSI appraised the house about the background of the symposium and relevance of holding RMSI symposium first time outside Jhansi. In the inaugural RMSI conferred life time achievement award to Dr. Panjab Singh, 04 fellow and 01 young scientist awards to the recipients. Six technical sessions were held during two days deliberations covering genetic enhancement, crop production, conservation, utilisation and social issues in the context of changing climate scenario. The symposium has provided suitable platform for different stakeholders of forage particularly in eastern and north eastern region of the country. The symposium has generated different recommendations and strategies to address the changing climate issues in the area of dairy husbandry forage production and livestock based livelihood in the country. The symposium ended with vote of thanks by Local Organising Secretary, Dr. Champak Kundu, Associate professor (Agronomy) & OIC, AICRP on Forage Crops, Kalyani to all participants and distinguished guests.
ICAR- IGFRI, Jhansi Celebrated 53rd Foundation Day on 1st November, 2014

Indian Grassland and Fodder Research Institute, Jhansi celebrated its 53rd Foundation Day on 1st November, 2014. The Chief Guest, Dr. Panjab Singh, Ex-Secretary, DARE & DG, ICAR, New Delhi delivered the Foundation Day Lecture in the august presence of Dr. S.K. Datta, DDG (Crop Science), Dr. Arvind Kumar, Vice Chancellor, Rani Laxmi Bai Central Agricultural Univeristy, Dr. Ashutosh Sarkar, Coordinator South Asia, ICARDA and Dr. S. K. Dhyani, Director, NRCAF. In his lecture, Dr. Panjab Singh highlighted the importance of genetic amelioration and associated technology, farm mechanization & post-harvest technology, nutritional evaluation of forage resources, capacity building, GHGs from livestock, enhancement of forage productivity, improvement of grasslands/ pasture/ grazing lands and human resource development. He appreciated the efforts of IGFRI staff for creating an good scientific ambience at IGFRI.

While welcoming the dignitaries, retired scientists and the staff Dr. P. K. Ghosh, Director, IGFRI detailed the progress made during the last year in the field of technology up-scaling, forage improvement & varieties developed, livestock development and the new initiatives of the institute both at national and international level. Six books/ bulletins on different aspects of forage research were released on this occasion. An interaction meeting was organized where the QRT members took the feedback from the scientists (including the retired scientists). Ex-scientists were also honoured during the interaction meeting.

Institute fodder and farmer's day are organized as a part of foundation day on 2nd November. More than 200 farmers of Bundelkhand region participated in exhibition and krishak - Vaigyanik Gosthi. While welcoming the farmers, Dr.P.K.Ghosh suggested them to take full advantage of ATIC and IGFRI technologies.
Consultative group meet on "Commercialization of Feed and Fodder products for entrepreneurship Development"

A Consultative group meet on "Commercialization of Feed and Fodder products for entrepreneurship Development" was organized on Nov. 6, 2014 under the chairmanship of Dr. P. K. Ghosh, Director, IGFRI. Dr. Avinash Chandra Pandey Vice- chancellor, Bundelkhand University was chief guest of the occasion. Dr. Sudhir Bhargav, member governing body (ICAR) were present as a guest of honor in this group meet. Dr. PK Pathak, Head FMPHT Division conducted the whole programme. Scientists from IGFRI, Jhansi, CIAE, Bhopal and CIPHET, Ludhiana gave their valuable inputs to take the technology to the user group. A sizable number of companies related to feed and fodder products, farm machinery and equipment and milk federations from UP and MP got the knowledge of IGFRI products and picked feed pelleting, area specific mineral mixture and leaf meal technology for commercially manufacturing at their own with the technical support of IGFRI. Representatives from Punjab National Bank and NABARD also participated in this programme and opened the funding avenue for the research/ demonstration projects of IGFRI. This meet was first of its kind effort and proved to be a milestone for commercialization of technology.
Young Scientist Award
Young Scientist Award has been given to Dr. Satyapriya, Senior Scientist, ( Agrl. Extension) by 7th National Extension Education Congress- 2014 on 10th November 2014 at ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Meghalaya.


Swachch Bharat Mission launched at IGFRI, Jhansi on October 02, 2014


QRT (2008-2012) Meeting IGFRI, Jhansi

The first meeting of Quinquennial Review Team (QRT) 2008-2012, to review the work done at IGFRI, Jhansi & PC (FC) during the period began on 8th June, 2014 under the Chairmanship of Dr. Panjab Singh former DG, ICAR & Secretary DARE and former VC, BHU, Varanasi. Dr. P S Pathak, Dr. K K Dutta, Dr. C L Acharya, Dr. J P Yadvendra QRT members and Dr. S K Dhyani, Director NRCAF, Jhansi attended the meeting. Dr. P K Ghosh, Director IGFRI, Jhansi welcome the dignitaries and briefed the salient achievements of the institute during the period (2008-12).


Dr. P.K. Ghosh, Director, IGFRI, Jhansi awarded XIVth Hari Krishna Shastri Memorial Award for Outstanding Scientist in the field of Agricultural Science for the year 2013.

Dr. P.K. Ghosh, Director, IGFRI, Jhansi awarded ISCA Prof. Sushil Kr. Mukherjee Commemoration Lecture for the year 2013-14.
Dr. Sultan Singh, PS has been honoured by Animal Nutrition Society of India at its International Conference Glance 2014 & ANSI Fellow Award 2014 presented by Dr R B Singh Ex NAAS President in award ceremony for his contribution in field of Animal Nutritiion.

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Announcements & News

Inauguration of Winter School "Livestock based Integrated Farming Systems for Enhancing Resource Use Efficiency and Improving Livelihood of Small and Marginal Farmers" from January 28 to February 17, 2015)[Click for view detail]

IGFRI-SMD (AE, ICAR) has initiated Fodder Technology Demonstration Programme for the Nation
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Report on "Brain Storming workshop on Mitigating Micro Nutrient Deficiency in Fodder Crops in Southern India” [Click for detail]









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* AICRP (Forage Crops)





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