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HP agri univ organises international conference on wheat

twitter-logoPTI | February 15, 2019 | Updated 19:52 IST

Dharamsala, Feb 15 (PTI) More than 200 scientists from seven countries are participating in the International Group Meeting on wheat being held at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, Palampur, near here. Addressing the conference, former Director General of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), V L Chopra, said, "Wheat productivity enhancement through climate smart practices was a timely and an important issue. Wheat productivity was at apex point so to take it to next level was a challenge for the scientists." He also called for international collaborations on research issues related to wheat. Michael Baum, Director, Biodiversity and Crop Improvement, International Centre for Agriculture Research in Dryland Areas, Morocco, said India is an important country for farm research. G P Singh, Director, Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research (IIWBR) of ICAR, Karnal, said that earlier research concentrated on increasing the wheat production but now the emphasis is on value addition and finding solutions to new diseases for this important crop. Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor of the host University, informed that wheat is grown all over the state occupying 65 per cent of cultivable area. Scientists from countries such as the UK, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Jordon and Morocco are taking part in the event. PTI CORR RUJ MR MR

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