The ICAR-Regional Committee II comprises of the states of West Bengal, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and UT of A&N Islands. The 23rd meeting of this committee was held at ICAR-NAARM, Hyderabad during June 24-25, 2016. The Regional committee is held once in two years. The meeting discusses and reviews the current status of agricultural research, education and extension in the mandated states and union territory. The Committee provides a forum for liaison and coordination among the institutes of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), State Agricultural Universities (SAU) and State Departments of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries. Members of the ICAR Governing Body/Society, Senior Officials from ICAR Headquarters and State Departments, Vice-Chancellors of SAUs, Directors and Scientists of ICAR institutes are participating in the meeting.
Shri Swapan Debnath, Hon'ble Minister of State (Independent Charge), Department of Animal Resources Development, Government of West Bengal was the Chief Guest at the inaugural session on 24 June 2016. He said that the rural economy of West Bengal mainly depends on agriculture and animal husbandry is one of the pillars of our rural economy. According to him his Department has drawn a plan of action to mitigate the gap between requirement and production and to fulfill the objective of self-sufficiency in milk production.
Dr. TrilochanMohapatra, Secretary, DARE and DG, ICAR visited ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore Kolkata on 15th June 2016. In his address to the scientists and staff members of this institute, he said that this institute is growing due to the contribution of many leaders of yesteryears who built this institution and he congratulatedthe CIFRIANs for being part of this legacy. Fish production of India has grown 12.5 times since independence despite the natural calamities, rising temperatures, pollution, heavy metal contamination and all such odds,largely because of the contribution of inland fisheries and aquaculture.
This inland fisheries growth in India is led by CIFRI and has been achieved without much contribution from CGIAR centers.This growth was due to the informed decision making by this institute peers. He said "we all scientists have to realize the contribution of this institute. I want to remind you that you all are a part of great institution which has past glories and please continue doing the good work to make it reach greater heights."