Bhubaneswar, 26/7 ( Odisha Samachar/Abhisek Mophanty) : “We are facing a crisis of land, water and forests. Population growth and climate change are the major threats to the society, state and the country. Agroforestry can help a long way in mitigating climate change. It will not only mitigate climate change but also enhance the livelihood and economic security of the farmers and generate employment for them”, said Vice Chancellor of the Orissa University of Agriculture & Technology (OUAT) Prof. Manoranjan Kar while inaugurating the three days National Group Meet of All India Coordinated Research Project (AICRP) on Agroforestry-2014 jointly organised by OUAT and National Research Centre on Agroforestry, Jhansi.
Other speakers including Agriculture Director R.S. Gopalan, Project Coordinator, AICRP Agroforestry Dr. S.K. Dhyani, Dean of Research, OUAT Prof. P.K. Das and Organising Secretary of the programme Dr. Prasannajit Mishra emphasised that the three day meet will help a long way in preparing a road map to boost agroforestry in Odisha.
A souvenir titled “Agroforestry Options for Climate Resilient Farming” was unveiled during the inaugural session which was attended by about 100 scientists from different State Agricultural Universities across the Country including OUAT, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi and other officers of Government of India, Ministry of Agriculture & Government of Odisha.