JAMMU: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology and PMO, Dr Jitendra Singh on Sunday called upon agricultural scientists to concentrate on quality research and its documentation for the benefit of posterity.
Releasing two books, Integrated Pest Management; Pesticides Problems and Integrated Pest Management; Experiments with Implementation, Global Overview, authored by Dr David Pimentel of Cornell University New York and Dr Rajinder Peshin, Associate Professor SKUAST Jammu, the Union Minister said documentation of research and farm experience is imperative for sharpening the intellect of budding agricultural scientists.
“Kings and Monarchs come and go but a book worth reading becomes immortal” opined the Union minister while elaborating on the significance and power of quality literature especially original writings like science content.
Vice Chancellor SKUAST Jammu, Dr P K Sharma was guest of honour at the book release function.
Mr Singh regretted that the effort of scientists capitulated in their books do not interest the people which in long term proves detrimental to growth and production. He called for change in the mindset of people especially those associated with farming. He also urged the agricultural extension workers to take benefit from the research projects and compendiums so that they are well poised to aware the farming community about new technologies in the field of farming.
Giving an overview of research publication, Mr Singh said India ranks at seventh number despite vast human resource. He said this scenario needs to be changed by catching students young and preparing them as good scientists. He said unfortunately the students are drawn towards agricultural sciences after they fail in making foray in other pursuits like civil services examinations.
The Union Minister said that the Centre has evolved a mechanism wherein students in their ripe age are prepared for choosing their careers. “For those having aptitude in science and technology need to be identified and promoted for advance courses”, he said adding that the Government of India will help such scholars in pursuing their careers.
Mr Singh also enumerated various other initiatives taken in the field of science and technology, saying every effort is made to make India world leader. In this context, he sought the active participation of agricultural scientists in their chosen field.
Presenting welcome address, Director Extension SKUAST, Dr. K.S.S Risam, appreciated the dedication and hard work of Dr. Peshin who is doing a great job in transfer of latest agricultural technology to farming community. He elaborated the ill effects of excessive use of pesticides and emphasized the need of educating the farmers about these hazardous consequences. He said that various development programmes are being launched to further improve agricultural production and reduce non-judicious use of pesticides.
Giving an overview of the books, Dr. Peshin expressed hope that these publications would prove to be a big repository of knowledge for academicians, professionals, governments, researcher, industry and students and would help reduce hazards and problems with the use of pesticides. IPM is the accepted policy for pest management in more than 60 developing countries. He said that about 40% of world’s food production is destroyed by insects, diseases and weeds despite application of nearly 3 million tons of pesticides, he added. He said that eighty nine scientific authorities in IPM research, extension and industry throughout the world have contributed to these books.