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The ICAR-Indian Institute of Soybean Research, Indore has successfully organized 54th Annual Group Meet (AGM) of All India Coordinated Research Project on Soybean during 13-14th March 2024 at UAS Dharwad. The meet was attended by more than 70 participants including scientists from AICRPS centers across the country, representatives from allied departments and industry.

The inaugural program was graced by honorable Deputy Director General (Crop Science), Dr Tilak Raj Sharma, ICAR New Delhi, Dr B.D. Biradar, Director of Research, UAS, Dharwad, Dr R.K. Mathur, Director, ICAR-IIOR, Hyderabad, Dr G, Somanagouda, Organizing Secretary and other university officials. During the occasion, Dr K.H. Singh, Director of ICAR-Indian Institute of Soybean Research presented the action taken report on the recommendations of last 53rd AGM and informed that the soybean R&D system has been able to develop number of soybean varieties having resistance to different biotic and abiotic stresses. Similarly, the ICAR-IISR has also developed location specific production and protection technologies which are instrumental to enhance soybean yield in the current climatic uncertainties. During inaugural session honorable Dr Tilak Raj Sharma, DDG (Crop Science) emphasized to include product profile of the Soybean varieties with different specific traits including high yield, early maturity, insect-pest and disease resistance, abiotic stress tolerance, nutrient use efficiency, ideotype breeding, high oil content, high oleic acid content, KTI and LOX content, pod shattering, varieties suitable for intercropping, prebreeding and speed breeding and GWAS and haplotype breeding. The varietal Identification Committee meeting was also convened during the occasion and was chaired by Dr Tilak Raj Sharma, DDG (Crop Science), ICAR New Delhi. Four soybean varieties namely NRC 197, JS 23- 03, JS 23-09 and RSC 11-42 were identified for notification. The AGM consisted of different sessions on major subjects like plant breeding and genetic resources, agronomy, plant pathology, entomology, microbiology, breeder seed production, food technology and transfer of technology were held and Principal Investigators of respective sessions presented the results/salient findings of AICRPS Kharif 2023 and technical program for the year 2024 was formulated. One production technology on “75% RDF + Rhizobium + MDSR 14 + 12c in south and central zone, 75% RDF + Bio-Zn + Bio-NPK in north eastern hill zone to enhance soybean yield by saving 25% of inorganic fertilizers” was recommended during agronomy session.

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