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ICAR-Central Coastal Agricultural Research Institute (ICAR-CCARI), organized interface meeting with officers of Directorate of Agriculture, Directorate of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services, Directorate of Fisheries, Government of Goa, Goa State Biodiversity Board, Goa State Council of Science and Technology on 31st May 2023 at ICAR-CCARI, Old Goa to discuss various researchable issues pertaining to agriculture and allied sectors. Dr. Parveen Kumar, Director, ICAR-CCARI, in his introductory remarks highlighted the importance of holding interface meeting with line departments. He further stressed about major problems of agricultural sector in Goa viz., low productivity and low cropping intensity and, suggested suitable solutions to make Goan agriculture self-reliant. Shri Nevil Alphonso, Director, Directorate of Agriculture, Government of Goa, highlighted need for developing package of practices for major crops like cashew under climate change scenario and aim at sustainable yield. Dr. Shamila Monteiro, Director, Directorate of Fisheries, Government of Goa in her remarks mentioned that last year there was increase in fish catch which led to decrease in fish price due to distress sale. She further requested to carry out research on post-harvest and value addition in fishery sector. Dr. Shirish S. Gaonkar, Asst Director, Directorate of Animal husbandry and veterinary Sciences flagged the issues like infertility, Brucellosis and fodder production. All the Section In charges presented the technologies developed by our institute. The meeting was attended by around 45 participants including all the Scientists of ICAR-CCARI, Programme Coordinator and Subject Matter Specialists of KVK North and South Goa, and officers from line departments, Goa state Biodiversity Board and Goa State Council of Science and Technology. During the meeting, action points pertaining to decisions of the last year meeting was discussed. New agenda points received for the current meeting were discussed in length and action points were formulated to address the same. The meeting was co-ordinated by Dr. Uthappa, A.R., Member Secretary, Interface meeting.

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