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ICAR-National Research Centre for Banana, Tiruchirappalli, hosted an ‘Open Day,’ to mark the celebration of National Science Day to promote science and technology, with the focal theme ‘Indigenous Technologies for Viksit Bharat’, today.

Dr. P. Paramaguru, Dean, Horticultural College and Research Institute for Women, Tiruchirappalli, was the Chief Guest to the programme.

Dr. R. Selvarajan, Director, ICAR-NRCB, highlighted India’s advancements in agricultural research and development since independence and spoke about emerging fields like artificial intelligence, the use of drones, and precision farming in agriculture, particularly banana farming.

Mr. R. Vijayalayan, Director, N.R. IAS Academy, Tiruchirappalli, emphasised the significance of science in daily life and urged the students to strive hard to achieve their goals.

The event showcased over 20 science concepts and 100 exhibits for students, with over 15 stalls offering agricultural inputs, banana-based products, tissue culture plants, and ornamental plants. Visitors also toured the ICAR-NRCB Research Farm at Podavur, where the largest field gene bank of bananas in Asia was showcased, with 370 germplasm accessions.

Over 3500 students and over 500 banana farmers visited the ICAR-NRCB in Tiruchirappalli to witness its activities.

(Source: ICAR-National Research Centre for Banana, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu)

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