The Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries, Tariq Anwar visited Central Institute of Temperate Horticulture (CITH), Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Rangreth, here on Friday.
During his maiden visit to the Institute, he planted sapling of chinar in the CITH lawn followed by visit to experimental fields where he was shown high density plantations and new high yielding varieties in apple, almond, walnut, apricot, olive etc and quality planting material and seed production in poly-houses.
As per a statement he also visited technological park and laboratories and was shown various processing technologies and facilities developed at CITH.
During the interaction session, Director CITH Prof Nazeer Ahmad Khan gave detailed overview of activities going on at CITH and the technologies/varieties developed and their impact on livelihood of fruit growers of temperate region.
Later at a function, Anwar has also discussed various national programmes going on in the field of agriculture with special emphasis on food security, concern on growing population and their food and nutritional requirement, need for post harvest processing, value addition, cool chain and storage for horticultural produce and their export potential.
He also spoke on need of technological interventions under changing climate for increasing production. He has highlighted the contribution of ICAR in agricultural R&D and role being played by its institute CITH in temperate horticulture through development and dissemination of novel technologies and varieties. He has also assured to strengthen CITH with more man power and infrastructure for development of horticulture in the temperate region.