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Review Meeting at OUAT

The thirteenth Annual Review meeting of the MIDH programmes implemented through the Directorate of Arecanut and Spices Development, was held from 11 to 12 June 2019 at the Orissa University of Agriculture & Technology, Bhubaneswar. There were 65 participants representing 40 SAUs/ICAR Institutes implementing DASD programmes.

The Review Meeting was inaugurated by  Dr. B N S Murthy, Horticulture Commissioner, Govt. of India The inaugural session began at 10.00 AM after registration of the Delegates. Dr. Sashikala Beura, OUAT, Bhubaneswar welcomed the participants. Dr. Homey Cheriyan, Director DASD conveyed the objectives of the Review Meeting in his Introductory address. He briefed the audience about the changes in perception to be brought in the implementation of MIDH programmes and informed that outcome based programmes will be promoted from this financial year onwards. Prof S C. Dash, Vice Chancellor in charge, of OUAT presided over the inaugural function. was the Chief Guest and inaugurated the review meeting. In the inaugural address, he saluted the people for overcoming and withstanding the extremely severe cyclonic storm that hit Odisha. He highlighted the importance of spices in Indian economy, importance of traceability and nursery accreditation in spices and assured DASD support to take spices production to next level. Dr. Gopal Lal, Director NRCSS made a special address. Dr. E.V.D Sastry and Dr. S.J. Ankegowda also addressed the gathering. Dr. S. C. Swain, PI, OUAT proposed vote of thanks.