A one-day online national seminar on Biofertilizers: A Potential Approach for Sustainable Agriculture Development was organised by the post graduate department of Botany, J M Patel College Bhandara on Tuesday, 15th December 2020.
Delivering the welcome address, Principal Dr. Vikas Dhomne underlined the need for an urgent shift from chemical fertilisers to biofertilisers. He said that many countries in the world have realised the disadvantages of chemical fertilisers. It is in the best interests of humanity to give a thought to its present way of cultivation and move to healthy ways. Extensive use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides have, unfortunately, led to the banning of many Indian agricultural products in European countries.
The Resource Person for the seminar Prof. Siba Prasad Adhikary, former Vice-Chancellor, Fakir Mohan University Balasore, Odisha, explained the origin of biofertilisers and how different it is from green manure. Biofertilisers are preparations that accelerate microbial processes. He highlighted the contribution of Indian scientists in the development of biofertilizers. Dr. Adhikary called upon the college to start short-term programmes in biofertilisers as it offered immense self-employment opportunities to the rural youth.
Organizing Secretary of the seminar, Dr. Sayeda Parveen Qureshi delivered the concept note. Dr. Aparna Yadav conducted the proceedings while Dr. Padmavathi Rao proposed the vote of thanks. The seminar was conducted by Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) and was attended by teachers, researchers and students from different parts of the country. IQAC Co-ordinator, Dr. Karthik Panicker, Dr. Vijay Tiwari, Dr. Girdharilal Tiwari, Dr. Sunil Zanje, Dr. Samina Tadavi, Dr. Romi Bisht and Prof. Jayprakash Matlam worked for the success of the Seminar.