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BackSRRC, Mannavanur organized Scientist-Farmer meet on 16.07.2021

On the eve of 93rd foundation day of Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Southern Regional Research Centre of ICAR-CSWRI, Mannavanur organized an online scientist – farmer meet on 16.07.2021, wherein around 75 rabbit farmers belonging to Tamil Nadu and Puducherry attended. The event was programmed with the backdrop of providing solutions for the abounding queries raised by the rabbit farmer clients of SRRC to the centre through social media and other means.

Dr N Ezhilan, MLA, Thousand Lights constituency, Chennai, who was on an unexpected visit to the centre, addressed the participants. In his address, Dr Ezhilan appreciated the efforts of SRRC and CSWRI in organizing such farmers’-orientedprograms and assured the participants to address the common problems encountered by rabbit farmers at appropriate forums.

Dr A S Rajendiran, OIC, SRRC welcomed the participants and provided an outline of the intention of the meeting. OIC, along with Dr Thirumurugan, Dr Nagarajan and Mr Murali, delivered lectures on nutritional, general management, health and breeding aspects of rabbit farming respectively, pertinent to field level farming system. In the second half of the meet, the scientists interacted to the farmers on various queries and provided consultation to the problems in rabbitry. Around 30 questions raised by the participants were addressed by the team SRRC, during the interaction and the farmers were asked to contact SRRC for further query if any in the practice by the participants, through social media and other conventional platforms. A WhatsApp group has been formed for the participants of this program, to address their future queries in rabbitry. Dr Pachaiyappan, proposed the vote of thanks and moderated the meet.