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Padma Shri Dr. BS Dhillon, visits BISA research farm in Pusa, Samastipur, Bihar   

By Santanu Mukherjee

Dr. Dhillon (second from left) at BISA Research farm in Pusa, Samastipur, Bihar

Dr. BS Dhillon, visited the BISA research farm and interacted with Senior Cropping System Agronomist and Station In-charge, Dr. Raj Kumar Jat and other scientists at the farm. 

Dr. Dhillon took a tour of the farm and saw long-term trials, research trials with intercropping and mulching, and other trials. He looked very excited to see the innovative and sustainable agricultural practices being implemented at BISA. 

The intercropping of maize and potato and potatoes grown with mulching method attracted his attention, he inquired about the process in detail and said beside farmers, universities should also inculcate this type of innovative technique.   

During his visit, Dr. Dhillon praised the efforts of the scientists at BISA and applauded their dedication to research and development in the field of agriculture. He also highlighted the importance of such institutions in promoting sustainable agricultural practices and increasing crop productivity. He was impressed with BISA’s use of cutting-edge technology like drones for monitoring crop health and providing advisory. 

While interacting with BISA’s young scientists,  Dr. Reddy Rajesh and Dr. Arpit , Dr. Dhillon emphasized that increasing yield and stability in maize, as well as early maturity in wheat, should be prioritized in order to adapt to changing climate conditions. 

Dr. Raj Kumar Jat said, “We are honored to have Dr. Dhillon visit our farm and interact with our scientists. His insights and guidance will greatly benefit our research and development efforts in the future.” 

BISA, the international research institute established in October 2011 through a joint initiative between CIMMYT and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) is known for its research and development in the field of agriculture and allied sciences. The institute is committed to promoting sustainable agricultural practices and increasing crop productivity in the region. 

This visit by Dr. Dhillon is a testament to the important work being done at BISA and the impact it is making in the field of agriculture.  

Dr. Raj Kumar added that the visit of Dr. Dhillon to BISA was a valuable opportunity for the scientists to exchange new and innovative ideas and learn from his experience and expertise. 

During his visit Dr. KK Singh, In-charge Regional Research Station ICAR-IARI, Pusa, Dr. KV Bhatt, ICAR-NBPGR, New Delhi, Dr. JC Sekhar, Director, ICAR-IIMR, Ludhiana,  Dr SS Punia, CCS HAU, Hisar, Dr. (Ms) Chandiah R. Ballal, Former Director, ICAR-NBAIR, Bengaluru, Dr. SL Jat, ICAR-IIMR, Ludhiana Dr. Avinash, Dr. Illathur Rajesh, Dr. Arpit Gaur, Dr.Debabrata Nath, Dr.Sunil, Dr. Kajod Mal beside other BISA staffs were present.