By OUR STAFF REPORTER
Dehradun, 22 Aug: The Forest Research Institute caters its services to different stakeholders including the forest department, farmers, students, self help groups (SHGs) and non government organisations (NGOs) on different aspects of forestry like nursery operations, planting stock improvement, soil and water conservation, agroforestry, bamboo preservation, wood seasoning, scientific harvesting of non-wood forest produces and many more. Indian Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, Dehradun, also caters its services to stakeholders on different agricultural aspects like agroforestry and soil & water conservation.
Both institutes have come together on a common platform to share the scientific knowledge and disseminate it to common people for skill development in respective jurisdiction areas in Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. Keeping this in view, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed by Arun Singh, Rawat, Director, FRI, and Dr PR Ojasvi, Director, ICAR-IISWC, Dehradun. Both institutes agreed to share technical knowledge in the field of research, extension and education and disseminate it jointly with mutual consent to farmers, NGOs, SHGs, Forest Department and weaker sections of the society specially scheduled castes and scheduled tribes.
On the occasion, Arun Singh Rawat mentioned that the MoU would lay emphasis on both the organisations taking advantage of each other’s strengths in the field as well as research expertise and this would generate synergy in the combined efforts of both the organisations. Dr Ojasvi said that both the organisations are rich in the field of research, extension and education and the joint effort of dissemination of scientific knowledge would certainly benefit different stakeholders and make them skilled and self–reliant in society. Overall, these joint activities will be helpful in livelihood improvement of the common man. On the occasion, Dr Harsh Mehta, Head, Plant Science Division, Dr Charan Singh, Chief Scientist, IISWC, Dr AK Pandey, Head, Extension Divison, FRI, and Dr Charan Singh, Scientist-E, Extension Division, FRI were also present. T Bidya was instrumental in signing of the MoU.