Central Horticultural Experiment Station (ICAR-IIHR) Bhubaneswar celebrated its 28th Foundation Day on 6th November, 2020. The function was inaugurated by the dignitaries by lighting the ceremonial lamp and Ganesh Vandana followed by ICAR song and IIHR Song.
At the outset Dr. G.C. Acharya Head I/c welcomed Director, ICAR-IIHR Dr. M. R. Dinesh, on online platform and all the guests and office staff present at the venue. In his Foundation Day address, Director, ICAR-IIHR, conveyed best wishes to all the staff of the Station and appreciated the contribution of CHES (ICAR-IIHR), Bhubaneswar in terms of developing varieties of fruits and vegetables, production and protection technologies and the farm machineries developed, and ensuring effective transfer of technologies among the farming community including tribal farmers. He encouraged for organizing more demonstrations of horticultural technologies for the benefit of farming community. He also emphasized on large scale multiplication of planting materials to meet the demand of the growers.
Dr. G.C. Acharya Head I/c while delivering his welcome address gave a brief account of achievements and activities of the station. He appreciated the hard work put up by the present and past employees, and other workers towards the development of the Station as a prestigious institution in the State.
Several staff like Mr. B C Patra, Mr. Biswanath Paikray, Mr. Harihar Bindhani, Sri. A. Das, Sri. Manoj Pattanaik, Sri Bijay Mallick, Smt. Suchitra Behera, Sri. A.K. Barik, Dr. Meenu Kumari, Dr. Deepa Samant, Dr. Manas Sahoo, Dr. G Sangeetha, Dr. Kundan Kishor, Dr. P. Srinivas etc shared their experiences, and old memories during the long journey of the Station.
On this occasion successful farmers Sri K.C. Mohapatra, Rayagada and Sri Bamadeb Swain, Cuttack were facilitated for adoption and promotion of ICAR-IIHR technologies. The video on success story of Tribal sub Plan interventions in Rayagada was played on the occasion for information and motivation of farmers and other guests present in the programme.
Chief Guest of the function Dr Gourahari Naik, former Head, elaborated the history of CHES establishment and highlighted the contribution of staff in the development of the station. He appreciated the station for working with same zeal for the benefit of farmers. Guest of honour Mr. Banshidhar Mohapatra, former AFAO, fondly recalled his memories and experiences during his tenure the Station. A brief cultural program and poem recitation were also organized. The proceedings of the foundation day programme were anchored by Dr. P. Srinivas and Mrs. Annapurna Behera.
The foundation day program arrangements and organisation was coordinated by Mrs. Annapurna Behera, AAO and Nodal officer, Staff welfare Committee with active help of Dr. P Srinivas, Dr. Kundan Kishore, Dr. Manas Sahoo, Sri Manoj Pattnaik, Mrs. Suchitra Behra, Sri B C Patra, Sri Gobinda Naik, outsourcing staff and other staff of the station.
The programme ended with vote of thanks by Mrs. A. Behera and recitation of National anthem.