Palampur (Himachal Pradesh): Highlighting the emerging threats in agricultural sector in the country, prominent scientist Dr Brij Mohan Singh said that the research works done in this sector has just confined to mere formality and is not running parallel with the present needs and circumstances.

“The researches being carried by the scientists as well as the students in the field of agriculture is not new and fails to bring discoveries and solution to the challenges in the field, said Singh while addressing a two-day National Conference on “Plant disease-An important topic for research study” at Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishwavidyalaya (CSK HPKV) on Thursday.

Expressing serious concerns over the deteriorating condition of plants and crops, the scientist said that the changing climate conditions, pollution and adoption of hi- technology in agriculture are making them more prone to diseases. Hence, it is the responsibility of agricultural scientists to discover effective remedies in this regard.

He suggested that the young and emerging scientists should work on new areas of research study in order to meet the urgent demands of the sector.

Speaking on the similar lines, Dr PK Sharma, Dean, CSK HPKV expressed desire for new researches and applauded the research studies done by the plant pathologists in the university.

Dr. SS Kang, Secretary, Indian Society of Plant Pathologists, presented an inclusive study on the present condition of plan diseases and related researches being carried across the country.

Echoing the views of Singh, Research Director DR SP Sharma said that the pace of development is eating up the growth of agriculture in the country and new measures are the need of the hour.