19th August 2017, Ludhiana
ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Ludhiana organized the Zonal Review-cum-Action Plan workshop of Technology Demonstration Component of National Innovations in Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) project today.
Dr. A. K. Mehta, former ADG (Agri. Ext.) and the Chief Guest of the workshop, urged KVKs to work in tandem with all the stakeholders for better implementation of the project. He termed participatory approach as the key to success and asked the KVKs for all out efforts for involving farmers groups at grass root level.
Dr. Rajbir Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Ludhiana appreciated the work done in the project particularly in addressing the issue of residue burning in NICRA villages and its impact on adjoining villages. While talking on the report of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture, he mentioned future predictions of decrease in yield in major crops in north India with respect to the impact of climate change on agriculture which requires a holistic strategy to address the issue of climate change. He specifically urged the KVKs to showcase their efforts and achievements to the line departments and rope them in to obtain effective convergence.
Dr. Ashok Kumar, Director (Extension), PAU, Ludhiana shared facts about changing climate and its impact of contemporary Indian agriculture. He highlighted the role KVKs can play in spreading awareness among farmers with respect to climate resilient agricultural technologies for sustainable agriculture.
Dr. R. K. Arora, Associate Director (Extension) stressed the need of publishing salient achievements of first phase of NICRA (2011-2017) and urged the need of experimental learning.
Dr. J.V.N.S. Prasad Co-PI, NICRA from ICAR-CRIDA, Hyderabad highlighted the action points that are to be taken care while implementing NICRA in the second phase. He appreciated the efforts of KVKs of Zone-I in transforming villages into Climate Smart villages and emphasized on spreading the accepted technologies in nearby villages with similar conditions.
Nearly 50 participants including Programme Coordinators and Nodal Scientist from NICRA KVKs, Scientists from organizing institute and farmers from NICRA villages have also participated.
Detailed discussions were held among the participant and the action plans for all the KVKs were chalked out.
(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Ludhiana)