The Farmers’ FIRST initiative has been launched by ICAR to move beyond the production and productivity; to privilege the smallholder agriculture; and complex, diverse and risk prone realities of majority of the farmers through enhancing farmers-scientists interface. The acronym “Farmer FIRST” means the farmers’ Farm, Innovations, Resources, Science and Technology (FIRST). The basic concept is that the farmer will be in a centric role for research problem identification, prioritization, conduct of experiments and its management in farmers’ field conditions.
ICAR-Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Bhopal organized a Brain Storming Session on Recent Advances in Biomass Energy Research and Management”on 09 November 2017. The main objective of this Brain Storming Session was to identify researchable areas and technological interventions required for efficient utilization of crop residues for generation and utilization of biomass energy and thereby address the challenge of food, energy and environment security.
A 21 days ICAR Winter School on “Omic technologies and modern breeding approaches for conservation and productivity enhancement of indigenous cattle resources” (01-21 November, 2017) was inaugurated at ICAR-Central Institute for Research on Cattle, Meerut by Dr. S. K. Singh, Project Director, ICAR-Directorate of Knowledge Management in Agriculture, New Delhi.