Hyderaba, July 29, 2011
Drought prone areas have the potential for harvesting and conserving water by following an integrated water resource management, optimum utilization of water and employing micro-irrigation systems. Drought management measures are always related to the efficient water resources management. In this context, the SAARC Disaster Management Centre, New Delhi in collaboration with the Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture (CRIDA), Hyderabad organized two week training programme (18-29 July, 2011) on the "Techniques of Water Conservation and Rain Water Harvesting for Drought Management".
Shri M. Shashidhar Reddy, Hon'ble Member of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly and Vice-Chairman, National Disaster Management Authority inaugurated the training programme on 18th July as Chief Guest. Dr. SM Virmani, Agroclimatologist (Emeritus), ICRISAT presided over the function. Dr. B. Venkateswarlu, Director, CRIDA; Dr. O.P. Mishra, Director-in-Charge, SDMC, New Delhi; and Dr. P.K. Mishra, Course Director addressed the participants and the scientific gathering.
Twenty-two trainees from five SAARC countries (India, Bangladesh, Srilanka, Bhutan, Afganistan) have participated in this programme. The training program was focused on in-situ and ex-situ conservation of water, effect of climate change on water availability, design of water harvesting structures, ground water recharge, farm machinery for soil and water conservation and watershed management practices. A compendium of training material was released and put on website (www.crida.ernet.in).
Forty Academicians, Scientists, Administrators, Govt. Officials and NGOs from 22 reputed national and international organizations/ institutions delivered lectures and shared their experiences with the trainees.
(Source: NAIP Sub-Project on Mass Media Mobilization, DKMA with inputs from CRIDA, Hyderabad)