14th March, 2013, Jodhpur
A two-day Workshop on ‘Targeting Climate Resilient Agricultural Technologies in Arid Western India’ was organized as part of ICAR’s National Initiative on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) at Central Arid Zone research Institute, Jodhpur on March 14-15, 2013.
Profesor Radhey Shyam Sharma, Vice Chancellor, Rajasthan Ayurved University, Jodhpur while inaugurating the workshop emphasized on the need to develop such technologies that enhance not only the agricultural yields but also their quality for ensuring food and nutritional security to the people under the climate change scenario. Dr MM Roy, Director, CAZRI mentioned that the efforts are on to develop heat tolerant varieties and climate smart package of practices for sustainable agriculture under drylands and emphasized the need to encourage the farmers to include the perennial component like fruits, forestry plants and grasses the farming systems. Dr Shalander Kumar informed that an E-platform is being developed to create a network of stakeholders and share the success stories on climate resilient technologies.
The workshop was organized by involving the major stakeholders from different research institutes such as- CAZRI, NRC on seed spices, NRC on camel, Directorate of rapeseed and mustard, CSWRI, and also from the development side- district and zone level officers from agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry, ATMA, NABARD, MPOWER, Krishi Vigyan Kendras and NGOs from 18 districts of Rajasthan and Gujrat to provide a common platform with an objective to sensitize them on the need and opportunities for climate change adaptation for sustainable agriculture. A total of 95 experts, subject matter specialists and officers participated in the workshop.
(Source: CAZRI, Jodhpur)