ICAR Joins Hands with National Rainfed Area Authority for Enhancing Crop Production in Rainfed Region

Chitrakoot,  27th April 2012

Dr. Ravinder Singh Saini, Consultant, National Rainfed Area Authority, New DelhiZonal Project Directorate, Zone- IV, ICAR, Kanpur and National Rainfed Area Authority jointly organized a three-day training programme at Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Deendayal Research Institute (DRI), Chitrakoot during 27-29 April, 2012. The programme was basically on finalizing technological strategy for Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh for enhancing crop production and livelihood security. Dr. Ravinder Singh Saini, Consultant, National Rainfed Area Authority, New Delhi while addressing the inaugural session, highlighted the role of rainfed authority in taking up capacity building of field officers for the season specific interventions. He further stressed upon developing a programme for pilot based activities in the villages, keeping KVK as leader of the programme for integration of activities of different departments. Dr. N. Nadarajan, Director, Indian Institute of Pulse Research, Kanpur suggested improvement in the productivity of pigeonpea with interventions like quality seed production and its use, IPM and promotion of post-harvest and value-addition activities with the involvement of farm women. He suggested promotion of small Dal Mill developed by IIPR among the farmers.  Dr. A.K. Singh, Zonal Project Director specifically put forth the problems and priorities of Bundelkhand region especially vast variations in and soil types and the required management practices. He highlighted different technology modules like goat farming, poultry, piggery, aonla cultivation, etc. developed by KVK, Chitrakoot for the small and marginal farmers in rainfed condition. Dr. Bharat Pathak, General Secretary, Deendayal Research Institute (DRI), Chitrakoot suggested diversification and empowerment of farmers and farm women through product development, post-harvest activities, branding and marketing of produce by involving farmers, farm women as per the availability of local produce. Dr. Nandita Pathak, Director, Udyamita Vidyapeeth, Chitrakoot emphasized on women empowerment by organizing women into commodity groups for processing of produce and its marketing.

In concluding session, Dr. Lalit Kumar, Commissioner, Chitrakoot Dham advised the trainees to act upon the technological strategies discussed over here. He said that interaction among district officials of Bundelkhand region involving 13 districts of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh for fruitful knowledge sharing may be done. He appreciated the efforts of ICAR and National Rainfed Area Authority for organizing the training well in time before the kharif season.

ICAR Joins Hands with National  Rainfed Area Authority for Enhancing Crop Production in Rainfed RegionThe participants(50) were taken to different units of crop and livestock demonstrations and models of entrepreneurial activities and knowledge sharing of all the important kharif cops like sorghum, bajra, maize, rice, groundnut, til, soybean, agri-horti-based models, pulses (urdbean, mungbean and pigeon pea), farm mechanization, etc. was accomplished.

Senior Officers of Department of Agriculture, Uttar Pradesh and  agricultural scientists from ICAR institutions and SAU participated in the programme.

(Source: Zonal Project Director, Zone-IV, Kanpur)