NICRA interventions benefit farmers of coastal zone of West Bengal

13th January, 2013, South 24 Parganas

NICRA interventions benefit farmers of coastal zone of West BengalDr. K.D. Kokate, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Extension), visited Ramkrishna Ashram Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Nimpith, South 24 Parganas under National Initiative on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) during his visit on 13th January, 2013. Dr. A. K. Singh, Zonal Project Director, Zone-II, Kolkata and the scientists of the Project Directorate accompanied him.

During his visit, the different activities of the KVK were explained by the Programme Coordinator in various units like “technology source centre”, modernized bio-control laboratory, ornamental fish and catfish breeding units, ornamental bird rearing unit etc. He was impressed with the unique fishery based integrated farming model of the KVK where he took note on the different components of the system like carp fish, magur, prawn and ornamental fish in “hapa”, vegetables and fruits on the pond embankment and aerial cultivation.

NICRA interventions benefit farmers of coastal zone of West BengalLater, Dr. Kokate met with farmers at a NICRA village, which was devastated by the cyclone Aila in the year 2009and got their overwhelming response. He particularly enquired about the status of the farmers before and after NICRA and regarding marketing of the farmers produce. He was delighted to take the first hand experience of role of various interventions like land-shaping and rainwater harvesting, renovation of defunct water bodies, cultivation on raised land embankment, ridge and furrow cultivation etc. in reducing migration as well as usage of non-renewable energy sources leading to annual saving of 2200 litres of diesel consumption resulting to reduction in carbon emission to the tune of 1610 kg.

(Source: ZPD, Zone-II, Kolkata)