19th July 2013, Jodhpur
A national workshop Under UNESCO-Sponsored project on Sustainable Management of Marginal Drylands (SUMAMD) – Phase II “Managing Resources for optimizing land productivity in Thar Desert” was organized at Central Arid Zone Research Institute (CAZRI), Jodhpur on 19th July, 2013.
Dr. O.P. Gill, Vice Chancellor, Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture and Technology, Udaipur inaugurated the workshop. In his address, Dr. Gill pointed out the need to evolve with innovative cultivation practices in the context of climate change situation.
Earlier, Dr. M.M. Roy, Director, Central Arid Zone Research Institute and Chairman of the workshop welcomed the Chief Guest and the delegates. He highlighted the need of management of natural resources in dryland. Dr. Roy said that natural resources are highly essential and the activities under the project carried out in the field will enhance the land productivity. He also stressed upon sustainable growth and development, integration of indigenous knowledge and the research technology in the region.
Dr. J.P. Singh, Project Investigator and Head of Regional Research Station, CAZRI, Jaisalmer presented brief findings of the project with three main objectives, fostering dryland research, preparation of policy relevant guidelines and improvement of livelihood. In the workshop, five technical sessions were conducted on relevant themes. In each technical session, experts on the subjects delivered and discussed their views and ideas on management of resources in drylands and future strategies for their optimum utilization.
Dr. H.R. Mahla, Sr. Scientist, CAZRI, RRS, Jaisalmer proposed vote of thanks.
(Source: CAZRI, Jodhpur)