National Group Meeting of Integrated Farming System Organized

2nd December 2013, Umiam, Shillong

A Group meeting of ‘AICRP on Integrated Farming System’ was organized at ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam, Meghalaya during 2-4th December, 2013.

Dr. Celistine Lyngdoh, Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture and Food processing, Government of Meghalaya inaugurated the meeting. He expressed that due to continuous fragmentation and economically non-viability, many rice fields in Meghalaya have been converted into fish ponds. He also highlighted the need for integrating indigenous technology knowledge (ITKs) and environment-friendly technologies into IFSs, being developed for small and marginal farmers.

Dr. K.M. Bujarbaruah, Vice Chancellor, AAU, Jorhat and Guest of Honour of the programme expressed his satisfaction over the progress made in IFS by the ICAR and emphasized tupon the integration of household resources and recycling of farm waste to make small farm household a economic viable.

While delivering the Chairman’s remarks, Dr. A.K. Sikka, Deputy Director General (NRM), ICAR emphasized upon the location-specific integration of best available technologies, which can minimise the risks under IFS. He said that adequate emphasis needs to be laid by Project Directorate for Farming System Research (PDFSR) on the characterization of farmers’ resources and synthesis of scientifically designed, farmer-centric, location-specific IFS modules and models for all the agro-climatic regions.

Dr. B. Gangwar, Director, PDFSR presented the research achievements of the project during last one year and stressed that this programme is mainly focussed on small and marginal farmers who constitute about 86% of the total farm households of the country.

Earlier, Dr. S.V. Ngachan, Director, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam welcomed dignitaries and emphasized upon the necessity of IFS research under climate-change scenario.

The programmes of on-station, on-farm and tribal sub plan being carried out at different centres were thoroughly reviewed and several vital recommendations emerged out. Technical programmes to address location specific IFS modules were finalized during the workshop.

Scientists and agronomists associated with AICRP-IFS participated in the meeting.

Dr. A.S. Panwar, organizing secretary of the meeting proposed the vote of thanks.

(Source: NRM Division, ICAR)