Workshop of AICRPDA- NICRA Organized

15th December 2013, Bijapur

The 2nd Annual Review Workshop of AICRP on Dryland Agriculture and NICRA was organized at Regional Agricultural Research Station, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bijapur during 15-17 December 2013.

Dr. A.K. Sikka, Deputy Director General (NRM), ICAR inaugurated the workshop. He appreciated the efforts being  made by the network to demonstrate Real Time Contingency Planning in farmers fields to reduce the negative impacts of weather aberrations such as late onset of monsoon, mid and terminal droughts and extreme events such as excess rainfall, floods, wind storms, frost etc.

Dr. H. Vijay Kumar, Vice Chancellor, UAS, Dharwad presided over the function. He expressed concerns at increased frequency of droughts and emphasized the need for effective drought management strategies. He appreciated ICAR and CRIDA for addressing the climate vulnerabilities at village level.

Dr. B. Venkateswarlu, Director, CRIDA briefed about the implementation of NICRA project with strategic research at national level and technology demonstrations in 130 locations in the country out of which 23 are being implemented by AICRPDA centres. He highlighted the initial positive experiences in minimizing drought impacts at farm level through interventions made under the programme.

Dr. Srinivasa Rao, Project Coordinator, AICRPDA made presentation on the purpose and agenda of the workshop. He also briefed initial experiences out of field demonstrations in about 3500 farmers’ fields covering 1436 hectare in 15 states in effectively managing weather aberrations such as late onset of monsoon, midseason and terminal drought and extreme weather events.

Dr. BM. Khadi, Director, Research, UAS, Dharwad; Chief Scientists from 23 AICRPDA centres; Scientists from UAS, Dharwad and CRIDA, Hyderabad also participated in the workshop.

The three day deliberations reviewed the progress achieved in thematic areas of Real Time Contingency Planning, Rainwater Management, Soil Health, Crops and Cropping Systems, Alternate Land Use, Farm Mechanization and Energy Management. The useful role of village level institutions such as Village Climate Risk Management Committee (VCRMC), Custom Hiring Centre (CHC), seed and fodder banks were also reviewed at the meet.

 (Source: NRM Division, ICAR)