Meeting of the Committee for Planning and Monitoring Land Resource Inventory and Agricultural Land Use Planning Organized

13th March 2014, New Delhi

First Meeting of the Committee for Planning and Monitoring Land Resource Inventory and Agricultural Land Use Planning was organized by the National Bureau of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning (NBSS&LUP), Nagpur at NBSS&LUP, Regional Centre, New Delhi on 13th March, 2014.

Dr. A.K. Sikka, Deputy Director General (NRM), ICAR chaired the meeting. In his opening remark, he emphasized upon the importance of land resource inventory at 1:10,000 scale for characterization and monitoring of land resources and scientific land use planning in the country. Dr. Sikka said thet the project holds particular importance for enhancing agricultural productivity in the country and facilitating agro-technology transfer.

Dr. J.C. Katyal, Former Vice-Chancellor, CCS HAU, Hisar stressed upon the need for adopting societal approach to undertake land use planning keeping in mind farmers, their needs and expectations as the main focal point of the planning process.

Dr. S.M. Virmani, Former Principal Scientist, ICRISAT, Hyderabad observed that top-bottom approach would be more appropriate in land use planning endeavours, while Dr. T. Ravisankar, Group Head, LRUMG, NRSC, Hyderabad mentioned that in the present day context ‘G’ governance holds immense relevance in land use planning.

Dr. S.K. Chaudhary, ADG (S&W) and Dr. P.P. Biswas, Principal Scientist (Soils), ICAR were also present on the occasion.

Earlier, Dr. S.K. Singh, Director, NBSS&LUP, Nagpur welcomed the dignitaries and participants and deliberated on the action taken on the recommendations of the Brainstorming Workshop held on Land Use Planning for Multifunctional Agriculture and Land Use Policy in New Delhi on 18th October, 2013.

On this occasion presentations were made by the scientists of NBSS&LUP on roadmap and initiatives undertaken for different projects.

Dr. Rajeev Srivastava, Principal Scientist and Head, Division of Remote Sensing Applications, NBSS&LUP proposed the vote of thanks.

(Source: NBSS&LUP, Nagpur)