Brainstorming Session on Constraints in Up-scaling of Watershed Programmes in Rainfed Areas

20 th October 2014, Hyderabad

Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture (CRIDA), Hyderabad organized a Brainstorming Session on “Technical and non-technical constraints impeding the up-scaling of watershed programmes in rainfed areas and a way forward” here today.

Brainstorming Session on Constraints in Up-scaling of Watershed Programmes in Rainfed AreasBrainstorming Session on Constraints in Up-scaling of Watershed Programmes in Rainfed Areas

The objective of the session was to identify the constraints particularly non-technical in nature that impeding the scaling-up of watershed programmes in rainfed areas and to ways to overcome those constraints.

Dr K. P. R. Vittal, Ex-Director, NIASM, Baramati was the Chief Guest.  Dr Vittal while addressing the gathering emphasized on implementation of holistic approach to tackle water scarcity for overall development of watershed. He urged the scientists to develop and disseminate the technologies which can be replicated at farmers’ fields.

Altogether 7 invited speakers from research institutes, NGOs, State Governments and AICRP on Dryland Agriculture from different rainfed regions of the country presented papers. A progressive farmers shared his experiences and highlighted the issues faced by farmers in watershed areas. This farmer has suggested the policy makers to develop land registration act for protecting water harvesting structures when the lands in the watershed areas are sold by one farmer to another farmer. In the concluding session, the constraints related to institutional, policy, socio-economics,    Research & Development and technical in nature those hindering the scaling-up of watershed programmes in rainfed areas of India are identified for submission to the quarter concerned at different levels.

On this occasion, the On-line Contingency Crop Planning Tool was launched for public use. It is a menu-driven contingency crop planning tool which can be accessed by farmers and other end users readily to get contingency practices suitable for different climatic situations.  A session report were discussed and way forward has been finalized.

About 65 delegates from different stake holders associated with watershed programmes such as research institutes, agricultural universities, ICRISAT,   NGOs, line departments, KVKs, and lead farmers  were participated in the brainstorming session.

(Source: CRIDA, Hyderabad)