ICAR-Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture (CRIDA) jointly with ICAR-Indian Institute of Soil Science (IISS), Bhopal; Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India; and Department of Agriculture, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh organized contingency interface meeting with various stakeholders on 26th June at IISS, Bhopal.
The purpose of the meeting was to sensitize the stakeholders with current monsoon situation and to deal with weather aberrations such as mid-season, terminal droughts, cyclones and water stagnation in black soil regions of Madhya Pradesh and prepare the action plans based on available district contingency plans.
Dr A. K. Patra, Director, IISS welcomed the delegates and apprised about the research programmes being carried out by the institute and the future plans.
Shri RK Swain, IAS, Agriculture Production Commissioner, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh stressed the need for being extremely vigilant for facing the vagaries of weather. He also felt that the developed plan needs to be implemented and also the need for fine tuning of these plans.
Shri M L Meena, IAS, Director of Agriculture, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh informed the house that the state of Madhya Pradesh could maintain/enhance the total food grain production by implementation of contingency plans in the districts which received deficient rainfall during 2014-15. He also informed that the Madhya Pradesh is ready with the contingency plan for 2015-16 for any aberrant weather condition.
Dr Rajesh Rajora, Principal Secretary, Agriculture stressed the need of being prepared to face any aberrant weather conditions and asked research organizations and SAUs for updating/modification of contingency plans as per the situation.
Dr. Ch Srinivasa Rao, Director, CRIDA appraised the status of monsoon situation for Madhya Pradesh and presented various technology options to cope mid-season and terminal droughts and high intensity rains and cyclones.
Senior Officials of local ICAR Institutes, Agricultural Universities, representatives from KVKs, officials of Department of Agriculture, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh also participated in the meeting.
Zone wise action plans prepared by the officials of Madhya Pradesh State Department of Agriculture were presented. These plans mainly related to ensuring availability of short duration varieties of soybean and rice in case of prevalence of early or mid season droughts, promotion of soil and water conservation measures like ridge and furrow and opening conservation furrow, foliar sprays, efficient use of harvested water during deficient monsoon conditions.
(Source: ICAR-CRIDA, Hyderabad and ICAR-IISS Bhopal)