23rd Febuary 2017, NASC, New Delhi
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR) inaugurated a one-day Brain Storming Session on Future Climate Change Research in Agriculture here today. In his inaugural address, he appreciated the outcome of NICRA which is felt at National level, and appreciated the progress made so far. He quoted Contingency plans and Vulnerability Atlas are some of the most significant outputs and widely accepted across various Ministries and Departments in the Government Dr. Mohapatra, further emphasized to showcase NICRA outputs internationally by publishing in high impact journals and suggested to rope-in other Departments in the project for collaboration and further expansion. He urged to deliberate to identify gaps in climate change research, priority areas, technical program and replication plan of NICRA outputs and transform villages towards climate resilience.
Dr. K. Alagusundaram, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Engineering and Natural Resource Management) in his welcome remarks felt the need to continue NICRA project with focused objectives.
Dr Ch. Srinivasa Rao, Director, CRIDA briefed about significant outcomes of NICRA project and its potential impact on Adaptation and Mitigation of climate change in agriculture sector. He provided the road map for future NICRA Program inviting suggestions from the Hon’ble DG and other members.
Dr SM Virmani, Chairman, NICRA Expert Committee briefed on the importance of climate change research in Indian Agriculture.
The meeting was attended by senior officials from ICAR Headquarters, Directors of ICAR Institutes, NICRA Expert Committee members and Special invitees from other Ministries viz., DAC, Min. of Water Resources.
(Source: ICAR-Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture)