Contingency Preparedness Interface Meeting for Rajasthan

16th June 2017, Jaipur

Contingency Preparedness Interface Meeting for RajasthanAn interface meeting on enhancing the preparedness for agriculture contingencies during kharif 2017 for Rajasthan was jointly organized by ICAR-Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture (CRIDA) and Department of Agriculture, Government of Rajasthan at Pant Krishi Bhavan, Jaipur today.
The meeting Chaired by Sri Suresh Gautam, Additional Director and Dr PS Rathore, Vice Chancellor, SKNAU, Jobner.

Dr. KV Rao, ICAR-CRIDA informed that most of the districts are expected to receive below normal rainfall during kharif 2017 with a probability of 40-50% based on South Asia’s Seasonal Climate Outlook Forum. Based on the long term data analysis, districts have been identified which might get mid-season drought and end of season drought. He emphasized the need for adequate preparedness for any contingent situation which may arise due to below normal rainfall. The joint directors of various divisions appraised about the preparedness for meeting the contingent seed requirements, mechanisms put in place for dissemination of advisories through different media etc. It has been urged upon them to make use of the natural resource management interventions made under Mukhyamantri Jal Swavlamban Abhiyan program for meeting the mid season drought scenarios.

The meeting was attended by Dr Balraj Singh, Dr GL Keshava, Vice Chancellors and Directors (Res) and Director (Extn.) of other agriculture universities in Rajasthan, Dr SMK Naqvi, Director, CSWRI, Dr PL Saroj, Director, CIAH, Bikaner, representatives of ICAR institutes, officials from Department of Agriculture including Sri SK Hudda, Joint Director officials from agricultural universities and various ICAR institutes based in the state (ATARI, IISWCRTI) and KVKs.

Shri SK Hudda, while presenting the agriculture situation during 2016 and agriculture plan for 2017, urged the department officials to modify agriculture plan and to prepare the contingency plan based on the forecast made for the kharif season. The meeting ended with a proposed vote of thanks by Dr. G Ravindra Chary, Project Coordinator, AICRAPDA, ICAR-CRDIA.
Recommendations

  • Modification of state agriculture plan 2017 based on the forecast for Rajasthan. 
  • Arrangement for various inputs particularly seeds of contingency crops, alternate varieties in sufficient quantities and  disseminating the timely information to farmers
  • Monitoring the rainfall and sowing scenario across districts on a daily basis for timely advisoriesPromotion of improved varieties developed by state agricultural universities among farming community on large scale through department and KVKs
  • Promotion of in-situ conservation measures and
  • Development of plans for rainfed areas improvement in a long term perspective through a dryland agriculture mission
  • Promoting the precision sowing with farm machinery
  • Exploring the possibility to conduct interface meetings in every university with respective department officials before the state level interface meeting

(Source: ICAR-Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture, Hyderabad)