The Zonal Review Workshop of NICRA was organised jointly by ICAR-ATARI, Umiam and ICAR-ATARI, Guwahati during July 10th-11th, 2017 at College of Veterinary Science, Assam Agricultural University, Khanapara campus at Guwahati, Assam. Altogether, 23 KVKs from eight states of the NE Region of India participated in the programme.
Dr. Randhir Singh, ADG (AE), ICAR, New Delhi while interacting with the participants, reminded the KVKs about their role in technology demonstrated under the NICRA project. Dr. Singh further stressed on the importance of documentation and publication of KVK achievements. While delivering the welcome address, Dr. Bidyut C. Deka, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Umiam highlighted the salient achievements of NICRA projects in Northeast India during 2016-17 and stressed on horizontal expansion of the technology. Dr. A.K. Tripathi, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Guwahati asked the participants to work on a system mode in the NICRA villages. Dr. J.V.N.S. Prasad, Co-P.I., NICRA TDC, CRIDA Hyderabad highlighted on the importance of analysing the project during last past five years with regard to innovations in climate resilient technology and taking necessary actions and policies for the next three years and making the technologies available to the farmers. Dr. H. C. Bhattacharyya, Director of Extension Education, AAU, Jorhat encouraged the KVKs to upscale the successful in nearby villages.
Few publications on success stories of NICRA and a short video film developed by KVK Khowai were released by the dignitaries. During the workshop, the achievements as well as annual action plan for 2017-18 were thoroughly examined and finalised. The meeting also decided to create a NE KVKs whats App group for speedy exchange of ideas on climate resilient agriculture. The workshop was concluded on 11th July with the vote of thanks from Dr. R. Bordoloi, Pr. Scientist (AE), ICAR-ATARI, Umiam.
(Source: ICAR-ATARI, Umiam, Meghalaya)