Review of research activities and strengthening future research program of NICRA strategic partner Institutes under Horticulture & Integrated Simulation Modelling themes

14th September 2022, Karnal

A two-day meeting to review research activities and strengthening future research program of National Innovations in Climate Resilient Agriculture strategic partner Institutes under Horticulture & Integrated Simulation Modelling themes was inaugurated on at ICAR-Central Soil Salinity Research Institute (CSSRI), Karnal.

Review of research activities and strengthening future research program of NICRA strategic partner Institutes under Horticulture & Integrated Simulation Modelling themes  Review of research activities and strengthening future research program of NICRA strategic partner Institutes under Horticulture & Integrated Simulation Modelling themes

Dr. B. Venkateswarlu, Former Vice-Chancellor, Vasantrao Naik Marathwada Krishi Vidyapeeth, and Chairman, Expert Committee for NICRA Strategic Research emphasized the need to work out carbon sequestration potential of perennial crops like sapota and guava. He further suggested to develop suitability map depicting for aquaculture in India.

Review of research activities and strengthening future research program of NICRA strategic partner Institutes under Horticulture & Integrated Simulation Modelling themes

Dr. Suresh Kumar Chaudhari, Deputy Director General (Natural Resource Management) and Co-Chairman urged the scientists to develop strategies for management of biotic and abiotic stresses in major horticultural crops including flower crops. He also suggested to strengthen modelling work related to water resources, soil carbon management and GHG emissions.

Dr. D. Nagesh Kumar, Professor, IISc, Bengaluru and Member of Expert Committee emphasized the need to focus on Shared Socio-economic Pathways (SSPs) in simulation modelling, and to use WRF model in future research.

Dr. N. Kumar, Former Vice-Chancellor, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Tamil Nadu and Member of Expert Committee highlighted the need to strengthen research work on tomato, onion and chillies, and develop suitable adaptation measures to reduce crop losses.

Dr. V.K. Singh, Director, ICAR-Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture and Member Secretary gave a brief account of major outcomes from Horticulture & Integrated Simulation Modelling themes.

Dr. M. Prabhakar, PI, NICRA of ICAR-CRIDA presented an overview of the research program of partner institutes.

Earlier, Dr. P.C. Sharma, Director, ICAR-CSSRI, Karnal, while welcoming the participants highlighted major accomplishments of the Institute.

During this inaugural session a publication “NICRA-Integrated Modelling: Significant Outputs” was also released.

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