14th May 2016, Pune, Maharashtra
An interface meeting on enhanced preparedness in Maharashtra for Kharif 2016, was jointly organized by ICAR-Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture, Department of Agriculture, Government of Maharashtra and DAC&FW today.
Dr. KV Rao, ICAR-CRIDA informed the status of monsoon and various interventions (both preparedness and mid course corrections) taken during past two years. He also stressed upon the need for contingency preparation in view of above normal rainfall which, if not prepared well, leading to problems of seasonal waterlogging due to large scale black soils in the state considering the experiences of last two drought years, the preparedness need to be strengthened.
Sri Vikas Deshmukh, Commissioner (Agriculture) requested the representatives of state agriculture universities for updated information on agronomic measures, varieties etc to be given before the start of kharif season so that the information could be used by district level officials. He informed about measures taken up government on water conservation and stressed upon the need to make use of harvested water for supplemental irrigation.
Shri KV Deshmukh, Director (Agriculture), appraised about the action taken during kharif 2015-16 and interventions taken up to mitigate dryspells in different districts. He also narrated experiences of few progressive farmers on how they could manage the drought in 2015-16 through crop diversification, limited use of available water through micro irrigation systems etc.
Dr KD Kokate, Director (Research), MPKV, Rahuri, Representatives of IMD, Officials from State Agricultural Universities and State Agriculture Department, Program Coordinators of KVKs, Representatives of local ICAR Institutes and AICRPDA, AICRPAM centres, farmers attended the workshop.
(Source: ICAR-Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture, Hyderabad)