23rd June, 2016, Ahmedabad
ICAR-Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture (CRIDA) in collaboration with Department of Agriculture and Cooperation (DAC) and Department of Agriculture, Government of Gujarat organised an interface meeting on today for enhancing the preparedness for agricultural contingencies during Kharif 2016 in the state of Gujarat. The major objectives of this meeting were to: a) educate on the status of monsoon during kharif 2016; b) document the experiences of implementing the contingency measures during the last year and c) to review the plans being made to tackle the weather aberrations for the current year.
The meeting was chaired by Dr. SR Chaudhari, Director of Agriculture, Government of Gujarat and attended by Dr. RA Sherasiya, Director of Horticulture, Dr. KS Detroja, Additional Director Agriculture, Directors of Research and Extension of SAUs, Joint Directors of Agriculture of different zones, district agricultural officers of all districts. Scientists of AICRPDA and AICRPAM centres, representatives of KVKs and input agencies participated in this meeting.
Dr SR Chaudhari shared the department experiences in managing the weather aberrations during kharif 2015 and also department’s preparedness for tackling any weather aberrations during kharif 2016. He also informed that during kharif 2015, Banaskantha district experienced 26 inches of rainfall in 48 hours leading to severe erosion of top soil and loss of standing crop of cotton.
Dr Mohammed Osman, Principal Scientist and Head PME cell, CRIDA appraised the house about the purpose of the meeting and status of monsoon during kharif 2016. He also sought the cooperation of different stakeholders for assisting CRIDA in updation of the district agricultural contingency plans.
The Joint Directors of Agriculture, Horticultural Officers, KVK officials of the eight agro-climatic zones shared their experiences of 2015 and their plans for the current cropping season. Later, the delegates also shared their knowledge and experiences for managing any weather aberrations.
- In-situ conservation measures in long duration crops such as cotton and castor to be promoted to manage rainfall variability
- Residue recycling need to be promoted for improving soil organic carbon towards coping mid season droughts
- Broad bed furrows to be promoted to address high intense rainfall events in heavy textured soils
- Individual farm holding wise water structures need to linked with PMKSY
- Groundnut and castor as contingent crops in place of cotton
- Promoting intercropping systems involving pigeonpea as an intercrop along with groundnut, maize, pearlmilletetc
- Discouraging cotton due to high infestation of pink boll worm
- Silage making needs to be emphasized to meet the off season fodder requirement
(Source: ICAR-Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture, Hyderabad)