Kushinagar, 2nd September, 2011
Launching Workshop of National Initiative on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) was organized at Barwawapatti (Amwakhas Gram Panchayat) of district Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh here today. Amwakhas village is situated near river bank of Gandak (Narayani) which originates from Nepal and causes severe floods every year from water drained from Balmiki barrage from Nepal in the month of July to September.
While launching NICRA, Dr. K.D.Kokate, Deputy Director General (Agriculture Extension), ICAR emphasized upon to take up efforts to demonstrate best and low-cost technologies for flood stricken areas. He suggested to organize demonstrations on resource conservation technologies of paddy and wheat and other technologies having potential of livelihood security. He was delighted to see the enthusiasm of farmers of remotest flood stricken areas of the district and viewed that NICRA indeed has reached to unreached. Before addressing the farmers, Chief Guest Dr. Kokate dedicated the farm implements to the service provider group of the village.
Dr. A.K.Singh, Zonal Project Director, Zone IV informed that NICRA project has been initiated in 11 districts of Uttar Pradesh. He further observed that farm mechanization through this project will help in bringing second green revolution in eastern India.
Earlier, Dr. Praksh S.Naik, Director, Indian Institute of Vegetable Research, Varanasi, welcomed the Chief Guest and briefly highlighted the activities of Krishi Vigyan Kendra and NICRA project. He suggested that KVK should demonstrate vegetable varieties at farmer's field developed by IIVR, Varanasi.
Scientists of the associated institutes and line departments, farmers of the region, media persons and farmers participated in the programme.
(Source-NAIP Sub-Project on Mass Media Mobilization, DKMA with inputs from Zonal Project Directorate, Zone IV, Kanpur)