13 September, 2012, Bhagalpur
A review workshop was held at Bihar Agriculture University, Sabour, Bhagalpur to review the works done by KVKs of Zone-II, comprising the states of Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Union Territory of A & N Islands, under National Initiative on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) project. Dr. M.L. Chaudhary, Vice-Chancellor, BAU, Dr. A.K. Singh, Zonal Project Director, Zone-II, Kolkata, Dr. Ravi Gopal Singh, Director of Research, BAU, Dr. R.K. Sohane, Director of Extension Education, BAU, Heads of Agronomy and other Departments, BAU, Sabour and Programme Coordinators of all 15 KVKs participated in the workshop.
While inaugurating the workshop, Dr. M.L. Chaudhary, highly appreciated the initiative taken by ICAR by launching such a project as NICRA and showed his concern over the present day agricultural diversification through introduction of new crops and their varieties to withstand climate change. Dr. A.K. Singh, Zonal Project Director, Zone-II, Kolkata briefed about the initiative taken by ICAR involving 100 KVKs across the country for enhancing the climate resilience in agriculture sector. He stated that initially 15 KVKs (6 in Bihar, 5 in Jharkhand, 3 in West Bengal and 1 in A & N Islands) have been involved in this project. He informed that 1oC rise in temperature will demand about 10% more irrigation water. While summarizing, Dr. Singh made a special mention that saving in the cost of production through the interventions meant to increase climate resilience may be separately assessed.
Two technical sessions were conducted for presentation of project activities by respective KVKs.
(Source: ZPD, Zone-II, Kolkata)