30th January 2013, Barapani
A “Second Review Workshop of National Initiative on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA)”, a project on climate changes in India (30-31 January 2013) two- day at ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umaim, Meghalaya, one of the consortium partners of the project for NEH region.
“We need to have state-of-the art facilities to fight climate change issues in India. Climate change is measured mainly by two events: global warming and changes in rainfall pattern”, said former Deputy Director General at NRM division of ICAR- New Delhi and Vice-Chancellor of Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia Krishi Vishwa Vidhyalaya, GwaliorDr. Anil Kumar Singh, the Chief Guest of the Workshop.
“NICRA has recently facilitated ‘Biochar facility’- a charcoal made of biomass through pyrolysis (fire), and can be used for carbon sequestration in future- at Agricultural division of the institute”, said Dr. S.V Ngachan, Director, ICAR Research Complex for NEH region, Umaim during the workshop.
Furthermore, the NEH region is rich in biomass (biological materials), therefore it gives an ample amount of opportunity to use various types of biomass in Biochar which can open new avenues for research in the field of renewable energy production, told Mr Jonah Lavine of the USA during his presentation on the newly installed Biochar facility at ICAR.
“Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland in north east region have lost around 15% of their monsoon raining- an analysis done from 1991-2007 period by ICAR-Barapani. Prolonged drought and flood have been more intense in recent timeacross the region,” said principal investigator of NIRCRA at ICAR-RC-NEH, Umiam during his technical presentation.
(Source: NAIP-Mass Media Project, ICAR-RC-NEH with inputs from NRM division, ICAR-Barapani)