Brainstorming Workshop on Land Use Planning Organized

18th October, 2013, New Delhi

Natural Resource Management Division, ICAR organized a Brainstorming Workshop on‘Land Use Planning for Multifunctional Agriculture and Land Use Policy’ to discuss and develop a road map and action plan on agricultural land use planning in order to facilitate land use policy on 18th October, 2013 at the NASC Complex, New Delhi.

Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR chaired the session and emphasized upon the need for comprehensive agricultural land use planning. He expressed his concern on changing cropping patterns. Dr. Ayyappan suggested that district level land use planning needs validation of options/models and to have a committee headed by Deputy Director General as nodal officer and Director as convener to monitor and prepare the way forward.

In his presentation, Dr. A.K. Sikka, Deputy Director General (NRM), ICAR highlighted the existing gaps, future needs of land use planning and the need to develop robust methodologies. He urged to develop comprehensive methodology for land use planning latest technologies like remote sensing, GPS and GIS techniques.

During the session, Dr. J.S. Samra, CEO, National Rainfed Area Authority pointed out that insufficient water resource data is the main constraint in land use policy while, Dr. J.C. Katyal, Former VC, CCSHAU, Hisar expressed his concern about sustainability issue of land use policy. He also emphasized the need to develop farm land use options to generate the employment for the rural youth.

Dr. I. P. Abrol, Former DDG (NRM) and Director, CASA; Dr. S.K. Sanyal, Former VC, BCKV; Dr. S.M. Virmani, Former Principal Scientist, ICRISAT; Dr. M. Velayutham, Former Director, NBSS&LUP; Dr. R.P. Dhir, Former Director, CAZARI were also present on the occasion and shared their views.

Dr. Dipak Sarkar, Director, NBSS&LUP welcomed the dignitaries and discussed about modern methodologies for land use policy.

Directors of the selected NRM institutes, officers from Planning Commission, Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, National Remote Sensing Centre and more than 50 experts in the field of natural resource management from ICAR, state and central government organizations participated in the workshop.

(Source: NRM Division, ICAR)