10th March 2014, Varansi
A one-day District level Consultation Workshop was organized at AICRPDA Centre, Varanasi to develop action plan for up scaling of rainfed technologies for middle Gangetic Plain Zone of Eastern Uttar Pradesh today.
Dr. A.K. Sikka, Deputy Director General (NRM), ICAR emphasized upon the importance of rainfed agriculture in the rain shadow areas of Mirzapur, Sonbhadra, Chandauli and Varanasi districts, particularly with reference to impending impacts of climate change/vulnerability on rainfed agriculture. Dr. Sikka highlighted the need to assess the performance of rainfed technologies in farmers’ fields. He also stressed the need to integrate the research and technology development among various AICRPs and emphasized upon the development of Integrated Farming System (IFS) models to represent irrigated and rainfed agro-ecosytems.
Dr. B. Gangawar, Director, Project Directorate for Farm Systems Research (PDFSR), Modipuram elaborated upon the importance and potential benefits with IFS for marginal and small farmers in rainfed areas.
Dr. Ch. Srinivasa Rao, Project Coordinator, AICRP on Dryland Agriculture detailed the purpose of the workshop and discussed rainfed technologies emanated from 25 AICRPDA centres across the country.
Dr. R.P. Singh, Director, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, BHU emphasized upon the upscaling of rainwater management technologies with more investments for benefit of the larger section of rainfed farming community.
Dr. Subedar Singh, Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, BHU was also present on the occasion.
During technical session, 22 rainfed technologies from the centre were discussed with the stakeholders with reference to its recommendation domain, performance, impact, constraints for adoption and scope for convergence with the national/state programmes like MGNREGA, RKVY, IWMP, NHM, SHM, ISOPOM, NFSM etc. The programme coordinators and farmers interacted on each technology and suggested on the recommendation domain, constraints like suitable implements, varieties, availability of inputs, purchasing capacity etc.
Scientists from various AICRPs of BHU, Programme Coordinators of four KVKs, and farmers from four districts participated in the workshop.
Dr. S.P. Singh, Chief Scientist, AICRPDA centre, Varnasi proposed vote of thanks.
(Source: NRM Division, ICAR)