22nd June, 2015, Ranchi
The Interface meeting on “Enhancing the preparedness of agricultural contingencies in kharif 2015 for Jharkhand” was jointly organized by ICAR Research Complex for Eastern Region, Patna, ICAR-Central Research Institute of Dryland Agriculture, Hyderabad, and Department of Agriculture, Government of Jharkhand on 22nd June, 2015 at Ranchi under the chairmanship of Dr. Nitin Madan Kulkarni, Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Government of Jharkhand. Dr.Kulkarni stressed upon the need for crop diversification into drought tolerant crops viz., millets, pulses, oilseeds, maize, etc. and called upon the KVKs and ZRS to intensify seed multiplication programme of these drought tolerant crops. It was urged for mid-term correction of existing agriculture contingency plans for different districts which should be prepared at block level.
A brief presentation on “Strategies for contingencies plan implementation” was made by Dr. K. V. Rao, Principal Scientist, ICAR-CRIDA, Hyderabad. Project Coordinator, AICRPDA, Hyderabad, in his presentation gave a brief account of available technological options to overcome problems of deficit or delayed monsoon.
During the deliberations, the benefits of technologies like community nursery, rainwater harvesting in plastic line Dobha, increasing the height of field bund, farm implements like chisel plough and mould board plough, mulching with polythene sheet etc for minimizing the impact of deficit rainfall or delayed monsoon were discussed in detail. Suggestion was made for constituting a task force comprising of representatives from ICAR institutes in Jharkhand, Department of Agriculture, Government of Jharkhand under the chairmanship of Secretary, Agriculture, GoJ to appraise the policy makers regarding the status of monsoon, area coverage in different districts at fortnightly interval.
Senior Officials of local ICAR Institutes, Agricultural Universities, representatives from KVKs, officials of Department of Agriculture, Govt. of Jharkhand also participated in the meeting.
(Source: ICAR Research Complex for Eastern Region, Patna )