21st July 2017, NASC, New Delhi
Natural Resource Management Division, ICAR organized a workshop on “Drought Research and Management”today.
Shri.Parshottam Rupala, Minister of State for Agriculture, Farmers’Welfare and Panchayat Rajwas the Chief Guest of the Workshop. He appreciated the efforts made by the ICAR and other national institutes for addressing the problems related to drought by developing doable technologies. Shri.Rupala emphasized to address the problems of small farmers, drought management in horticultural crops, collection of crop data from farmers’ fields, encouraging planting of fodderyielding tree species on community lands, along the roads and railway tracks and suggested to converge these developmental activities with national schemes such as MGNREGA and various Government programmes.
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra , Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR)advocated for validation of district contingency plans developed by CRIDA and field testing.
Shri. Sunil Kumar Singh, Additional Secretary & Financial Advisor (DARE/ICAR)stated that the management of drought is much more difficult than flood management. Thus more investment is needed for drought research and management.
Dr. K. Alagusundaram, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Engineering)& acting
DDG(NRM) briefed about the purpose of the workshop.
Earlier, during the technical session, presentations were made by scientists/officials from DAC &FW, DADF,IMD, CRIDA, IIHR and other ICAR Institutes on research and management aspects of drought covering agriculture, livestock, horticulture,weather forecasting, etc.
The following recommendations and points emerged during brain storming session:
- A multi-parametric and integrated drought monitoring index bedeveloped for scientific assessment of drought and declaration of drought by the States.
- Weather data collection infrastructure in the country need to be expanded and integrated so that decentralized agro-advisories can be issued to farmers at block level.
- Research on drought tolerant varietal development to be strengthened by making use of modern tools like phenomics, etc.
- District contingency plans need to be tested at field level as joint efforts of SAUs and line departments.
- Technologies for saving existing horticulture orchards in drought prone areas need to be compiled/developed and implemented in the form of a new scheme by DAC&FW, GoI.
- Planting of top feed tree species to be taken up on village common lands and avenues under MGNREGA to provide fodder during drought periods
- In chronically drought prone districts, more drought water proofing/conservation works may be converged with ongoing mega schemes like MGNREGA.
- For drought preparedness, largescale adoption of soil and rain water management (bothin situ and ex situ) technologies need to be takenup on priority.
(Source: NRM Division, ICAR)