The Farmers’ FIRST initiative has been launched by ICAR to move beyond the production and productivity; to privilege the smallholder agriculture; and complex, diverse and risk prone realities of majority of the farmers through enhancing farmers-scientists interface. The acronym “Farmer FIRST” means the farmers’ Farm, Innovations, Resources, Science and Technology (FIRST). The basic concept is that the farmer will be in a centric role for research problem identification, prioritization, conduct of experiments and its management in farmers’ field conditions.
ICAR-Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Bhopal organized a Brain Storming Session on Recent Advances in Biomass Energy Research and Management”on 09 November 2017. The main objective of this Brain Storming Session was to identify researchable areas and technological interventions required for efficient utilization of crop residues for generation and utilization of biomass energy and thereby address the challenge of food, energy and environment security.
ICAR-National Rice Research Institute (NRRI), Cuttack organized a “Rice Field Day and Farmers’ Meet” in Chundri village of Ghaghra block in Gumla district, Jharkhand on 3rd November, 2017 as an activity of the research initiative to fast spread of new NRRI varieties in various states. Over two hundred fifty farmers/farmwomen and about thirty senior officers of the state/central line departments like, Dept. of Agriculture, SAMETI, ATMA, NSC, BAU, local BDO, KVK and scientists of ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack including its regional station at Hazaribag participated.
A 21 days ICAR Winter School on “Omic technologies and modern breeding approaches for conservation and productivity enhancement of indigenous cattle resources” (01-21 November, 2017) was inaugurated at ICAR-Central Institute for Research on Cattle, Meerut by Dr. S. K. Singh, Project Director, ICAR-Directorate of Knowledge Management in Agriculture, New Delhi.
The National Consultation Meet on “Fostering faster reach of Aquaculture research innovations through media in a science communication perspective” was held at ICAR-Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture, Bhubneshwaron 27 October, 2017.
A two-day workshop-cum-training programme on Pulses Production Technology for Nodal Officers of KVKs of Rajasthan and Haryana states under National Food Security Mission (NFSM) has been inaugurated on 30th October 2017 at ICAR-Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur.