Virtual Annual Zonal Review Workshop of NICRA KVKs of Maharashtra and Gujarat organized

7th August, 2020, Pune

Virtual Annual Zonal Review Workshop of NICRA KVKs of Maharashtra and Gujarat organizedThe ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Pune, Maharashtra organized a one-day “Virtual Annual Zonal Review Workshop of 13 NICRA-KVKs of Maharashtra and Gujarat” today. The workshop was jointly organized in collaboration with the ICAR-Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture, Hyderabad and Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Jalna - I, Maharashtra.

In his inaugural address, Dr. Ashok Dhawan, Vice-Chancellor, Vasantrao Naik Marathwada Krishi Vidyapeeth, Parbhani stressed on the need to upscale the proven technologies demonstrated under the National Innovations on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) Project. He emphasized on the need to integrate resource conservation with crop diversification for income generating technologies.

Dr. M.C. Varshneya, Former Vice-Chancellor, Anand Agricultural University, Anand and Kamdhenu University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat and ZMC Chairman, West Zone stressed on the need for diffusing the well-tested climate resilient technologies in other areas. He also suggested analyzing the changes in climate change data during the last five years and quantifying the impact of resilient practices.

Shri Vijay Borade, Trustee, MSSM and Project Director, KVK, Jalna - I, Maharashtra emphasized on adding “Women Empowerment” as an additional module in the TDC-NICRA. Accentuating on the need of processing and value-addition, he urged to include sericulture, bamboo, aromatic and medicinal grasses as climate resilient crops under the NICRA.

Dr. G. Ravindra Chary, Director, ICAR-CRIDA, Hyderabad appreciated the KVK’s efforts to work under the COVID-19 situation successfully. He also underlined the future roadmap of the NICRA Project based on the feedback of the ZMC chairman.

Briefing about the Zone’s achievements, Dr. Lakhan Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Pune, Maharashtra highlighted the impact of silage making, mass trapping of PBW moths in cotton, rain water harvesting, intercropping of pulses in cotton, crop diversification with sericulture and custom hiring centers, etc. He also urged the KVKs for understanding the community’s social vulnerability.

More than 50 participants participated in the virtual workshop.

(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Pune, Maharashtra)