2 - 3 January, 2020, Ahmednagar - 1
The ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Pune organized the “Zonal Review Workshop of National Innovations on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) KVKs of Maharashtra and Gujarat” at the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Ahmednagar - I from 2nd to 3rd January, 2020.
The Chief Guest, Dr. Lakhan Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Pune emphasized on the need to scale-up the proven resilient practices and document the NICRA Villages’ farmers’ success stories. He urged to make the NICRA villages as the models for the climate resilience, doubling farm incomes, small farm mechanization, and low cost agriculture and integrated farming systems.
Dr. J.V.N.S. Prasad, Coordinator, Technology Demonstration Component, ICAR-CRIDA, Hyderabad emphasized on the need for identifying the proven resilient practices based on the performance of the practices during the project period, the need for critical review of the performance of the village Institutions and also the agro advisories to improve them in the next phase of the programme.
Dr. RK Singh, Former Head, Division of Agricultural Extension, Chandra Sekhar Azad University of Agriculture & Technology, Kanpur stressed on the need for quantifying the impact of resilient practices vis-à-vis that of the farmers practice and with reference to the occurrence of climatic variability.
The review of 3 Farmer FIRST centres (MPKV, Rahuri; JAU, Junagadh and NAU, Navsari) was also carried out during the occasion.
The participants were also provided with the exposure about the silage making, rain water harvesting, using drip irrigation, low cost measure to know water stress in grapes, broad bed furrow, mulching in different crops, etc., in Rainfed area during the field visit to the NICRA village - Pimpri Lokai.
A total of 40 participants representing Heads, Co-PIs and SRFs of 13 KVKs (8 KVKs from Maharashtra and 5 from Gujarat) participated in the workshop.
(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Pune)