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 High Level Monitoring Committee meeting of NICRA Project organized

 

The 13thHigh Level Monitoring Committee (HLMC) meeting of National Innovations in Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) project was held through virtual mode on 3rdSeptember 2021.  Dr T Mohapatra, Secretary, DARE & Director General, ICAR chaired the meeting.  Dr SK Chaudhari, DDG (NRM & AE) welcomed the participants. Shri Sanjiv Kumar, Financial Advisor (DARE);Shri Sanjay Garg, Additional Secretary (DARE) & Secretary (ICAR);Shri Charanjit Singh, Joint Secretary, Rural Livelihoods, MoRD; Shri Govind Sharma, Director (Finance), ICAR; Dr TR Sharma, DDG (CS); Dr JK Jena, DDG (Fisheries); Dr BN Tripathi, DDG (AS); Dr RC Agrawal, DDG (Agril. Edn.); Shri Praveen Malik,Animal Husbandry Commissioner (DAHD), Dr SaurabhUpadhyay,MoEF&CC; Dr Debapriya Dutta, DST; Dr KK Singh, IMD; Dr B Venkateswarlu, Member, NICRA Expert Committee and other officials from various ministries and departments, Dr S Bhaskar, ADG (AAF&CC); Dr Adlul Islam, ADG (SWM); Dr Vikramaditya Pandey, ADG (HS); Dr KK Singh, ADG (Agril. Engg.); Dr VisheshSaxena, ADG (AS); Dr VP Chahal, ADG (Agril. Extn.); Shri Manda Verma, Assistant Commissioner(NRM); Dr VK Singh, Director (CRIDA), and Scientists from CRIDA, representatives from various Ministries and Departments also participated and provided inputs.

 

Hon’ble DG, ICAR appreciated the progress of the project and the recognition for NICRA project at both national and global level. He stressed on documentation of state-specific climate resilient technologies for their inclusion in NMSA and state action plans. He emphasized to assess the impact of Technology Demonstration Component on socio-economic status of the farmers in the adopted villages.  He further suggested to develop concrete action plans for ensuring sufficient fodder availability in the adopted villages.

 

Shri Sanjiv Kumar emphasized that the climate resilient village models established in 151 vulnerable districts have paved way for formulating and implementing similar projects in some states including Maharashtra. Shri Sanjay Garg stressed that the CRV models should be expanded to other parts of the country in convergence with relevant schemes, organizations and departments at both centre and state level.DDGs and ADGs of ICAR and officials from various ministries/departments provided many key inputs for further strengthening of NICRA program.

 

Dr S Bhaskar presented the ATR on the previous HLMC, Dr VK Singh presented a brief overview of NICRA followed by presentations by Dr M Prabhakar, PI-NICRA and JVNS Prasad, Co-PI, NICRA. Major recommendations of the meeting include: develop comprehensive drought proofing action plans for drought-prone districts, assess the impact of technology demonstration on socio-economic status of the farmers in adopted villages, document the lessons learnt from validation of contingency plans, assess the impact of custom hiring centres on drudgery reduction and farmers’ income particularly in eastern and NE India, provide technical support to DST for establishment of Community Resilience Resource Centres in the country.


  
 


 

 
   

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Review Workshop of Technology Demonstration Component of NICRA of ICAR-ATARI, Zone-I-Ludhiana  


The annual review and concluding workshop of Technology Demonstration Component of NICRA of ICAR-ATARI, Ludhiana was held on 19th, June 2021 through virtual modeunder the chairmanship of Dr. S. K. Chaudhari, Deputy Director General (NRM),ICAR. The Guest of Honor was Dr. J. P. Sharma, Vice-Chancellor, SKUAST, Jammu. The meeting was attended by Dr. S. Baskar, ADG (AAF&CC), ICAR, Dr. V.K. Singh, Director, ICAR-CRIDA, Hyderabad,Dr.Rajbir Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Ludhiana, Dr.A. K. Mehta, Former ADG & Chairman ZMC, Dr. J. S. Mahal, DEE, PAU, Ludhiana, Dr.S. K. Gupta, DEE, SKUAST, Jammu, Dr.C. Tiwari, DEE, VCSGUUHF,Bharsar,Dr.Ashish S. Murai, Nodal Officer, NICRA, Dr. J.V.N.S. Prasad, Principal Scientist & Co-PI, NICRA-TDC, Dr. M. Prabhakar, Principal Scientist & PI, NICRA, along with Project Coordinators at ICAR-CRIDA, Heads of Divisions of ICAR-CRIDA, Co-PIs of TDC and other scientists from ICAR-CRIDA, Hyderabad. Heads of NICRA KVKs of the participating districts and also the new districts and KVK staff involved in NICRA project, staff of ICAR-ATARI, Ludhianaattended the workshop.

 

Dr. Rajbir Singh formally welcomed the guests, chairman, DEE from SAUs and all participants. In his address he focused on approaches for developing the climate resilient villages by scaling up of proven practices. TDC is operational in 13 districts in the zone out of which 8 districts are continuing in next phase. Dr. V.K. Singh, Director, ICAR-CRIDA, emphasizedon the approaches to be adopted in next phase of TDC by demonstrating climate resilient technologies on farming system typologies considering all important crops grown, resources available, constraints, resilience of various system and for minimizing the risk. The technologies found to be promising are to be upscaled to reach large number of farmers.

 

Dr. S. K. Chaudhari, Deputy Director (NRM),ICAR said that the NICRA-TDC is flagship programme of the ICAR. He explained about the selection of districts based on the risk and vulnerability for the next phase. He emphasized on documentation of the successful technologies for showcasing at National platforms. He said that in next phase comprehensive approach is to be adopted by demonstrating multiple technologies and to strengthen the village institutions and convergence to scale the proven technologies in all the villages. Dr. A. K. Mehta, explained the current climate change situation in India and action plan be focused by considering all the problems faced by the farmers. He appreciated the ICAR and KVKs for their work done to the farmers to minimize the impact of climate change. Dr. S. Baskar, ADG (AAF&CC), ICAR gave an outline how the TDC programme came into existence and development of cluster villages. He focused on the upscaling of technologies with convergence. He emphasized on spread of resilient technologies in village clusters. Dr. J. P. Sharma, Vice-Chancellor, SKUAST, Jammu, discussed about the current climate change scenario in India and the need for resilient technologies. He emphasized on the need for water harvesting structures to be developed in the villages and explained about the impact of interventions in Kathua district of Jammu. Dr J.V.N.S. Prasad proposed vote of thanks.

 

During the meeting, 13 KVKs presented consolidated reports and 8 districts presented technical programme for next phase of NICRA-TDC. During the presentations several suggestions were made regarding the action plan for the year 2021-22.

 

 


 

 
   

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Review Workshop of Technology Demonstration Component of NICRA of ICAR-ATARI, Hyderabad    


 

The concluding review workshop of Technology Demonstration Component of NICRA of ICAR-ATARI, Hyderabad was held on 7th, June 2021 through video conferencing. The chief guest of the meeting is       Dr. V.K. Singh, Director, ICAR-CRIDA. Dr. J.V. Prasad, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Hyderabad, Dr. N. Sudhakar, Chairman ZMC, Directors of Extension Education of ANGRAU-Lam, PJTSAU-Hyderabad, TANUVAS-Chennai, TNAU-Coimbatore, Heads of NICRA KVKs of the concluded districts and also the new districts and KVK staff involved in NICRA project, Project Coordinators at ICAR-CRIDA, Heads of Divisions of ICAR-CRIDA, PI of NICRA, Co-PIs of TDC attended the workshop.

 

Dr. J.V. Prasad, Director, ICAR-ATARI has welcomed the chief guest and other participants. He briefly gave the overview of the NICRA-TDC in the ATARI zone since the inception. TDC is operational in 11 districts in the zone out of which only 5 districts are continuing in next phase. He emphasized on spread of resilient technologies in village clusters. He mentioned that efforts were made to saturate the resilient technologies in NICRA village clusters. Directors of Extension Education of SAUs has given the salient achievements and impact of resilient technologies in village clusters in minimising the risk and appreciated the good work done by the KVKs contributing towards resilience. Dr. N. Sudhakar, Chairman of the ZMC of NICRA emphasized on spread of resilient technologies in large scale. Stressed the need for greater involvement of women should in TDC program. Dr J.V.N.S. Prasad spoke about the significant achievements of the KVKs and the impact of resilient technologies like flood tolerant varieties, water harvesting structures created in NICRA villages. He urged the DEE and KVKs to support for further spread of identified resilient technologies. He also presented the new approach for the next phase of NICRA-TDC.

 

Dr. V.K. Singh, Director, ICAR-CRIDA, requested the ICAR-ATARI and DEEs to spread the resilient technologies identified in past 10 years and upscale in larger area by closely working with the development departments. He emphasized on the farming system model integrating multiple technologies. Climate resilient farming system is more adaptive and can mitigate the risk. He stressed the need for involving the development departments and showcasing the good work done in the NICRA villages to them will contribute towards their spread. During the meeting, 11 districts presented their summary since the inception of NICRA-TDC and 5 districts presented their action plan for 2021-22. Dr. B. Malathi, Scientist, ICAR-ATARI, Hyderabad proposed the vote of thanks.

 

 

   
  

 

 

 
   
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