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Annual NICRA Review Workshop of AICRPDA and AICRPAM organized


 

The Annual NICRA Review Workshop of All India Coordinated Research Project for Dryland Agriculture (AICRPDA) and All India Coordinated Research Project on Agrometeorology (AICRPAM) was organized at ICAR-CRIDA, Hyderabad during 26-28 May, 2019 with the main objective to critically review the progress at centres and finalize technical programme for 2019-20. Dr. S. Bhaskar, ADG (Agronomy, Agroforestry & Climate Change), NRM Division, ICAR, Dr. Ch. Srinivasa Rao, Director, NAARM, Dr. B. Venkateswarlu, Former Vice Chancellor, VNMKV, Dr. K.P.R. Vittal, Former Director, ICAR-NIAM, Dr. Y.S. Ramakrishna, Former Director, ICAR-CRIDA, Dr. G. Ravindra Chary, Director (Acting), ICAR-CRIDA & Project Coordinator (AICRPDA), Dr. B.V. Ramana Rao, Former PC, AICRPAM, Dr. G.G.S.N. Rao, Former PC, AICRPAM, Dr. V.U.M. Rao, Former PC, AICRPAM, Dr. G. Subba Reddy, Former PC, AICRPDA, scientists from PC Units, AICRPDA & AICRPAM, ICAR-CRIDA, 23 AICRPDA centres and 25 AICRPAM centres participated in the workshop.

 

 

Dr Bhaskar in his address highlighted the importance of CRIDA and the two AICRPs (AICRPDA and AICRPAM) in ICAR and their role in improving the livelihoods of dryland farmers through farmers’ friendly interventions and agromet advisory services. He also highlighted the need for implementation of real-time contingency plans (RTCPs) across 151 cluster villages to cope with weather aberrations. Dr. G. Ravindra Chary emphasized the need to upscale the RTCPs to cope with weather aberrations. He also informed the house that Micro-level Agromet Advisory Services of AICRPAM under NICRA component will be taken up by IMD for operationalization through District Agro-met Units (DAMUs) in 630 districts of the country. Dr. Srinivasa Rao also highlighted the importance of RTCP implementation to cope with weather aberrations. Drs. Ramana Rao, Ramakrishna, Vittal, and Venkateswarlu briefed about various aspects of NICRA program, its inception, formulation of various projects, implementation and way forward. They also urged the scientists of AICRPDA and AICRPAM to document success stories, impact of various interventions in enhancing agricultural productivity during events of different weather aberrations, and bring out policy briefs. Earlier, Dr. P. Vijaya Kumar, Project Coordinator, AICRPAM welcomed the participants. On the occasion, 13 publications and two mobile apps on agromet advisory services were released.


 

 
Dr.S.Bhaskar, ADG (A, AF && CC) addressing the participants Dr.Ch.Srinivasa Rao, Director, ICAR-NAARM addressing the participants
Dr.B.Venkateswarlu, Former Vice Chancellor, VNMKV, Parbhani addressing the participant Dr.G.Ravindra Chary, Director, CRIDA & PC (AICRPDA) beifing the purpose this workshop
Release of publications by the dignitaries Participation of the workshop

 

This was followed by concurrent sessions on review of progress of research and finalization of NICRA technical programme of both AICRPDA and AICRPAM. The participants also visited Climate Research Facilities at Hayathnagar Research Farm (HRF) of the institute.

 

Visit of participants to climate Research Facilities at HRF 

 

 

 

Technical Review Workshop of Strategic Research Partner Institutes (Horticulture Sciences) under NICRA organized at ICAR-IISR, Kozhikode on 20th May, 2019


      Technical Review Workshop of Horticulture institutes under strategic Research component of NICRA was held at Director’s Conference Room, ICAR-IISR, Kozhikode on 20th May, 2019. The session was chaired by Dr S Bhaskar, ADG (AAF&CC), ICAR, New Delhi and co-chaired by Dr SK Pandey, Ex-Director, ICAR-Central Potato Research Institute (CPRI), Shimla & NICRA Expert Committee member.


      Dr K Nirmal Babu, Director, ICAR-Indian Institute of Spices Research (IISR) welcomed the participants and highlighted the vulnerability of spice crops to climate variability and change. Dr G Ravindra Chary, Director (Actg.), ICAR-CRIDA in his initial remarks emphasized the need for effective utilization of infrastructure facilities and manpower provided under NICRA project and come out with summary of outcomes from each institute.  Dr SK Pandey, NICRA Expert Committee member expressed his satisfaction to the progress made over the years and advised to critically analyse the results. Dr S Bhaskar expressed the importance of crop planning to address vulnerability of vegetables & fruits to changing climate followed by presentations by PIs from ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR), Bengaluru; ICAR-Indian Institute of Vegetable Research (IIVR), Varanasi & ICAR-Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research (DOGR), Pune. The progress of the previous year and the technical program for the next year was critically reviewed and suggestions were provided by the expert committee.


       The expert committee member opined that there should be detailed studies to understand pollen viability and stigma receptivity under high temperature conditions. The positive effects of climate change in horticulture crops also should be studied and documented. There was also suggestion to bring out policy briefs for horticulture commodities which are being studied under NICRA. The meeting ended with vote of thanks to the chair by Dr M Prabhakar, PI, NICRA.

 


 

 (Source: ICAR-CRIDA-Hyderabad)

 

 

   
   

 

 

 

 

Technical Review Workshop of Strategic Research Partner Institutes (Integrated Modeling) under NICRA organized at IIT, Chennai on 3rd May, 2019

 

      

Technical Review Workshop of Modeling Group institutes under strategic Research component of NICRA was held at Conference Hall-I, Centre for Industrial Consultancy and Sponsored Research (ICSR), IIT, Chennai.

 

The session was chaired by Dr K Alagusundaram, DDG (NRM & AE) and co-chaired by Dr B Venkateswarlu, NICRA Expert Committee member.

 

Dr K Alagusundaram, DDG (NRM & AE) suggested that NICRA must be acknowledged for the work arising out of NICRA funding. The contribution of modeling work under NICRA may be quantified in terms of contribution to new knowledge generation, research and policy.

 

Dr G Ravindra Chary, Director (Actg.), CRIDA welcomed the participants and emphasized the need to bring the tangible outputs from modelling group. The session started with the overview of modelling group presented by Dr S Naresh Kumar, Co-PI, IARI, New Delhi followed by presentations from IISS, Bhopal; IISWC, Dehradun and IIT, Chennai; CRIDA, Hyderabad; CPRI, Shimla; IIHR, Bengaluru, CIBA, Chennai; CMFRI, Kochi and IARI, New Delhi.

 

The expert committee member opined that there should be frequent meetings with in the group and exchange of data sets. It was emphasized to acknowledge NICRA funding in all the publications. It is also suggested to bring out the outputs from modeling group in the form of technical bulletin. The meeting ended with vote of thanks to the chair by Dr M Prabhakar, PI, NICRA.

 

 

 

      

 

         

 


Annual Review and Action Plan Workshop of KVKs under NICRA-TDC organized atICAR-CRIDA, Hyderabad


Three day Annual Review Workshop of 121 KVKs involved in the Technology Demonstration Component of National Innovations in Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) was held at ICAR-CRIDA-Hyderabad during 4-6th June 2019.     Dr.A.K.Singh, Deputy Director General (AE), Dr.S.Bhaskar, Assistant Director General (A, AF & CC),  Directors of seven  ATARIs, Directors/Deputy Directors of Extension, Chairmen, Zonal Monitoring Committees and Nodal Officers from ATARIs, Scientists/SMS from 121 KVKs and CRIDA participated  in the Workshop.

 

In the Inauguration Session, Dr A.K.Singh, DDG (Agricultural Extension) highlighted the uniqueness of the project and salient achievements of the programme and the need for the spread of the resilient practices. He emphasised the need for documenting the promising resilient technologies which can be communicated to the developmental programs for integration. Dr.Bhaskar informed that the recent developments on the risk assessment with respect to climate change, impacts of technologies demonstrated and the need for focus on tree based systems. He also spoke about the impact of NICRA on the spread of the custom hiring centers and the models of NICRA as developmental programs such as PoCRA. He emphasised the need for expanding the climate resilient villages in the next phase.   Earlier, while welcoming the dignitaries and the participants, Dr.G.Ravindra Chary, Director-CRIDA detailed about the resilience due to climate change, climate resilient villages and  emphasized on the need for implementation of real time measures for minimising the impact of climatic variability.

 

 During the occasion,  22 best performing KVKs in the project were awarded and two publications were released. During the workshop, the progress achieved, outcomes and future action plan at these KVKs were thoroughly discussed.  The action points for implementation for the year 2019-20 were finalised.


 

 (Source: ICAR-CRIDA-Hyderabad)

 

 

   
   

 

 

 

 

Technical Review Workshop of Strategic Research Partner Institutes (Crop Sciences) under NICRA organized at NASC, New Delhi on 29th April, 2019

 

      

Technical Review Workshop of Crop Sciences Group institutes under strategic Research component of NICRA was held at conference hall, NASC Complex, ICAR.

 

The inaugural session was chaired by Dr K Alagusundaram, DDG (NRM & AE) and co-chaired by Dr HE Shashidhar, NICRA Expert Committee member. Dr NP Singh, Director, IIPR, Kanpur also participated in the review meeting.

 

Dr K Alagusundaram, DDG (NRM & AE) deliberated on the importance of climate resilient varieties and suggested to expedite the process of varietal release proposals under NICRA. Dr AK Singh, DDG (CS & HS) in his remarks suggested to discuss on the issue of availability of resilient varieties at village level to farmers. Dr G Ravindra Chary, Director (Actg.), CRIDA welcomed the participants and emphasized the need to bring the tangible outputs from crop improvement group followed by presentations from PIs from IIRR, Hyderabad; NRRI, Cuttack; IARI, New Delhi; IIPR, Kanpur; IIWBR, Karnal; NRCPB, New Delhi; CRIDA, Hyderabad; IIMR, Ludhiana; ICAR-NEH, Umiam; NIASM, Baramati and NCIPM, New Delhi. 

 

Several research fellows and young professionals working in the host institutes at New Delhi also have participated in the meeting.

 

It is suggested to bring out the outputs from crop improvement projects in the form of technical bulletin and to publish the results in high impact journals. The meeting ended with vote of thanks to the chair by Dr M Prabhakar, PI, NICRA.

 

 

 

      

 

         

 


   

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