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Crop diversification for livelihood security and resilience to climate variability





Village level seed banks to combat seed shortages

In scarce rainfall zones of India, practice of sole cropping is predominant but is risky and often results in low yields or sometimes even in crop failure due to erratic monsoon rainfall and skewed distribution. In such areas intercropping is a feasible option to minimize risk in crop production, ensure reasonable returns at least from the intercrop and also improve soil fertility with a legume intercrop.


NICRA Project launched in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh on 17th July, 2015

The National Innovations in Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) project was launched at Chiitticherla village of Chinnagottigallu mandal in Chittoor district on 17th July 2015. ICAR-CRIDA which is coordinating the NICRA project implemented by 100 KVKs since 2011 at the national level is expanding the project implementation to 21 additional districts identified for their climate vulnerability from 2015 onwards. The technology demonstration component of NICRA in the district will be implemented by Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) operated by Rashtriya Seva Samithi (RASS).




Seed shortage of suitable crop varieties is an important limitation faced by farmers to implement contingency crop plans to tackle aberrant rainfall situations. In vulnerable areas, farmers tend to dispose-off the entire produce as grain and therefore depend on external sources for seed supply in the next season. In crops where the seed multiplication ratio is low, seed rate and seed cost is high



Technology Enables Farmers to Secure Livelihood in Andaman Islands

The Climate of coastal lowlands of Andaman Islands is not conducive for agriculture due to various environmental factors. Fewer rainy days, increasing length of dry spell along with soil salinity during dry season makes agriculture highly vulnerable in this area.  It is vital to manage the threat emanating from the rising mean global temperature and sea level to ensure the sustainable livelihood of people inhabiting these areas.  In addition, after 2004, tsunami seawater is more often gushing into the land inundating paddy fields with saline water.  Inundation by seawater combined with heavy tropical rain often destroy field crop.  Collinpur village of South Andaman is one among the several villages affected by these problems





Forthcoming Events

  • NICRA-TDC workshop for finalization of technical program at Guwahati, Assam during 6-7 May, 2016

  • Interface meeting of NICRA-Water Mission on 6th May, 2016

  • Contingency preparedness meeting for Andhra Pradesh on 11th May, 2016 at Karnool, AP

  • Enhanced preparedness for contingency implementation for Karnataka on 10th May, 2016, GKVK, Bangalore

  • Technical program workshop of TDC-NICRA on 11th May, 2016 at ATARI, Zone VIII, Bangalore

  • Preparedness for enhanced contingency for Maharashtra on 13th May, 2016 at Pune

  • Contingency Preparedness Interface meeting for Telangana on 17th May, 2016 at CRIDA, Hyderabad


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