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.