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High Level Monitoring Committee meeting of National Innovations in Climate Resilient Agriculture Project organized at NASC, New Delhi on 7th March, 2019


       Eleventh High level monitoring committee (HLMC) meeting of National Innovations in Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) was held at NASC, New Delhi on 7th March, 2019 to review the Action Taken Report on the recommendations of the 10th HLMC and to review the progress and achievements of the project from May, 2018 to February, 2019.

       Dr K Alagusundaram, DDG (NRM & AE) welcomed the participants. Dr JK Jena, DDG (Fisheries & AS), Senior Officers from ICAR, representatives from various Ministries viz., Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, Ministry of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj and DST also participated in the meeting.

       Dr T Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR) chaired the meeting and emphasized to upscale climate resilient technologies across the country by converging with several ongoing schemes of different ministries. He further suggested to study the impact of NICRA project activities on different stakeholders throughout the country.

       Shri Bimbadhar Pradhan, Additional Secretary & Financial Advisor (DARE/ICAR) appreciated efforts made under NICRA towards enhancing the resilience of Indian agriculture to climatic variability and climate change and highlighted the importance of climate resilient agriculture towards doubling of farmers income. Shri Sushil Kumar, Additional Secretary (DARE) & Secretary (ICAR) suggested to align the technology outputs from NICRA to address the projected impact of 2oC rise in temperature and advised to share the project outcomes with relevant ministries and departments.

       Dr S Bhaskar ADG (AAF&CC) presented the ATR on the previous HLMC, Dr G Ravndra Chary, Director (Actg.), ICAR-CRIDA on the overview of NICRA followed by presentations from Dr M Prabhakar, PI-NICRA, Dr CA Rama Rao, Head, DSA and Dr JVNS Prasad, Co-PI, NICRA. Major recommendations of the meeting are to document the incentivisation of climate resilient technologies, forging linkages with different ministries and organize brainstorming workshop to deliberate on NICRA beyond 2020. Two publications viz., Climate Change Research Infrastructure and Climate Resilient Crop Varieties for Sustainable Food Production under Aberrant Weather Conditions were released.










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