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  Zonal Monitoring Committee of TDC-NICRA visits KVK, Chittoor (RASS), Andhra Pradesh 10th September, 2019.


The Zonal Monitoring Committee of TDC-NICRA visited the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Chittoor (RASS) for reviewing the KVK’s activities under the NICRA from 9th to 10th September, 2019.

The KVK has been implementing the technology demonstrations under the NICRA since 2012 under the crop production, NRM and livestock modules besides undertaking Institutional interventions viz., Custom Hiring Centre (CHC), Seed Bank and Fodder Bank through the Village Climate Risk Management Committee (VCRMC).

The Committee under the supervision of Dr. N. Sudhakar, Former Director, ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Hyderabad reviewed the KVK, Karakambadi’s activities in the KVK’s instructional farm.

Dr. D. Srinivasulu, Head, KVK underlined the KVK’s achievements under the NICRA since inception.

The Committee suggested to quantify the impact of NRM interventions, saturate successful interventions in the NICRA villages and up-scale them to the adjoining villages. It visited the two NICRA villages of the KVK (Chittecharla and Deendarlapalli) on the 10th September and reviewed the various interventions implemented under the NRM, crop production and livestock modules.

It also suggested for implementing the contingency plans during late onset of the monsoon, facilitating seed production of drought tolerant varieties by farmers of the village, recharging the bore wells through convergence and encouraging the value-addition to tomato during periods when prices fall.

The members of the Committee included Dr. K. Srinivas, Principal Scientist, ICAR-CRIDA; Dr. K. Ramesh, Principal Scientist, ICAR-IIOR and Dr. J.V. Prasad, Principal Scientist, ICAR-ATARI, Hyderabad (Member secretary).

(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute (ATARI), Hyderabad)






 ZMC Team Reviewed NICRA Project in Pune, Maharashtra 9th March, 2019.   


The Zonal Monitoring Committee monitored the climate resilient interventions in various villages at Baramati, Pune today.

The Monitoring Committee led by Dr. M.C. Varshney, former Vice-Chancellor, Anand Agricultural University, Anand and Kamdhenu University, Gandhinagar visited Jalgaon KP, Jalagaon Supe and Karhati villages in Baramati taluka.

The Krishi Vigyan Kendra did the disilting of 8.5 km of water stream in six check dams in Jalgaon KP in the convergence mode. The process lead to increase the water table through the tube wells in the vicinity to the extent of 2 to 3 meter. The process resulted in bringing the nearby 40 ha land under the cultivation.

 Shri Kumar Shivaji Kalane a farmer had 10 acre of land in which he followed Integrated Farming System model as advised by the NICRA team. He had shadenet house in 2 acre where he raised capsicum which was purchased by local traders from farm itself. It is giving him economic return of Rs 20 lakh/year. He had pomegranate orchard (0.6 ha) and marvel grass. He also had goat herds and poultry with 7000 broiler birds. For loose housing dairy farm with 4 cows, he was using maize silage for feeding cattle. Dairy component was giving him an income Rs 15000 per month. He has created employment opportunity to 8 persons for 6 months.

In Jalgaon Supe, the farmers created a Farmer Producer Company (FPC) in the Year - 2015 that has been supported by the government in the form of subsidy of Rs. 12 lakh. The farmers invested about Rs 5.5 lakh. The farmers were guided by the NICRA team to form the FPC. Now, the farmers have machines for cleaning, grading and packing of the seeds and grains. This year, a newly started FPC helped them to earn a profit of Rs. 36,000.

As a result, now, families are taking dairy as the supportive business. Despite of lack of green fodder in the village, they are able to make the silage of maize for their cattle. About 70 farmers have up-scaled the loose housing dairy farm practice in the NICRA villages. This has helped the farmers to earn to Rs. 60 to 70 thousand annually by maintaining around 20 goats and 50 vanaraja poultry birds.

 The Zonal Monitoring Committee also visited the different units of KVK, Baramati. During this, they interacted with Mrs. Sunanda Pawar, Trustee, Agricultural Development Trust, Baramati and other KVK experts.

(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Pune)





Zonal Monitoring Committee visit to two KVKs- Nandurbar and Ahmednagar of ATARI-Pune (Zone-VIII) 


Zonal Monitoring Committee (ZMC) under NICRA Project visited two KVKs of Maharashtra during 8 to 10th January, 2019. The ZMC consisted of Prof. M.C. Varshneya, Former Vice-Chancellor of AAU, Anand & Kamadhenu University, Gandhinagar as Chairman,        Dr. Lakhan Singh, Director, ATARI-Pune (Zone-VIII) as Vice Chairman, Dr K.D. Kokate, Director, Extension, MPKV, Rahuri, Dr. Jagadeesh Rane, Head, Drought school, from NIASM Baramati and Dr. K. Nagasree, Principal Scientist, ICAR-CRIDA, Hyderabad. The committee visited KVK Nandurbar and NICRA village on 8th January and KVK-Ahmednagar and the NICRA village on 10th January, 2019.The committee interacted with the Nandurbar and Ahmednagar KVK staff, visited demonstrations, custom hiring centers and interacted with communities about the performance of resilient practices. The committee made several recommendations and urged KVKs to spread promising interventions to adjoining villages as well. Chairman suggested to formulate a strategy for scaling up of the climate resilient practices among the farmers through various stake holders through convergence.


(Source: ICAR-CRIDA-Hyderabad)






 ZMC visits NICRA KVKs of Madhya Pradesh 13th & 14th March, 2019.   


The Zonal Monitoring Committee Team under the NICRA Project visited the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Morena and Krishi Vigyan Kendra,Guna in Madhya Pradesh from 13 - 14th March, 2019.

The Team consisted of Dr. N. Sudhakar, Ex-ZPD, Hyderabad as Chairman; Dr. Anupam Mishra, Director, ATARI, Jabalpur, Vice-Chairman; Dr. Pradeep Dey, Principal Scientist, IISS, Bhopal;

Dr. S.S. Balloli, Principal Scientist (Soil Science); Dr. T.R. Sharma, DES, JNKVV representative; Dr. S.S. Kushwaha, DES, RVSKVV, Gwalior and Dr. S.R.K. Singh, Principal Scientist & Member  Secretary, ATARI, Jabalpur.

 At the KVK, Morena, the ZMC Members visited the NICRA village - Ata for inspecting the technical progress in all the modules as NRM, Crop Production, Livestock and Fishery and Institutional   Intervention. The team also interacted with the farmers of NICRA village - Ata. During the visit, the Team observed the good coverage of the interventions across the different sections of the   rural community.  The KVK showed the FIRB in wheat and raised bed in other crops in the NICRA village along with the livestock particularly, buffalo and cattle based interventions.

 In KVK, Guna, the ZMC team visited the NICRA villages - Sarkhon & Araskheda and monitored the various interventions implemented. The team was shown the wheat crop variety HI-1544,  protected cultivation, vermi-composting, custom hiring centre based intervention, etc. During the visit, the marigold was found to be effective as a trap crop in several places; border row of    marigold in tomato may be tried and demonstrated. Similarly, in cauliflower, mustard can be used as a trap crop.

 The Zonal Monitoring Committee Members also had an interaction session with the farmers at both the KVKs and discussed about the various aspects of the climate situation and its effects on   their agricultural practices for the mitigation and adaptation for the same.

 The Zonal Monitoring committee stressed on the need for fine tuning the contingent plan of NICRA Districts in the context of prevailing climatic vulnerability  in order to save the farmers’ crops  and livestock from the harsh weather conditions.

(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Zone-IX, Jabalpur)





Visit of Zonal Monitoring Committee to KVK- South 24 Parganas of ATARI- Kolkata (Zone-V)



Zonal Monitoring Committee of Technology Demonstration Component-NICRA of Zone V visited to KVK, South 24 Parganas on 10th July, 2019 to review NICRA activities of the KVK. The committee chaired by Hon'ble Dr. H.K. Senapati, Former Vice-Chancellor & Dean, PGF cum DRI, OUAT, Bhubaneswar and Hon'ble Members - Dr. B. Kandpal, Joint Director, ICAR Research Complex, Tripura as DDG (NRM) nominee and Dr. J.V.N.S. Prasad, Principal Scientist, ICAR-CRIDA, Hyderabad as Director, CRIDA nominee and Hon'ble Member Secretary, Dr. F.H. Rahman, Principal Scientist & NICRA Nodal Officer, ICAR-ATARI, Kolkata. The team visited the land shaping plots, ail cultivation, cropping intensification by water harvesting, demonstration of livestock interventions, fish seed production units and interacted with KVK personnel/staff, and farmers adopting various technologies. As a part of program, visited the custom hiring center and interacted with VCRMC members verified bank accounts and the money deposited from the hiring of the equipment. The committee suggested to forge linkage with the development departments operational in the district and also the programs aiming at the development of sunderbans region and integrate these technologies with the ongoing developmental programs so as to reach large number of farmers.


 (Source: ICAR-CRIDA-Hyderabad)










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