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Technical Program Finalization Workshop of NICRA Strategic Partner Institutes under Natural Resource Management & Agricultural Engineering organized

 

Technical Program Finalization Workshop of Natural Resource Management (NRM) & Agricultural Engineering (AE) institutes under Strategic Research component of National Innovations in Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) was held on 17 August, 2020 through video conferencing under the chairmanship of Dr S Bhaskar, ADG (AAF&CC).

 

NICRA Expert Committee members viz., Dr V Praveen Rao, VC, PJTSAU, Dr B Venkateswarlu, Former VC, VNMKV and Dr CL Acharya, Former Director, ICAR-IISS, Dr KK Singh, ADG (AE), ICAR, Dr G Ravindra Chary, Director (Actg.), CRIDA, Dr M Prabhakar, PI, NICRA, CRIDA, Principal Investigators, Scientists, Research Associates & Senior Research Fellows from 9 NRM & AE institutes (CIAE, CRIDA, ICAR-RC-NEH, IIFSR, NRRI, CAZRI, CSSRI, IISS and IARI) participated in the video conferencing. 

 

Dr G Ravindra Chary welcomed the participants and desired that technologies should be prioritized for each cropping system. Dr S Bhaskar suggested to avoid the overlapping of objectives between institutes and to prepare risk assessment maps for arid and NEH regions. Dr V Praveen Rao opined to do big data analytics, interoperability of data and to share the standard coefficients developed from experiments to State Agriculture Universities. He further suggested to communicate the success stories to the Principal Secretaries of State Agriculture Departments. Dr B Venkateswarlu advised to draw some outputs for policy at national and state level and to avoid duplication of activities with the institute mandate. Dr CL Acharya advised to find out technologies for rice straw management and for improving nutrient use efficiency.

 

This was followed by presentations from the Principal Investigators and detailed discussion. The meeting ended with vote of thanks by Dr M Prabhakar, PI, NICRA.


   
  
   
 


 

 
   

 

Technical Program Finalization Workshop of NICRA Strategic Partner Institutes under Fisheries organized

 

Technical Program Finalization Workshop of Fisheries institutes under Strategic Research component of National Innovations in Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) was held on 20August, 2020 through video conferencing under the chairmanship of Dr S Bhaskar, ADG (AAF&CC).

 

Dr AG Ponniah, NICRA Expert Committee member, Dr G Ravindra Chary, Director (Actg.), CRIDA, Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director, CMFRI, Dr Debajit Sarma, Director, DCFR, Dr M Prabhakar, PI, NICRA, CRIDA, Principal Investigators, Scientists, Research Associates & Senior Research Fellows from 4 Fisheries institutes (CMFRI, CIFRI, CIBA and DCFR) participated in the video conferencing. 

 

Dr G Ravindra Chary welcomed the participants and suggested to work on the effect of sea weed and sea grass on field crops. Dr S Bhaskar highlighted the products of marine origin and appreciated the outcomes from the group. He further suggested to translate outputs into outcomes in next phase. Dr AG Ponniah appreciating the progress advised to include breeding activities in relation to climate change.

 

This was followed by presentations from the Principal Investigators and detailed discussion.

The meeting ended with vote of thanks by Dr M Prabhakar, PI, NICRA.

 

   
  
   
 




 

 
   

 

Annual Review Workshop of NICRA - Technology Demonstration Component of ICAR-ATARI Zone-VIII, Pune was held on 7thAugust, 2020

 

The annual review workshop of Technology Demonstration Component of National Innovations in Climate Resilient Agriculture of ICAR-ATARI Zone-VIII,Pune was held on 7thAugust, 2020 through video conferencing. Dr Ashok Dhawan, Vice Chancellor-VNMKV, Dr MC Varshneya, former Vice-chancellor-AAU-Anand and Kamadhenu University-Gandhinagar and Chairman-Zonal monitoring committee of west zone, Dr G Ravindra Chary, Director-ICAR-CRIDA, Dr Lakhan Singh, Director-ICAR-ATARI, Pune, Shri Vijay Borade, Trustee-MSSM & PD, KVK-Jalna, Directors of Extension of PDKV-Akola, BSKKV-Dapoli, GAU-Junagarh, PC’s of NICRA KVKs and KVK staff involved in NICRA project, heads of divisions of ICAR-CRIDA, Co-PIs of TDC participated in the workshop.

 

Dr Ashok Dhawan, Vice Chancellor, VNMKV, Parbhani in his inaugural address emphasised the need to focus on enhancing farmers income in NICRA villages apart from minimising the impact of climatic variability. He stressed the need to generate evidences on how the NICRA interventions minimised the impact of COVID-19. Dr MC Varshneya recalled the promising resilient technologies in the districts of Nandurbar, Pune and Ahmednagar and emphasized the need to spread the technologies in convergence mode. Dr G Ravindra Chary highlighted the need to focus on deliverables and appreciated the work done by KVKs during the lockdown. Dr Lakhan Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Pune in his opening remarks strengthened about the success stories of resilient practices in NICRA villages by 13 KVKs. Dr JVNS Prasad gave brief overview of the programme in the zone and emphasised about theaction points of the 12thHLMC meeting held on 23rd June, 2020. Directors of Extension spoke about the impact of interventions.

 

During the workshop, 13 KVKs presented the significant achievements of 2019-20 and the action plans for the year 2020-21 which were discussed and several suggestions were made. During the valedictory session, action points were identified for implementation in a time bound manner. 


   
  
   
 




 

 
   

 

Technical Program Finalization Workshop of NICRA Strategic Partner Institutes under Animal Sciences organized

 

Technical Program Finalization Workshop of Animal Sciences institutes under Strategic Research component of National Innovations in Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) was held on 12 August, 2020 through video conferencing under the chairmanship of Dr S Bhaskar, ADG (AAF&CC).

 

Dr RC Upadhyay, NICRA Expert Committee member, Dr G Ravindra Chary, Director (Actg.), CRIDA, Dr Raghavendra Bhatta, Director, NIANP, Dr BK Kandpal, Director, ICAR RC-NEH, Dr M Prabhakar, PI, NICRA, CRIDA, Principal Investigators, Scientists, Research Associates & Senior Research Fellows from 7 Animal Science institutes (NIANP, IVRI, NDRI, ICAR RC-NEH, NIVEDI, CAZRI& CRIDA) participated in the video conferencing. 

 

Dr G Ravindra Chary welcomed the participants and highlightedimportance of livestock sector in GHG emissions.Dr SBhaskar suggested to follow the acceptable methodologies for GHG emissions in livestock. He further suggested to work on issues of fertility rate and collaboration of different institutes in Animal Sciences.Dr RC Upadhyayadvised to include social scientist in livestock sector and redesign the objectives of institutes in relation to climate change. Dr Raghavendra Bhatta emphasized that NIANP has best state-of-art facilities for animal science in Asia and has thermo neutral zone monitoring which is unique. Dr BK Kandpalhighlighted the measures for making animal system resilient in North Eastern region to climate change.

 

This was followed by presentations from the Principal Investigators and detailed discussion.

The meeting ended with vote of thanks by Dr M Prabhakar, PI, NICRA.

 

   
  
   
 




 

 
   

High Level Monitoring Committee meeting of National Innovations in Climate Resilient Agriculture Project organized

 

Twelfth High Level Monitoring Committee (HLMC) meeting of National Innovations in Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) project was held through video conferencing on 23rd June, 2020.  Dr.T Mohapatra, Secretary, DARE & DG, ICAR chaired the meeting. Dr SK Chaudhari, DDG (NRM) welcomed the participants. Shri Sanjay Singh, AS (DARE) and Secretary, ICAR, Shri Bimbadhar Pradhan, Additional Secretary & Financial Advisor (DARE/ICAR), Dr K Alagusundaram, DDG (Agril. Engg.), Dr AK Singh, DDG (AE), Dr AK Singh, DDG (HS), Dr JK Jena, DDG (Fisheries), Dr TR Sharma, DDG (CS), Dr BN Tripathi, DDG (AS), Ms Namita Priyadarshee, JS (DAC & FW), Ms Leena Johri, JS (MoRD & PR),Ms. Richa Sharma, JS (MoEFCC), Shri Kushal Vashisth (MoEFCC), Shri G. Ashok Kumar, Mission Director, NWM (MoWR), Dr. D. Dutta (DST), Dr. S.D. Attri (IMD), Dr. A.K. Rawat, Advisor (DBT), Dr. B. Venkateswarlu, Member, NICRA Expert Committee and other officials from various ministries and departments, Dr. S. Bhaskar, ADG (AAFCC), Dr. Adlul Islam, ADG (SWM),  Dr. G. Ravindra Chary, Director and Scientists from CRIDA, representatives from various Ministries and Departments also participated and provided inputs.

 

Hon'ble DG, ICAR highlighted the recognition for NICRA project at national and global level.  He further suggested to evolve institutional mechanism and strategies to expand translation of NICRA research and demonstration outcomes/outputs particularly with greater engagement with ministries/departments; and more interface with ICAR institutes; to strengthen seed and fodder production systems in the NICRA villages  for the next phase of NICRA.

 

Shri Bimbadhar Pradhan emphasized the importance of climate resilient agriculture towards doubling of farmers’ income and its relevance to climate change. Shri Sanjay Singh suggested that the project should address the problems faced by the farmers and advised to document the project outcomes and to share with stakeholders. DDGs of ICAR and officials from various ministries/departments provided many key inputs for next phase of NICRA.

 

Dr S Bhaskar presented the ATR on the previous HLMC, Dr G Ravindra Chary on the overview of NICRA followed by presentations by Dr M Prabhakar, PI-NICRA and Dr JVNS Prasad, Co-PI, NICRA. Major recommendations of the meeting include to establish linkages with other ministries and departments and focus on the emerging challenges and research gaps.


   
  
   
 




 

 
   
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