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Seven-day training programme on "Enhancing Resilience to Climate Stress in Hill Agriculture under Climate Change" organized under NICRA .



14th-21st March, 2022 at ICAR RC NEH, Umiam, Meghalaya


The ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam, Meghalaya organized a seven dayTraining Programme onEnhancing Resilience to Climate Stress in Hill Agriculture under Climate Change"organized under NICRA (HRD component) from 14th-21st March, 2022. A total of thirty three numbers (33 nos.) of participants comprising mostly research staff from Nagaland University, Tezpur University, Guwhati University, Madras University, NEHU Shillong and Research staff and technical officers from ICAR RC NEH, Umiam have undergone the above training.


Inaugurating the programme on 14th March, 2022, Dr. S. K Das, Director In-charge of the Institute emphasized the importance on imminent climatic vulnerabilities and urgent need of enhancing climate resiliency to the hill ecosystem apparent in the Northeastern Himalayan Region (NER). Participants were sensitized to the severity of the occurrence of various emergent biotic and abiotic stresses and their appropriate management strategies for mountain agriculture by various experts.Field exposure visit followed by a series of talks and hand-on exercise in the Institute research facilities including FATE and CTGCs, Plant growth chamber, GC for GHGs emission, TOC for carbon studies, photosynthetic system and other physiological tools were imparted. 


In addition to the in-house scientists, five (05) eminent climate change research experts were invited as guest speakers outside the Institute. Dr Praveen Rahi, Scientist (Microbiology) at NCCS-NCMR in Pune, gave a presentation on "Role of Microbes for enhancing climatic stress resilience and their management".Dr Senthilkumar Muthappa, Scientist-V at CSIR-NIPGR, New Delhi bespoke on “Combined abiotic and biotic stresses in field crops and their characterization and management”. Since quality seeds have become an important part of resilience to climate stress, Professor Dr Nethra Nagarajappa from UAS, Bangalore, explained about "Seed Quality enhancement Techniques under stressful conditions of changing climate".  A leading expert in the field of photosynthesis, Dr James Jacob, former director of the Rubber Research Institute of India (Kerala)illuminated on 'Photosynthetic efficiency and changes under climate change'.In addition, Dr Neha Chuarasia, Adjunct Professor (Biotechnology) in the Department of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, NEHU, Shillong, apprised on “Climatic stress management: application of Biotechnology”.


During valedictory, Director of the institute, Dr V K Mishra underlined the need to improve soil and environmental health for future generations, while maintaining the productivity of sensitive hill ecosystems. This seven day training programme was organized by a group of scientists working under NICRA viz., Dr Krishnappa R, Dr. B.U. Choudhury, Mrs. M. Prabha Devi, Dr Bijoya Bhattacharjee, Dr Jayanta Layek, Dr Amit Kumar and Dr C. Aochen


                                                      Hand on exercise to abiotic stress management under open and controlled conditions.
      Valedictory function presided overby the Director of ICAR NEH, Umiam Dr. V.K.Mishra on 21stMarch, 2022 at DNB hall of ICAR RC for NEH,                                                                                                           Meghalaya



A seven day training programme on “Climatic and Edaphic stress management under a changing climate scenario in Hill Agriculture- Applications of high throughput instruments" under NICRA organized.


3-9 March, 2022, Umiam, Meghalaya


The ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam, Meghalaya organized the Training Programme on “Climatic and Edaphic stress management under a changing climate scenario in Hill Agriculture- Applications of high throughput instruments” from 3rd to 9th March, 2022. The program was organized as part of the HRD stream of National Innovations in Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) project. A total of thirty numbers (30 nos.) of participants comprising mostly Research and Scientific Officers, Assistant Director of Agriculture, and SMSs, from different state departments and KVKs of Meghalaya Government successfully participated in the programme.


Inaugurating the programme, Dr. V. K. Mishra, Director of the Institute stressed the vulnerability of mountain agriculture to climate change and the importance of developing climate-resilient hill agriculture, especially for the NEH region. The trainees were sensitized about the climate change induced multiple climatic and edaphic stresses in hill agriculture and their management strategies. Exposure visit to climate change research facilities created under NICRA in the Institute, including state of the art facilities (FATE and CTGCs) followed by hand on exercise in the techniques of detection of such stresses through advanced tools/equipment was imparted. In addition, few important issues related to climate change covered in the weeklong training were study of carbon footprint,applications of geospatial tools in stress detection in soils and plants, GHG emission from crops and livestock and mitigation strategies, plant disease detection and next-generation management under changing climate scenarios, plant breeding approaches for developing climate resilient crops, etc.Besides, climate resilient adaptation strategies developed by the Institute under NICRA in hill agriculture and allied sectors including livestock were shared in a series of interaction with the concerned expert scientists working in the field under NICRA project.  The training programme was organized by a group of scientists working in NICRA (Mrs. M. Prabha Devi, Dr. B.U. Choudhury, Dr. Krishnappa R, Dr. A. Balusamy, and Dr. Pampi Paul).


                                           Inagruationby Dr. V.K.Mishra (Director) on 3rd March, 2022 at ICAR RC for NEH, Meghalaya


                                                                                Exposure visit to CTGCs facilities in NICRA fields  
                                                                                 Hand-on exercise to climate resilient technologies



 High Level Monitoring Committee meeting of NICRA Project organized


The 13thHigh Level Monitoring Committee (HLMC) meeting of National Innovations in Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) project was held through virtual mode on 3rdSeptember 2021.  Dr T Mohapatra, Secretary, DARE & Director General, ICAR chaired the meeting.  Dr SK Chaudhari, DDG (NRM & AE) welcomed the participants. Shri Sanjiv Kumar, Financial Advisor (DARE);Shri Sanjay Garg, Additional Secretary (DARE) & Secretary (ICAR);Shri Charanjit Singh, Joint Secretary, Rural Livelihoods, MoRD; Shri Govind Sharma, Director (Finance), ICAR; Dr TR Sharma, DDG (CS); Dr JK Jena, DDG (Fisheries); Dr BN Tripathi, DDG (AS); Dr RC Agrawal, DDG (Agril. Edn.); Shri Praveen Malik,Animal Husbandry Commissioner (DAHD), Dr SaurabhUpadhyay,MoEF&CC; Dr Debapriya Dutta, DST; Dr KK Singh, IMD; Dr B Venkateswarlu, Member, NICRA Expert Committee and other officials from various ministries and departments, Dr S Bhaskar, ADG (AAF&CC); Dr Adlul Islam, ADG (SWM); Dr Vikramaditya Pandey, ADG (HS); Dr KK Singh, ADG (Agril. Engg.); Dr VisheshSaxena, ADG (AS); Dr VP Chahal, ADG (Agril. Extn.); Shri Manda Verma, Assistant Commissioner(NRM); Dr VK Singh, Director (CRIDA), and Scientists from CRIDA, representatives from various Ministries and Departments also participated and provided inputs.


Hon’ble DG, ICAR appreciated the progress of the project and the recognition for NICRA project at both national and global level. He stressed on documentation of state-specific climate resilient technologies for their inclusion in NMSA and state action plans. He emphasized to assess the impact of Technology Demonstration Component on socio-economic status of the farmers in the adopted villages.  He further suggested to develop concrete action plans for ensuring sufficient fodder availability in the adopted villages.


Shri Sanjiv Kumar emphasized that the climate resilient village models established in 151 vulnerable districts have paved way for formulating and implementing similar projects in some states including Maharashtra. Shri Sanjay Garg stressed that the CRV models should be expanded to other parts of the country in convergence with relevant schemes, organizations and departments at both centre and state level.DDGs and ADGs of ICAR and officials from various ministries/departments provided many key inputs for further strengthening of NICRA program.


Dr S Bhaskar presented the ATR on the previous HLMC, Dr VK Singh presented a brief overview of NICRA followed by presentations by Dr M Prabhakar, PI-NICRA and JVNS Prasad, Co-PI, NICRA. Major recommendations of the meeting include: develop comprehensive drought proofing action plans for drought-prone districts, assess the impact of technology demonstration on socio-economic status of the farmers in adopted villages, document the lessons learnt from validation of contingency plans, assess the impact of custom hiring centres on drudgery reduction and farmers’ income particularly in eastern and NE India, provide technical support to DST for establishment of Community Resilience Resource Centres in the country.




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