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 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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