Zonal Review Workshop of NICRA KVKs of Maharashtra and Gujarat organized

PUNE: The ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Pune organized the “Zonal Review Workshop of National Innovations on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) KVKs of Maharashtra and Gujarat” at the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Ahmednagar recently.

Lakhan Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Pune emphasized on the need to scale-up proven resilient practices and document NICRA villages’ farmers’ success stories. He urged to make NICRA villages as models for the climate resilience, doubling farm incomes, small farm mechanization, and low cost agriculture and integrated farming systems.

JVNS Prasad, Coordinator, Technology Demonstration Component, ICAR-CRIDA, Hyderabad emphasized on the need for identifying proven resilient practices based on the performance of practices during the project period, the need for critical review of performance of village institutions.

RK Singh, Former Head, Division of Agricultural Extension, Chandra Sekhar Azad University of Agriculture and Technology, Kanpur stressed on the need for quantifying the impact of resilient practices vis-à-vis that of the farmers practice and with reference to the occurrence of climatic variability.

A review of three ‘Farmer FIRST’ centres (MPKV, Rahuri; JAU, Junagadh and NAU, Navsari) was also carried out.

The participants were also provided with exposure on silage making, rain water harvesting, using drip irrigation, low cost measure to know water stress in grapes, broad bed furrow, mulching in different crops, etc in rainfed areas during the field visit to the NICRA village – Pimpri Lokai.

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