XV Working Group Meeting of AICRPDA held at Biswanath Chariali, Assam
The XV Working Group Meeting of All India Coordinated Research Project for Dryland Agriculture (AICRPDA), CRIDA, was held at AICRPDA centre, Biswanath Chariali, Assam Agriculture University during 24-27 December 2015. Dr.K.M.Bujarbaruah, Hon'ble Vice Chancellor, AAU, Dr.Ch.Srinivasa Rao, Director, CRIDA, Dr.G.N.Hazarika, Director of Research, AAU, Dr. D.K.Borah, Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, AAU, Dr.S.K.Sharma, Director, Central Research Institute for Arid Horticulture, Dr.J.J.R. Narware, Director, FMTTI, NEH Region, Dr.G.Ravindra Chary, Project Coordinator (Dryland Research), Dr. Basant Kandpal, Principal Scientist, NRM Division, ICAR, Dr.T.C. Baruah, Associate Dean, BN College of Agriculture, scientists from Tejpur University, AAU, AICPRs, CRIDA and 30 main/sub/ORP centres of AICRPDA network participated.
During Inaugural Session, Dr.Bujarbaruah, in his presidential address, appreciated the achievements made in research across AICRPDA network and also the impact of the project in upscaling doable rainfed technologies in rained regions. He suggested there is need to bring out policy briefs in various thematic areas to address emerging issues in rainfed agriculture, particularly in view of impending impacts of climate variability. Dr.Srinivasa Rao highlighted that technologies developed across AICRPDA are integrated into various state and national programmes such as Dryland farming missions, National Mission on Sustainable Agriculture and implementing implementation of contingency plans on real-time basis.
Dr.Hazarika, gave an overview o rained agriculture research in AAU and also highlighted the progress under various AICRPs in AAU. Dr.SK.Sharma emphasized the need to strengthen agroforesrtry research for higher land productivity in rainfed agriculture. Dr. Ravindra Chary briefed about the purpose of the meeting and an overview of progress of research in AICRPDA network. The best dryland farmer awards were given to 7 farmers from the domain districts including AICRPDA-NICRA and AICRPDA-TSP adopted villages On the occasion, 22 publications from AICRPDA centres and PC unit, AICRPDA, were released. Dr. Barua welcomed the gathering and Dr. P.K. Sarmah, Chief Scientist, AICRPDA centre, Biswanath Chariali proposed vote of thanks.
This was followed by technical sessions during 24-26 December 2015 on progress of research and strengthening technical programme in the thematic areas of rainwater management, cropping systems, nutrient management, energy management, farm mechanization, crop improvement and technology assessment/refinement and upscaling. The recommendations of the meeting include: strengthening research on packaging location-specific rainwater harvesting technology, foliar sprays for balanced nutrition/ to mitigate dry spells, strip-intercropping, double cropping integrating with moisture conservation and mechanization and validation of contingency planning, alternate land use research with compatible multipurpose/fruit crops perennials and annual and also characterization of traditional farming systems for strengthening IFS research in collaboration with AICRP-AF and AICRP-IFS, respectively, evaluation of multipurpose-multi crop implement for energy use efficiency and cost effectiveness, evaluation of varieties/hybrids for higher moisture/nutrient use efficiency with multiplication research within AICRPDA network and strengthening technology refinement in a microwatershed mode in ORPs and technology upscalinig convergence mode.
The participants also visited on-station experiments at Biswanath Chariali and on-farm trials/demonstrations under AICRPDA- NICRA in Chamua village, Sonitpur district of Assam.