Fourth AICRPDA-NICRA Annual Review Workshop Organized
The Fourth Annual review Workshop of All India Coordinated Research Project for Dryland Agriculture (AICRPDA)-National Innovations on Climate Resilient Agriculture(NICRA) was organized at AICRPDA centre, Kovilpatti, TNAU, Tamil Nadu during 3-6 May 2016. Dr. K. Ramasamy, Hon'ble Vice Chancellor, TNAU, Dr. M. Maheswaran, Director of Research, TNAU, Dr. G. Ravindra Chary, Project Coordinator (Dryland Research), scientists from 23 main and 8 ORP centres of AICRPDA, CRIDA and TNAU and farmers from NICRA village participated Dr. K. Ramasamy, Hon’ble VC, TNAU addressing the participants
During the inaugural session on 3rd May 2016, Dr. Ravindra Chary briefed that the aim of the workshop was to review the progress during 2015-16, impact of real-time contingency measures
Dr. G. Ravindra Chary, PC, AICRPDA briefing about the purpose of Workshop
during 2011-15 in 33 AICRPDA-NICRA adopted villages to cope with weather aberrations and finalize technical programme 2016-17. Dr. Maheswaran suggested to take up research on developing practices to address climate variability impacts on agriculture production.
During Plenary session, Chief Guest Dr. K. Ramasamy, VC, TNAU, emphasized that blend the traditional knowledge and modern science knowledge and tools to address the impacts of weather aberrations in Indian agriculture. He also appreciated the efforts of AICRPDA centres in demonstrating resilient practices on real-time basis on farmers' fields. The major recommendation of the workshop as to update and validate district agriculture contingency plans on real-time basis in 23 NICRA adopted villages in 15 states. The technical programme was finalized for 23 AICRPDA-NICRA centres. During the occasion 14 publications from Project Coordination Unit and centres of AICRPDA were released.Three Best Dryland Farmers from NICRA village in Thoothukkudi district were felicitated
Release of publications by Dr K. Ramasamy, Hon’ble VC, TNAU
Feliciating the Best farmers
The participants visited on-farm demonstrations on farm pond and agri-hori systems in Thoothureddipatti, NICRA adopted village Kovilaptti centre also participated in farmers-scientists interaction. On 6th May 2016, the participants visited on-station demonstrations on dry sowing of paddy and other doable rainfed practices at KVK, Nagercoil district.
Farmers–scientists interaction in NICRA village
Participants interaction at KVK, Nagercoil