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XXVI Biennial Workshop of ​AICRP for Dryland Agriculture organized

The XXVI Biennial Workshop of All India Coordinated Research Project for Dryland Agriculture (AICRPDA), ICAR-CRIDA was organized at AICRPDA centre, Bengaluru, University of Agricultural Sciences (UASB), Karnataka during 16-19 January 2019 with the main objective to critically review the progress at centres and finalize technical programme for 2019-20. Shri Ashok Dalwai, IAS, CEO, National Rainfed Area Authority (NRAA), Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Govt. of India was the chief guest and Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, UASB presided over the inaugural. The other dignitaries present on the occasion include Dr. S. Bhaskar, ADG (Agronomy, Agroforestry & Climate Change), NRM Division, ICAR, Dr. G. Ravindra Chary, Director (Acting), ICAR-CRIDA & Project Coordinator (AICRPDA), Dr. Y.G. Shadakshari, Director of Research, UASB, Dr. M.S. Mataraju, Director of Extension, UASB, Dr. B. Venkateswarlu, Former Vice Chancellor, VNMKV, Dr. K.P.R. Vittal, Former Director, ICAR-NIAM, Dr. P.K. Mishra, Former Director, ICAR-IISWC, Dehradun, Dr. M.J. Chandre Gowda, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Zone-XI, Dr. P.K. Mahapatra, Former Member, RAC, ICAR-CRIDA, Dr. C.R. Mehta, PC, AICRP-FIM, Dr. Prakash Patil, PC, AICRP-Fruits, Dr. T. Yellamanda Reddy, Former Director of Research, ANGRAU, Dr. M.A. Shankar, Former Director of Research, UASB, Dr. B. Rath, Technical Expert (WM), NRAA, scientists from PC Unit, AICRPDA, ICAR-CRIDA, AICRPDA centres (19 Main, 3 Sub and 9 Voluntary centres) and UASB and most importantly, the farmers from various states.

Shri Ashok Dalwai in his address appreciated the efforts of AICRPDA in developing rainfed technologies, which are integrated and implemented through convergence of various national/state agriculture/rural /tribal development programmes in the country. Shri Dalwai highlighted that sustainability, climate change and nutritional security are the three emerging challenges which need immediate attention of researchers and policy makers to make rainfed agriculture sustainable and prfitable. He also suggested the scientists to identify and promote non-food crops for higher profitability of rainfed farming systems.

Shri Ashok Dalwai, IAS, CEO, National Rainfed Area Authority addressing the participants Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, UASB delivering presidential address


Dr. Rajendra Prasad emphasized the need for run-off harvesting and efficient utilization for higher productivity, profitability and sustainability of rainfed agriculture. Dr. Bhaskar while appreciating the efforts of AICRPDA highlighted the need to move from subsistence to commercialization without compromising on sustainability and urged to strengthen agro-ecology specific rainfed integrated farming systems for risk resilience and sustainability. Earlier, Dr. Ravindra Chary highlighted the landmark contribution of AICRPDA to Indian agriculture, prioritization of research in AICRPDA in tune with emerging challenges in rainfed agriculture, and purpose of the workshop. Dr. Shadakshari, Director of Research welcomed the gathering and Dr. Mudalagiriyappa, Chief Scientist, AICRPDA centre, Bengaluru proposed vote of thanks.

Dr. S. Bhaskar, ADG (A, AF & CC) addressing the participants Dr. G. Ravindra Chary, Director, CRIDA &   PC (AICRPDA) briefing the purpose of the workshop

On the occasion, Shri Ashok Dalwai and dignitaries felicitated 9 best dryalnd farmers from various states for their efforts in adoption and popularizing the improved rainfed technologies; 57 publications by PC unit, AICRPDA and AICRPDA centres were released. An exhibition was organized highlighting the doable technologies from AICRPDA centre, Bengaluru, other AICRPs/Departments/ KVKs in UASB for the benefit of farmers from various states and other stakeholders involved in rainfed agriculture research and development.

Release of publications by the dignitaries Presentation of ‘Most Responsive Centre’ certificate to AICRPDA centre, Bengaluru


‘Best Dryland Farmer’ awarded to Shri. S. Ramamoorthi, Dharmathampatti village, Thoothukudi district ‘Best Dryland Farmer’ awardees with dignitaries


The participants also visited on-station experiments at Bengaluru and on-farm trials/demonstrations under AICRPDA-NICRA in Chikkamaranahalli village, Bengaluru Rural district of Karnataka.This was followed by two special sessions on Prioritization of Rainfed Areas, and Rainfed Integrated Farming Systems (RIFS) Research; and four technical sessions during 16-19 January 2019 on review of progress of research and finalization of technical programme of 31 centres, strengthening rainwater management research and collaborative programme of AICRPDA-AICRPAM. The major recommendations of the workshop include: strengthen on-farm participatory research on RIFS with focus on efficient resource flow between farm enterprises and minimum integration as a risk mitigation tool, identified common centres of AICRP on Farm Implements and Machinery and AICRPDA for on-farm evaluation of farm implements and capacity building.


Visit  of participants to Chikkamaranahalli village, Bengaluru Rural district and  interaction with farmers




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