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XVII Working Group Meeting of AICRP for Dryland Agriculture (AICRPDA)

and VIII Annual Review Meeting of AICRPDA-NICRA organized

The ICAR-All India Coordinated Research Project for Dryland Agriculture (AICRPDA) organized its XVII Working Group Meeting and VIII Annual Review Meeting of AICRPDA-NICRA through video conferencing during 26-28 May, 2020.

Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Hon’ble Secretary (DARE) & DG (ICAR), the Chief Guest, Plenary Session appreciated the contributions of AICRPDA. DG, ICAR urged the scientists to work on diversification of rainfed farming through crop-tree-animal systems, dryland horticulture and agroforestry systems to improve the nutrient, water and energy use efficiencies. He also emphasized on the need to study the sustainability and carbon sequestration potential of different rainfed technologies, critically look into CA in rainfed agroecosystem, and conceptualize & initiate work to develop dynamic crop plans for the benefit of different stakeholders.

Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary, DARE & DG, ICAR addressing the participants

Dr. S.K. Chaudhari, DDG (NRM) emphasized to develop location-specific holistic models in agroecosystem approach for further demonstration and upscaling in the domain districts, to strengthenOFR for stabilizing production,validation of real-time contingency plans and the need to bring out policy briefs/papers on doable technologies and outputs of AICRPDA for their inclusion in national/state/district level policies and programmes.

Dr. S.K. Chaudhari, DDG (NRM) addressing the participants

Dr. S. Bhaskar, ADG (A, AF& CC) suggested to strengthen agro-ecology specific rainfed IFS modules for risk resilience and sustainability of rainfed agriculture, and validation of dynamic crop weather calendars at AICRPDA centres.Dr. G. Ravindra Chary, Director (A), ICAR-CRIDA and Project Coordinator, AICRPDA briefed about the project achievements, impact and contribution of the project towards rainfed agriculture development and policy at national/state level, and purpose of the meeting.

Dr. S. Bhaskar, ADG (A, AF & CC) addressing the participants

Dr. G. Ravindra Chary, Director (A), CRIDA & PC AICRPDA briefing the salient achievements of the project

Six publications were also released during the Inaugural Session.About 150 participants including scientists from CRIDA, AICRPDA, AICRPAM, Directors of Research from SAUs, officials from NRAA and other organizations attended the meeting.

















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