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Annual Zonal Review Workshop of NICRA (National Innovations in Climate Resilient Agriculture) Project for the KVKs of Uttar Pradesh was organized from 12th to 14th May 2023 at ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute (ATARI), Zone-III, Kanpur. In this workshop, the achievements of last year (2022) and action plans for 2023 of 17 Krishi Vigyan Kendras of NICRA project were presented and discussed.
The workshop was formally inaugurated by the Chief Guest, Honorable MP Akbarpur and Member of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Food Processing, Shri. Devendra Singh 'Bhole' Ji. In his inaugural address, the Honorable Chief Guest said that climate change is the biggest challenge which needs to be focused. He expressed serious concern about the impacts of climate change and emphasized the need for concerted efforts. He stressed the need for identification and dissemination of technologies to farmers, building capacities of farmers for effectively minimizing the impact of climate change.
The guests of honor on the occasion were Dr. Vinod Kumar Singh, Director, ICAR - Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture (CRIDA), Hyderabad and Dr. Ranjay Kumar Singh, ADG (AE), ICAR- New Delhi, Dr. B. Gangwar, Chairman-Zonal Monitoring Committee (ZMC)-NICRA and Dr. Masood Ali, Member, ZMC-NICRA. Several suggestions were made to make NICRA project more meaningful, farmer centric and for minimizing the climatic vulnerability at the village level.
Dr. S.K. Dubey, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Kanpur welcomed all the dignitaries. Head of 17 NICRA KVKs, farmers (40) also participated in the workshop and shared their experiences. On this occasion, participating farmers (8) were felicitated by the honorable chief guest for their active role in effectively utilizing the established custom hiring centers (CHC) and Village climate risk management committee (VCRMC). Director Extensions of SAUs of Uttar Pradesh Dr. A.P. Rao, Dr. N.K. Bajpai, Dr. P.K. Singh, Dr. R.K. Yadav, Dr. JVNS Prasad - Coordinator-NICRA and Principal Scientist of ATARI Kanpur Dr. S.K. Singh, Dr. Sadhna Pandey and Dr. Raghwendra Singh were present and contributed. District-wise achievements of KVKs were thoroughly reviewed. The ZMC visited NICRA village of Hamirpur district, on 14th May, 2023.
(Source: ICAR-CRIDA, Hyderabad)