Proceedings of Review Workshop of National Initiative on Climate Resilient Agriculture (Technology Demonstration Component) held at Zonal Project Directorate, Kolkata
on Nov 21, 2014
The review workshop of National Initiative on Climate Resilient Agriculture (Technology Demonstration Component) was held at Zonal Project Directorate, Kolkata on 21.11.2014. The workshop was chaired by Dr A. K. Singh, Zonal Project Director, Zone II and attended by all the scientists of the Zonal Project Directorate, Kolkata, Dr P. Chatterjee, Former Programme Officer of the Zonal Project Directorate, Kolkata and all the Programme Coordinators-cum-Principal Investigators of NICRA implementing KVK of Zone II. The workshop started with welcome address by Dr F. H. Rahman, Senior Scientist of the directorate. One publication â€˜NICRA News – At a Glanceâ€™ prepared by Coochbehar KVK was released.
Dr. A. K. Singh while addressing the inaugural speech he presented a brief account of expectation from the KVKs of Zone II in implementing the project. Dr Singh showed his concern about the timely submission of AUC and reports from all the KVKs. He emphasized to take up new interventions model which have direct bearing with the climate change. He asked all the NICRA implementing KVKs to send success stories or case studies to ICAR News/ICAR Reporter regularly. Dr. Singh also emphasized that each KVK should have soil health card and for this every KVK should analyse at least 1000 number of soil samples. He made an announcement in the house that Gumla KVK has been selected for Best Performing NICRA-KVK 2014 of Zone II and he congratulated the Programme Coordinator of the KVK. He opined that other PCs/ of PIs should discuss with PC of Gumla KVK and to share experiences about the activities carried out by Gumla KVK.
Dr. P. P. Pal, Principal Scientist of the directorate in his brief speech mentioned that the activities under PPV&FRA and NIFTD should be conducted in their respective areas and also showed his concern for timely submission of reports to the KVKs who are also implementing PPV&FRA and NIFTD programme.
Dr. Manasi Chakraborty, SMS (Home Science), S 24 Parganas KVK gave a presentation on food and nutritional security while sharing her experiences during her exposure visit to Peru and Bolivia few days back.
Dr. F. H. Rahman made one presentation on the salient achievements of NICRA-KVKs during 2013-14 and he raised some issues pertaining to submission of quarterly performance report, statement of expenditure, audit utilization certificate etc. He also shared with the house about the Adaptation Fund under NICRA where successful interventions would be out scaled in other areas by adopting two more villages. In this regard, few KVKs have been selected KVKs (KVKs- Uttar Dinajpur, West Midnapore, Godda, Banka and Ranchi in place of Malda) for carrying out the activities under the Adaptation Fund of NICRA.
In the technical session all the Programme Coordinators/PIs of the KVKs have presented one by one their salient achievements during 2013-14 and the action plan for 2014-15.
Following points came out during the whole day workshop:
- NRM activities will be more during the coming months of 2014-15 in every KVK
- Success story of crocodile bund at Malda is to be documented
- HRD activities to be conducted more effectively
- One research paper on successful intervention of DSR is to prepared by Koderma KVK
- Organic mulching intervention to be carried out in large scale
- Azolla cultivation for soil application as well as animal feed may be promoted in more areas
- Plastic mulching in raised bed furrow method of cucumber cultivation conducted by Coochbehar KVK to be outscaled in more areas and one paper in this aspect is to be prepared and submit to the directorate within 10 days
- Activities conducted by Supaul and Jahanabd KVK are very less. More activities in NRM and crop production module need to be taken
- Nutrient status initially and finally to be analysed for any trial or demonstration particularly in nutrient management
- Data for any demonstration are to be quantified â€“ particularly in Buxar KVK all interventions should have quantified data
- Brown manuring and residual moisture demonstration by Buxar KVK are to be documented
- Every NICRA-KVK should have seed bank and fodder bank
- Convergence programme for cleaning of irrigation channels at Palamu is worthful â€“ a case study is to be prepared
- Lac cultivation at Palamu â€“ A success story is to be prepared and submit to the Directorate
- Minimum requirement of the fund as per the viable action plan is required to submit to the Directorate
- Breed upgradation by crossing BB Goat with Sirohi conducted by Jehanabad KVK should be stopped
- Village level weather station should be established at Jehanabad KVK as all other KVKs has already established the same
- Zero tillage in wheat, direct seeding and drum seeded of paddy at Aurangabad KVK are to be outscaled in more areas
- No animal and fisheries activities have been conducted by Aurangabad KVK so far – interventions in this module need to be undertaken
- Broad bed furrow method of cultivation at Port Blair is to be outscaled by making convergence with state government
- Huge number of NRM activities like creation of WHS have been undertaken at Gumla and Nawada KVKs â€“ among those the successful interventions are to be outscaled in some other areas
- Case studies on Use of WhatsApp messenger as ICT tool in pest & disease diagnosis and collaborative venture with Private Hospital for Brucellosis screening in dairy animals conducted by S 24 Parganas (Nimpith) KVK need to be documented
- The amount in VCRMC bank account of KVKs – Koderma, Buxar, Palamu, Chatra, Port Blair, and East singhbhum need to be increased
- Soil samples analyzing data from each KVK has to be submitted to the PC of Palamu KVK for preparation of soil health card
- The present status of the VCRMC Bank account of each KVK has to be submitted to the PC of Nimpith KVK
- One publication on the basis of successful technologies has to be brought out â€“ all the KVKs have to submit their 2/3 successful interventions to the Directorate
The workshop ends with Vote of Thanks proposed by Dr P.P. Pal