Zonal Level Review Workshop of NICRA-TDC of ICAR-ATARI Kolkata held at Kalimpong on December 15-16, 2016
The Zonal Level Review Workshop of National Innovations on Climate Resilient Agriculture (Technology Demonstration Component) of ICAR-ATARI Kolkata was held at Darjeeling KVK Kalimpong on December 15-16, 2016. The workshop was chaired by Dr. Chirantan Chattopadhyay, Vice Chancellor, Uttar Banga Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Coochbehar, Co-Chaired by Dr. Ch. Srinivasa Rao, Director ICAR-CRIDA, Hyderabad and Dr. S. K. Roy, Director, ICAR-ATARI Kolkata. The workshop was attended by Dr. Md. Osman, NICRA-TDC Cooridinator, CRIDA, Hyderabad, Dr. H. Bhattacharya, Director of Extension Education, UBKV, Coochbehar, Dr. S. Chakraborty, Professor Incharge, RRS-UBKV Kalimpong,, Dr. F. H. Rahman, Principal Scientist-cum- NICRA Nodal Officer, ICAR-ATARI Kolkata, Scientists Incharge of IARI-Regional Station at Kalimpong, CISH-Regional Station at Malda, and all the Programme Coordinators of NICRA implementing KVKs of Zone II.
One CD on ‘Success Story of NICRA Project of KVK Chatra” published by Birsa Agricultural University was released during the workshop.
The workshop started with welcome address by Dr. F. H. Rahman, Principal Scientist-cum- NICRA Nodal Officer, ICAR-ATARI Kolkata. In his welcome address Dr. Rahman presented the highlights of the salient achievements carried out by the 17 NICRA- KVKs of the zone.
Dr. S. K. Roy, ATARI Director while addressing his speech he asked all the NICRA-KVKs to prepare case studies/success stories based on the most successful and scalable technologies and those should be replicated in nearby areas. He mentioned that the intervention under NICRA should read vulnerability with existing cropping practices and preventing this vulnerability through NICRA intervention is to be a priority.
Dr. Ch. Srinivasa Rao, Director CRIDA, Hyderabad showed his satisfaction on the performances of KVKs’ activities. He mentioned that the KVKs should focus on details of district on climate resilient information. He remarked that some of the presentations were excellent and few of them need improvement which should focus only on climate resilient activities. He emphasized that the successful technologies should be transferred from one KVK area to other areas of KVKs involving other stakeholders. He further mentioned that performance of NICRA activities would be evaluated and as per the report the project may be extended further.
Dr. Chirantan Chattopadhyay, Vice Chancellor, Uttar Banga Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Coochbehar, while addressing the inaugural speech he mentioned that the intervention under NICRA should read vulnerability with existing cropping practices and preventing this vulnerability through NICRA intervention is to be a priority. He spoke about the climatic issues exists in Darjeeling district and problems of water crisis are being faced by the people there. Dr Chattopadhyay proposed to include Darjeeling KVK in the NICRA-TDC programme in the coming years.
Dr. Md. Osman, Coordinator, NICRA-TDC, CRIDA, Hyderabad informed the overall performance of NICRA KVKs of this Zone is quite good. He emphasized that intervention should be taken on farmers’ field based on the variability of environmental condition and extent of climatic variability should be available in each of the NICRA-KVK.
In the technical session all the Programme Coordinators/PIs of the KVKs have presented one by one their salient achievements of out scaled technologies during the last five years.
The workshop ended with vote of thanks proposed by Dr F. H. Rahman, Pr. Scientist-cum- NICRA Nodal Officer, ICAR-ATARI Kolkata.