TIFAC 2nd Stakeholders Consultation Meeting at ICAR-NAARM

ICAR-NAARM holds TIFAC Stakeholders Consultation Meeting under Climate Resilient Agriculture
“Climate is the most important determinant of agriculture. If the monsoon is well distributed then production is good. If it is not then it leads to distress in agriculture although, technologies are available,” said Dr Himanshu Pathak, Chairman, of the Global Technology Watch Group (WTWG) under the Climate Change Programme of the Technology Information, Processing and Assessment Council (TIFAC), Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India during his introductory remarks at the 2nd Stakeholders Consultation Meeting at the ICAR-National Academy of Agricultural Research Management, Hyderabad on 13 and 14 July 2017. Dr Pathak who is also the Director of the ICAR-National Rice Research Institute, Cuttack, also said “Rainfall intensity has changed. We have more rain in less period of time without distribution. Although, we have technologies available, we have to minimize the effects of climate changes by adapting these technologies.”

Dr Ch. Srinivasa Rao, Director, ICAR-NAARM gave a background of the meeting and said that the Meeting of Stakeholders is being held across India so that policy and action plans can be formulated for implementation across India.

The objectives of this meeting were: Technology scouting and its prioritization in Indian context to support the Government and industry in accelerating actions that can help in the early adoption of climate friendly technologies in agriculture and allied sectors; and Assessment of technology needs in the adaptation and mitigation areas dealt by other National Missions on climate change under NAPCC particularly related to agriculture mission.

The 2nd Stakeholders Consultation Meeting had participants from ICAR Institutes, State Agricultural Universities, MANAGE, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), NIPHM, NABARD, the Seed Industry, Jain Irrigation, Agri-entrepreneurs and progressive farmers.

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