28th July, 2019, Jabalpur
The ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Jabalpur organized a Special Session on “Policy Support for Bundelkhand Development Strategy” today during the 26th Zonal Workshop of Krishi Vigyan Kendras.
The Chief Guest, Shri V.D. Sharma, Member of Parliament, Khajuraho highlighted the issue of migration from Bundelkhand. He also opined for establishing the micro-industries based on value-addition and processing manages by the SHG and FPOs.
Shri R.K. Patel, Member of Parliament, Banda stated about the livelihood of the farmers in the region, that is based on the synergy among the land, water, animal and forests. He also highlighted the significant loss to the environment created by the imbalance due to intervention of human beings.
Smt. Archana Chitnis, Former Minister, Women and Child Development, Government of Madhya Pradesh stressed on having the concentrated efforts on water conservation by the involvement of community participation.
Dr. Brij Gopal, President, National Institute of Ecology, Jaipur emphasized on the adoption of the water centric approaches for agriculture in the Bundelkhand region. He also stressed on the need for rejuvenating the Chandel era ponds and removing the encroachments in the catchment river basin area for the ground water recharge in the Bundelkhand region.
Dr. A.K. Singh, Deputy Director General, ICAR, New Delhi; Dr. P.K. Bisen, Vice-Chancellor, Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya, Jabalpur; Dr. S.K. Rao, Vice-Chancellor, Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya, Madhya Pradesh; Dr. D.K. Marothia, Member, State Planning Commission, Chhattisgarh and Shri Abhay Mahajan, Organizing Secretary, Deendayal Research Institute, Chitrakoot were also present during the occasion.
Earlier, Dr. Anupam Mishra, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Jabalpur briefed about the rationale behind the workshop.
The various deliberations on developing the agriculture in the Bundelkhand region with water centric approach, promotion of Agro-forestry based cropping system with focus on low water requirement crops and incorporation of minor millets, etc., were held during the workshop.
A total of 65 participants including the ICAR; TFRI, Jabalpur and SAU Officials, representatives from NGO and Progressive Farmers participated in the workshop.
(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Jabalpur)