Annual Zonal Workshop of NICRA-TDC of ICAR-ATARI Kolkata and Patna

27-28 June, 2018, Kolkata

Annual Zonal Workshop of KVKs of Zone IV and V was jointly organized by ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute Kolkata and Patna during June 27-28, 2018 at West Bengal University of Animal and Fishery Sciences, Kolkata.

Dr.J. S. Samra, Former Deputy Director General (NRM), ICAR and former CEO, National Rainfed Area Authority, Government of India, New Delhi, in his inaugural addressemphasized upon ‘waste to wealth’ to produce bio-CNG from crop residues which is cheaper than the fossil fuels etc. Pollution due to ultra fine particles (PM 2.5) is more severe causing premature death and disability, he stated. He said crop residue burning is a serious threat in northern India and gradually increasing in eastern India.

Dr. S. S. Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI Kolkata 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. Anjani Kumar, Director, ICAR-ATARI Patna urged 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.

Dr. Md. Osman, Coordinator, NICRA-TDC, CRIDA, Hyderabad stressed upon up-scaling of low cost promising technologies to neighbouring villages and documentation of success stories. He also emphasized that development of different models of entrepreneurship with focus on custom hiring centres, seed bankand primary level of value addition.

Few publications likeEffect of heat stress on livestock and their remedies, Crop cultivation during flood through land management and MungkiKhetietc. were released during the workshop.

Dr. F. H. Rahman, Principal Scientist-cum- NICRA Nodal Officer, ICAR-ATARI Kolkatapresented the highlights of the salient achievements carried out by the 22 NICRA- KVKs of the Zone IV and Zone V.

In the technical session Heads of the KVKs presented salient achievements of out scaled technologies during the last six yearsand Action Plan of 2018-19.

In this program, all 22 KVKs from Andaman & Nicobar Islands (1), Bihar (07), Jharkhand (06), Odisha (05) and West Bengal (03) participated and presented their progress report and action plan.

Directors of Extension Education of SAUs of Zone IV and V, State Government representative and scientists from other ICAR Institute have also attended the workshop.

(Source: ICAR - Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Kolkata)