22nd March, 2021
To raise awareness about the global water crisis and a core focus of the observance to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) - 6 that aims at providing water and sanitation for all by 2030, every year the 22nd March is celebrated as the “World Water Day” all over the globe.
The ICAR along with its Institutes pan India celebrated the “World Water Day - 2021” on this year’s theme - “Valuing Water” with full fervor.
ICAR-National Academy of Agricultural Research Management, Hyderabad
The Academy organized a wide array of different events like Farmers’ visit to Technology Demonstration, Essay Competition for Staff and Drawing Competition for Students emphasizing the value of water to mark the celebrations of the “World Water Day - 2021”.
The Chief Guest, Dr. D. Raji Reddy, Former Director of Extension, PJTSAU, Hyderabad elaborated the various methods of water conservation and need for crop diversification towards oilseed or pulse crop in place of paddy cultivation.
Dr. Ch. Srinivasa Rao, Director, ICAR-NAARM, Hyderabad emphasized on the value of water in the Rainfed agriculture. He also stressed on the need for policy initiatives for crop planning based on available water resources and economic maximization for the farmers.
ICAR-Indian Institute of Rice Research, Hyderabad
The Institute organized a Webinar on “Value of Water for Agriculture with reference to Rice Cultivation”.
The Key Speaker, Prof. V. Praveen Rao, Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University, Telangana outlined the major issues concerning water management with reference to agriculture and suggested the possible future strategies to improve water productivity and water use efficiency in rice crops.
Dr. D. Subrahmanyam, Director, ICAR-IIRR, Hyderabad highlighted the significance of celebrating the World Water Day.
More than 150 participants including scientists from the different ICAR Institutes, AICRIP Co-operators, Students and Staff Members from the PJTSAU, Telangana also virtually participated in the webinar.
ICAR-Indian Institute of Natural Resins & Gums, Ranchi, Jharkhand
The Institute organized a Field Day-cum-Awareness Programme at Mangubandh Village, Ranchi, Jharkhand.
The farmers were apprised about the importance of water in life and agriculture during the occasion. They were also provided with the information on water harvesting and its importance, rooftop rain-water harvesting and advanced water-saving technology, particularly, the drip irrigation systems.
Around 40 farmers participated in the programme.
ICAR-Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
The Institute organized a Workshop on “Valuing of water for Life” along with a Quiz Competition for the College Students.
In his inaugural address, the Chief Guest, Shri Hemant Kumar Panda, Director, Soil Conservation and Watershed Development, Government of Odisha emphasized on the global water crisis and focused for implementation of conservation measures including rainwater harvesting, rooftop water harvesting, integrated farming system for doubling or multiplying the farmers’ yield and income.
Dr. Saroj Kumar Swain, Director, ICAR-CIFA, Bhubaneswar, Odisha outlined the current water scarcity. He also stressed on the need-based technologies for conservation of water and reduction of wastage of water.
More than 100 participants including farmers, scientists, extension officials and students from the various Institutions and villages attended the programme.
Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Ri-Bhoi, Umiam, Meghalaya
The KVK organized a World Water Day-cum-Training Programme on “Water Use Efficiency and Appropriate Crops” on the theme “Valuing Water” to mark the importance of water for life and create awareness about the global water crisis.
The Chief Guest, Dr. K.K Sharma, Scientist (SG) NESAC, Barapani accentuated on the status and management of water resources through the application of GEO-Spatial Tools, microwave data, etc.
Dr. V.K. Mishra, Director, ICAR-Research Complex for North-Eastern Hills Region, Umiam, Meghalaya emphasized on the importance of Under Ground Transfer of Floods for Irrigation (UTFI), water conservation system, promotion of micro-irrigation system through rain water harvesting system and to use water judiciously to promote the Motto: Per crop More drop.
Earlier, in his welcome address, Dr. B.U. Choudhury, Nodal Officer, KVKs, ICAR, Umiam, Meghalaya highlighted the achievement of the micro-irrigation structure “Jalkund”.
The farmers and the staff members of the KVK participated in the event.
ICAR-Indian Institute of Soil & Water Conservation, Dehradun, Uttarakhand
The Institute organized a Kisan Goshthi at the Village Kalimati, Raipur Block, Dehradun, Uttarakhand to create awareness on “Valuing Water”.
The farmers and farm women from the Village Kalimati and the surrounding Villages of Badasi, Bhopalpani, Soda Saroli also participated in the programme.
The Village Pradhans from Kalimati, Bhopalpani and Paw Wala Soda also shared their experiences of managing water resources with the help of the Institute.
ICAR-Indian Institute of Soil Science, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
The Institute organized a Programme on “Valuing Water Campaign” in the village Raipur, Bhopal District, Madhya Pradesh to mark the celebrations of the “World Water Day - 2021”.
In her address, the Chief Guest, Smt. T.S. Raji Gain, Chief General Manager, NABARD, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh urged for the sustained efforts in conserving water in a scientific way and the role of watershed development projects. She also highlighted the NABARD’s role in agriculture and the value of water in agriculture and rural development. Smt. Gain emphasized on the importance of soil and water conservation and afforestation in the tribal areas.
Dr. Ashok K. Patra, Director, ICAR-IISS, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh emphasized on the need of water for all the plants and animals on the earth to survive. He also accentuated on the need for awareness on the use of water more efficiently.
Around 200 farmers and students participated in the Farmers’-Scientists’ Interaction Meet organized in the Village Raipur, District Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh with the objective of creating awareness on valuing water among the farming communities.
ICAR-Indian Institute of Natural Resins & Gums, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Khunti
The KVK celebrated the World Water Day at the Village Limda, Karra Block, Khunti District on the theme “श्रमदान से बोरी बांध निर्माण’ (Construction of Bori Bandh by Shramdan)”.
The Chief Guest, Shri Shashi Ranjan, DC, Khunti urged the farmers to construct “Bori Bandhs” to save the water for a secured future.
Around 10 “Bori Bandhs” were prepared by the peoples’ participation in Limda Panchayat.
The programme was jointly organized by the KVK Khunti of ICAR-IINRG, State Administration and Seva Welfare Society, Gram Sabha, Limda.
Around 257 farmers, farm women, Officials of the State Government and ICAR participated in the programme.
ICAR-Directorate of Poultry Research, Hyderabad
In his inaugural address, the Chief Guest, Dr. V. Ravindra Reddy, Vice-Chancellor, P.V. Narsimha Rao Telangana Veterinary University, Hyderabad highlighted the importance of water in the poultry sector among the dignitaries and members of Andhra Pradesh (Hyderabad) Chapter of the Indian Poultry Science Association (IPSA).
A total of 50 participants from the Directorate; Faculty Members of PVNRTVU, Hyderabad; Research Scholars and Students participated in the programme.
ICAR-Indian Institute of Millets Research, Hyderabad
The Institute celebrated the “World Water Day - 2021” in the adopted Village - Pampad in Raikode Mandal of Sangareddy District, Telangana State under the Farmers’ FIRST Project.
A total of 100 farmers including farm women, students and teachers of Zilla Parishad School, Project Staff of ICAR-IIMR, Hyderabad along with the other participants from the various parts of the state participated in the event.
ICAR-Vivekananda Parvatiya Krishi Anusandhan Sansthan, Almora, Uttarakhand
In his Lecture on “Role of Institute on water management in hills agriculture”, Dr. Lakshmi Kant, Director, ICAR-VPKAS, Almora, Uttarakhand highlighted the importance of watershed management for enhancing the farmer’s income.
More than 150 participants including farmers, scientists, subject matter specialists, extension officials and 35 students of Government Inter College, Hawalbagh, Almora, Uttarakhand participated in the event.
ICAR-Indian Institute of Pulses Research, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh
Dr. Sunil Kumar Ambast, Joint Director (Education), ICAR-National Institute of Biotic Stress Management, Raipur, Chhattisgarh & Former Director, ICAR-IIWM, Bhubaneswar, Odisha marked his presence as the Chief Guest of the occasion. He emphasized on the different aspects of water acquisition, conservation & storage and utilization. Dr. Ambast urged for making all round efforts on recharge of ground water, efficient storage in water reservoirs, raising efficiency in water utilization, safe disposal/recycle of used water keeping in view the continuing stress in water availability.
Earlier, in his welcome address, Dr. N.P. Singh, Director, ICAR-Indian Institute of Pulses Research, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh stressed on the importance of water in daily life. He emphasized that the value of water is about much more than its price - water has enormous and complex value for the households, food, culture, health, education, economics and the integrity of the natural environment.
Around 300 persons belonging to ICAR-IIPR family including 50 farmers participated in the function.
(Source: Respective ICAR Institutes)