International Training Program on “Rainwater Management for Climate Resilient Agriculture in Drylands” was organized from 15th February-7th March, 2018 at ICAR-Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture, Hyderabad. This program was organized under India–Africa forum Summit-III and sponsored by Ministry of External Affairs.
Dr.Anthony Whitbread, Research Program Director for Innovation Systems for the Drylands (ISD), ICRISAT, Hyderabad was the chief guest for valedictory function. Dr.Whitbread briefed about the ICRISAT programmes in African Countries and emphasized on the Agribusiness opportunities in African Countries.
Dr. K. Sammi Reddy, Director (Acting), ICAR-CRIDA, briefed the various rain water management technologies developed by ICAR- CRIDA. He stressed that as most of the participating countries have similar problems what India has, these technologies would very well fit in their countries for enhancing land and water productivity in their respective countries.
In this training broad areas covered were in-situ rainwater conservation, ex-situ rainwater harvesting and management, modern tools/ techniques/ models for rainwater management, crops/ agroforestry/ livistock/ fisheries management techniques for higher water productivity and socio-economic/ livelihood/ impact aspects of rainwater management. Exposure and field visits to ICRISAT, ICAR institutes, WALAMTARI, Telangana State centre of excellence on Horticulture, Fisheries, progressive farmers’ fields etc were made.
A compendium of training material was also released.
The executives (15) from Nigeria, Ethiopia and Malawi were participated in this training program.
(Source: ICAR-Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture, Hyderabad)