State Level Interface Meeting on "Enhancing the Preparedness for Agriculture Contingency in Kharif-2019 season organized for West Bengal and Odisha"

5th and 10th July, 2019, West Bengal & Odisha

The ICAR-Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture, NRM Division organized the “State Level Interface Meetings on Enhancing the Preparedness for Agriculture Contingencies during Kharif - 2019" for West Bengal and Odisha at Kolkata and Bhubaneswar on 5th and 10th July, 2019, respectively.

West Bengal

State Level Interface Meeting on "Enhancing the Preparedness for Agriculture Contingency in Kharif-2019 season organized for West Bengal and Odisha"The state level meeting held at NABANNA, Kolkata on 5th July, 2019, and was chaired by Shri Rajesh Sinha, Principal Secretary, Government of West Bengal.

Dr. G. Ravindra Chary, Director (Acting), ICAR-CRIDA; Dr. Nirmai Chandra Pan, Director (Acting), ICAR-NINFET; Dr. K.V. Rao, ICAR-CRIDA; Smt. Madhumita Chaudhary, Additional Secretary, West Bengal; Shri Sampad Ranjan Patra, Director, Agriculture; Representatives of ICAR Institutes, District Level Officials from different Districts of West Bengal attended the meeting.

The reports on rainfall forecast for the Kharif - 2019 and the month-wise distribution for the state and probable rainfall - 2019, weekly probable rainfalls for the next four weeks, etc., were shared with the State representatives. The deficient to scanty rainfall received during the month of June - 2019 across all the Districts was also recorded.

The possible effects of deficient rainfall on planting of rice, jute crop and inland fisheries were discussed during the meeting. The District level officials presented the progress of seed bed nurseries, planting of rice crop, deficient rainfall impact on jute crop for retting, etc.

Recommendations:

  • The Water Conservation Campaign to be taken up in all the Districts with field functionaries and all stakeholders.
  • The necessary material on water conservation technologies to be developed and distributed.
  • The water harvesting and reuse to be the major task to be taken up in the state as total rainfall received is more than water requirement of crops grown.
  • The seedbed nurseries and planting of rice to be taken up with expected favorable conditions of rainfall.
  • The individual farmer-oriented farm ponds to be made essential for jute growing farmers.
  • During this season, the groundwater to be used for filling the existing ponds, if rainfall is not sufficient, in available ponds for retting of jute crop.
  • 5% or 20-30% farm pond models be promoted based on the farming system.

Odisha

State Level Interface Meeting on "Enhancing the Preparedness for Agriculture Contingency in Kharif-2019 season organized for West Bengal and Odisha"The State Level Interface Meeting for Odisha was organized at Krishi Bhavan, Bhubaneswar on 10th July, 2019.

Dr. Arun Kumar Sahoo, Minister, Department of Agriculture & Farmers' Empowerment, Government of Odisha lauded ICAR’s efforts for the development of agriculture contingency plans and the efforts being made for operationalizing the plans through the interface meetings. He accentuated the need to take the effective measures in order to meet any contingency which may arise during the crop growing season.

The District level Officials, Senior Staff from OUAT and ICAR-NRRI, ICAR-IIWM, etc., presented the detail plans for the Districts and for the different sectors of agriculture. The PCs of Krishi Vigyan Kendras shared the experiences for overcoming the different contingencies during the last few years gained in implementation of the NICRA-TDC programme.

Dr. Saurabh Garg, Principal. Secretary; Dr. G. Ravindra Chary, Director, ICAR-CRIDA; Dr. M. Muthu Kumar, Director, Agriculture, Government of Odisha; Dr. K.V. Rao, ICAR-CRIDA; Dr. Prabhat Kumar Raul, Dean (Agricultural Extension), Odisha University of Agriculture & Technology; along with other dignitaries attended the meeting.

Recommendations

  • To promote the pulses and oilseeds in the upland areas.
  • To adopt individual farmer-oriented ponds (5% to 30%) on a large scale based on the farming system in the upland areas, especially.
  • Bund and trench system of cultivation in submergence areas.
  • Moving away from the single crop cultivation to the rice-pulse system in the different agro-ecologies.
  • To promote the multiple stress-tolerant rice varieties, saline resistant vegetables during the Rabi season, heat tolerant poultry, less water requiring ducks, insurance for protected cultivation, high value crops including infrastructure.
  • To establish suitable infrastructure at the village for the storage of vegetable seed kits, etc.
  • To promote the water harvesting measures in convergence mode.

(Source: ICAR-Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture, NRM Division)