Farmers Gosthi on Social-Ecological Resilience to Enable Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) Policy

22nd October, 2021, Karnal

The salinity induced land degradation has been one of the major concern impacting 6.73 M ha lands in India.  Looking to its importance, ICAR-Central Soil Salinity Research Institute, Karnal, Haryana initiated an awareness programme for farmers of Begampur village, Karnal in 2017 on sustainable agroecological practices and enabling policies including Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN), to enhance social-ecological resilience at community-scale.

Farmers Gosthi on Social-Ecological Resilience to Enable Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) Policy

A farmers Gosthi was organized today to provide technologies supports (salt wheat variety KRL-210 and organic fertilizers), share the knowledge on diversification process and enhancing social-ecological resilience.

Dr. P.C. Sharma, Director, ICAR-CSSRI, Karnal urged the farmers to adopt sustainable agroecological practices developed by ICAR-CSSRI to manage multiple stresses. He also appraised the initiative taken-up by village Panchayat in association with ICAR-CSSRI, Karnal, local NGO and State Department of Agriculture on various practices (community scale sodicity and rice residue management, farm diversification, etc.) to enhance social (access of knowledge and skill) and ecological (soil health and water conservation) resilience.

A total of 70 women and men farmers participated in the Gosthi.

Seeds of salt tolerant wheat (KRL-210), bio fertilizers and animal mineral mixture were distributed among 62 farmers.

(Source: ICAR-Central Soil Salinity Research Institute, Karnal, Haryana)