TAMIL NADU

Project to enhance agriculture resilience to climate launched

mechanism unveiled: Collector T. Munusamy and P.Murugesa Boopathy, Vice Chancellor, TNAU, during the launch of the NICRA, a project of Indian Council of Agricultural Research, at Anaimangalam in Nagapattinam district on Thursday.

mechanism unveiled: Collector T. Munusamy and P.Murugesa Boopathy, Vice Chancellor, TNAU, during the launch of the NICRA, a project of Indian Council of Agricultural Research, at Anaimangalam in Nagapattinam district on Thursday.  

To handle problems of alternating natural cycles such as rain, drought

The National Initiative on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA), a project of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, to enhance resilience of Indian agriculture to climate change and vulnerability through strategic research and technology demonstration was launched at Anaimangalam village in Keezh Velur block in Nagapattinam district on Thursday.

The project implemented in association with the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University was launched by T.Munusamy, Collector, in the presence of P.Murugesa Boopathy, Vice Chancellor, TNAU. The project would be executed by the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Sikkal, and monitored by the Central Research Institute of Dryland Agriculture.

Fourth district in state

Nagapattinam, which is prone to be affected by natural vagaries and floods, is one of the four districts in the State where the project would be implemented.

The objective of the project is to enhance the resilience of agriculture covering crops, livestock and fisheries to climatic variability and climate change through development and application of improved production and risk management technologies; to demonstrate site specific technology packages on farmers' fields for adapting to current climate risks and to enhance the capacity of scientists and other stakeholders in climate resilient agricultural research and application.

The project consists of four components – strategic research, technology demonstration, capacity building and sponsored/ competitive grants.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr.Boopathy appealed to the farmers to adopt scientific farm practices and modern technology to improve productivity and to overcome natural vagaries.

Mr.Munusamy called upon small and marginal farmers to utilise the project well to handle the problems posed by alternating natural cycles such as heavy rains and drought.

A farmers group has been promoted at the village and they would be encouraged to adopt scientific farm practices based on weather inputs. A technology demonstration unit has also been set up at the village.

Nagai Mali, MLA, P.Kalaiselvan, Director, Distance Education, TNAU, Srinath Dikshit of Central Institute of Dryland Agriculture, T.V.Srinivasa Reddy of ICAR, R.Rajendran, head, KVK, Sikkal, and others spoke.



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