Workshop on alternate agricultural production in changing climates for NE held

SHILLONG, May 28: The Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) for the northeast region, Umiam, Meghalaya in collaboration with IARI – Indian Agricultural Research Institute today organized a day long workshop on “Alternate Agricultural Production Pathways in Changing Climates for North- East Region” under the IVA project on Agriculture for India’s Third National Communication to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The focal theme of the programme was to sensitize the regional stakeholders of the region about the impact of climate change and to create alternate agricultural production pathways in changing climates. The inaugural session witnessed the introductory remarks from Dr R. N Padaria Professor and Principal Scientist Agricultural Extension Division, ICAR-IARI, addressing the gathering said that the workshop intends to look out for mechanism to make agriculture more pragmatic in the context of climate change. The workshop is the first of its kind in the region to address the climatic challenges which the region will face in the coming years.

The workshop was chaired by Dr K K Baruah speaking on the occasion he said that agriculture across the world is challenged by multiple factors and climate change is one. Sustainable research needs to be incorporated to enhance production and the view of the stakeholders matters the most hence the workshop bring the stakeholders under one platform to address the challenges faced by them.

The technical session began with a presentation by Dr S. Naresh Kumar Professor and Principal Scientist, Centre for Environment Science and Climate Resilient Agriculture, ICAR- IARI. Climate Change is a global challenge and agriculture is constrained and Indian agriculture is also affected by climate change and hence the research should be focused on sustainable agriculture and environment oriented agriculture.

The day long workshop witnessed a series of lecture to apprise the participants about the methodology to be adopted for developing alternate agriculture pathways which was followed by group discussions to delineate the current state of agricultural production systems in the region.

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