ICAR-Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture (CRIDA), Hyderabad along with Department of Agriculture and Cooperation (DAC), Government of India, Anand Agricultural University, Anand, Gujarat and Department of Agriculture, Government of Gujarat organised contingency preparedness interface meeting with various stakeholders at Anand Agricultural University, Anand recently.
The objective interface meeting was to sensitise the various stakeholders on the ensuing Kharif season with regard to the forecast of Monsoon and to prepare the action plans based on available district contingency plans in the eventuality of deficient rainfall during Kharif 2015 season based on India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) Monsoon forecast.
Speaking on the occasion, Arun Kumar Solanki, Pr. Secretary, Agriculture and Cooperation, Govt. of Gujarat suggested that the State Agricultural Universities (SAUs) may compile better natural resource management technologies at district level and be provided to Gujarat State Land Development Corporation. He also said that every nodal agency such as Seed Corporation, land development corporation etc should have their own plans for each district to address the contingency scenarios that may emerge due to aberrant weather conditions. He stressed, then need to enhance the coverage of crop/ weather insurance programmes in a targeted manner specially for non loaned farmers like other developmental programmes.
Dr Ashish Kumar Bhutani, JS, DAC, desired that the district level contingency plans to be made available as advisories. He stressed that there is a need to cover small and marginal farmers, with crop/ weather insurance program.
Dr. M Maheswari, CRIDA appraised the efforts being made to create awareness various stakeholders at district level on the need for operationalisation of contingency plans.