To address the specific issues of various agro-climatic zones in India, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has started a series of workshops. These workshops will be organised in 15 various agro-climatic zones.
First of this series, ICAR organised a workshop for Developing a Roadmap for Technological Support, Extension and Demonstration Services to the Farmers in Trans-Gangetic Plains Region (Agro-Climatic Zone-VI) at ICAR-Central Soil Salinity Research Institute (CSSRI) in Karnal, Haryana.
Chairing the workshop, Dr. KML Pathak, Deputy Director General (Animal Science), ICAR in his address emphasised to make agriculture more sustainable and profitable to farmers by providing solutions to their location specific issues. He urged experts to suggest possible way out to problems of the farmers and also include field issues in research priorities of the respective institutes. He said the potential of different agricultural technologies under field conditions must be discussed, disseminated and demonstrated in farmers’ fields in a time bound manner.
Dr. DK Sharma, Director, CSSRI and nodal officer of the workshop, in his address, highlighted the important role of Trans-Gangetic Plains region in food security of the nation which includes Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and Sri Ganganagar district of Rajasthan. This region comprises only 2.9 percent total geographical area but contribute about 20 percent to the food basket of the country. He flagged various issues related to agriculture and allied sector which need attention by scientists and policymakers.
Dr. BS Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, in his remarks, stressed on making farmers aware of mechanisation and marketing strategies to reap the benefits of latest technologies. Farmers must focus on net profits rather than increasing the productivity. He suggested simple field solutions to farmers regarding various agricultural issues in the region.
Dr. KS Khokhar, Vice-Chancellor, Chaudhary Charan Singh Agricultural University, Hisar, emphasised the need to adopt integrated farming system models to make farms more productive and profitable. He also urged farmers to adopt resource conservation technologies to save cost and environment. Dr. Khokhar highlighted many simple technologies which can be easily adopted by farmers to resolve farm issues.
Dr. Rajbir Singh, Director, Agriculture Technology Application Research Institute (ATARI), Ludhiana and nodal officer of the workshop, appraised the various extension initiatives for quick and effective dissemination of technologies and timely advisories to farmers in case of climatic adversities.
Nearly 30 farmers from various districts of the region participated in the workshop and put forth their specific problems and issues which need attention and solution.
Director and senior officials from ICAR Institutes, State Agricultural and Animal Science Universities and Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) of the region participated in the workshop and provided their inputs for providing solutions to specific problems of the farmers.
In the workshops, a roadmap for agricultural development of the region will be developed based on the outcome of the workshop. The roadmap will include identification of technological interventions which need to be up scaled and extension and demonstration services for up scaling and out scaling. Future thrust area of research and extension for the region will also be identified.