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Rajendranagar: Meet on climate change impact on farming begins

Rajendranagar: Meet on climate change impact on farming begins
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The NIRDPR (National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj) on Friday is organising a two-day national conference on ‘Climate Change...

Rajendranagar: The NIRDPR (National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj) on Friday is organising a two-day national conference on 'Climate Change Adaptations in Agriculture for Sustainable Livelihoods.' The event began on Friday.

Around 50 national experts from various universities and research institutes from 15 States are presenting their findings during the conference. The participants including academicians, agri-practitioners, innovators, students of agriculture and rural development will deliberate during the 2-day conference.

Delivering the inaugural address on Friday, Leena Johri, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD), Government of India, said that any long journey starts with a small step and SLACC was one such step. She spoke about other programmes of MoRD, and informed that 60 lakh Mahila Kisans were mobilised for agriculture, livestock and other rural development programmes.

Spearheading 25 'Climate Smart agricultural' techniques in Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, NIRDPR is presenting the results of 'Sustainable Livelihoods and Adaptation to Climate Change' (SLACC) project during the conference. The two States were considered vulnerable to the effects of climate change, between 2015 and 2019.

Speaking about the contribution of NIRPDR in tackling climate change, Dr W R Reddy, Director General, NIRDPR, said, "Climate change is the biggest risk to agriculture and food security. The events of climate change are frequently observed in the present day in events such as floods, severe drought, hailstorm and cyclone, among others."

Addressing the conference, Dr Jayalakshmi, Director General, MANAGE (National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management), emphasised the need of convergence with all the sectors at all the levels, from Centre to State to gram panchayat level, for planning and implementation of conceptual frame works to be turned to proof of concept models.

Radhika Rastogi, DDG, NIRDPR, Dr Praveen Rao, Vice-Chancellor, PJTSAU also spoke. The conference is supported by the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) and sponsored by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) of the UNFCCC through the World Bank. It is is coordinated by Dr Ravindra S Gavali, Professor and Head, Centre for Natural Resource Management, NIRDPR, and its faculty members, Dr K Krishna Reddy, Dr V Suresh Babu and Dr Subrat Mishra and others.

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