Workshop on ‘alternate agricultural pathways’ held

Shillong, May 28: The Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) for the Northeast region, in collaboration with Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), on Monday organized a daylong 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 about the impact of climate change and to create alternate agricultural production pathways in changing climates.

Addressing the gathering, Dr RN Padaria, Professor and Principal Scientist Agricultural Extension Division, ICAR-IARI, said 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: “Agriculture across the world is challenged by multiple factors and climate change is one of them. Sustainable research needs to be incorporated to enhance production and the view of the stakeholders matters the most. Hence, the workshop brings 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 of 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, he added.
The daylong workshop witnessed a series of lecture to apprise the participants of the methodology to be adopted for developing alternate agriculture pathways, and was followed by group discussions to delineate the current state of agricultural production systems in the region.