Chandel, 24/09/2019: The Stakeholders Meeting-cum-Workshop on CSA Evaluation and Prioritization under the project “Scaling Out Climate-Smart Agriculture for Resilient Farming in India” was organized today, the 24th September, 2019 at Conference Hall, KVK Chandel. The meeting was chaired by Shri Krishna Kumar, IAS Deputy Commissioner Chandel in presence of Dr. Sanjoy Kumar Bandyopadhyay, Head – Centre of Environment Science & Climate Resilient Agriculture, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Pusa, New Delhi, Dr B. C. Deka, Director ICAR-ATARI-Zone-VII, Umiam, Barapani, Meghalaya; Dr. N. Prakash, Joint Director, ICAR Manipur Centre, Imphal, Prof. R. K Saha, Director Extension Education, CAU Imphal; and Dr. S. Prabhu Kumar, Former Director, ATARI, Ludhiana. The Chief Guest, Shri Krishna Kumar, IAS urged all the stakeholders to participate sincerely and wholeheartedly and to come out with a climate-smart plan so as to enable to double the farmers’ income by 2022. He expected a realistic and practical plan for Chandel district which will be replicated in other districts also. It is worth mentioning that KVK Chandel is among the 11 KVKs selected in the country for the project “Scaling Out Climate-Smart Agriculture for Resilient Farming in India” and the only district in the north-east India. Dr. N. Prakash assured of all possible technological support and assistance to implement this project successfully. Dr. S. Prabhu Kumar emphasised on the need for implementing this programme on convergence mode in partnership with all the concerned Departments in the district. Prof. R. K. Saha stated that this project is taken up promptly. He also opined that improved farming systems, research and extension should go hand-in-hand. The farmers of the district have been practicing indigenous farming techniques since centuries which need to be documented and validated. Dr. Sanjoy Kumar Bandyopadhyay explained the intricate details of the project to the stakeholders present in the meeting. Later, a workshop was conducted for Climate Smart Agriculture Evaluation and Prioritization of the project, in which Dr. Sanjoy Kumar Bandyopadhyay and stakeholders interacted and discussed about possible plans for the project.
The programme was attended by District Level Officers, NGOs, 20 Progressive Farmers from the three blocks – Chandel, Khengjoy and Chakpikarong of Chandel District and staffs of KVK, Chandel.