November 1, 2020

10 days Online Int’l Training Prog on “Climate Risk Assessment,Mgmt concludes at SKUAST-K

Climate change greater threat to human life than nuclear holocaust, warn experts

Srinagar:The Ten day online international training program organized by Dryland Agriculture Research Station (KD Farm), Rangreth SKUAST-Kashmir on “Climate Risk Assessment and its Management through Agro-meteorological Approaches” concluded here  Saturday.

Deputy Director General (Education) ICAR and National Director (NAHEP) Prof. R.C Aggarwal was the Chief Guest on the valedictory function. He congratulated SKUAST-K for organizing the training of international standard, which was well timed and much needed under the changing scenario and increased frequency of climate risks. He also impressed upon large-scale climate awareness as climate change has become a reality. The greatest threat to the future of human kind is not a nuclear holocaust, a conflict or terrorism, but rather the global climate change, he observed.

Director ICAR-CRIDA, Prof. M. Maheswari laid thrust on the need of contingency crop planning and initiation of micro-level agro-advisories to the farming community. PI NAHEP SKUAST-K congratulated the organizers and emphasized on climate smart farming to maximize the farming income.

The guests and participants were formally welcomed by Dr. M.Anwar Bhat, Professor & Head, Division of Agronomy. Dr. Latief Ahmad, Course Director of the international training program presented the training report and policy recommendations before the dignitaries. Dr. S. Sheraz Mahdi, Co-Course Director of training program anchored the proceedings of the training program.

During the event, besides the distribution of e-certificates, training manual comprising of twelve chapters from invited eminent speakers was also released.

The training program was inaugurated on 20th October, 2020 by Prof (Dr.) Rattan Lal, World Food Prize Winner 2020 and Distinguished Professor of Soil Science, Ohio State University USA.

The other invited guests to the program include Dr. Ch.Srinivasa, Director NAARM Hyderabad; Dr. Mushtaq Ahmad, Director Research SKUAST-K and Dr. N.A Ganai, Director Planning and PI NAHEP SKUAST-K.

The training program was attended by more than 330 participants from twenty four states of India and seven countries representing 65 universities including students and faculties besides local participation from SKUAST-Kashmir.

Guest speakers from Ohio State University USA, CIMMYT Mexico, NoAA Centre USA, ICARDA Egypt, Canada, ICRISAT Hyderabad, IMD, IIT Bhubneshwar, ICAR-CRIDA, NRSC-ISRO Hyderabad, TNAU-Coimbatore and UAS Dharwad delivered their talks on various thematic aspects of the training program to address the issues of climate risks and find out ways and means for its management through agro meteorological approaches to minimize climate related disasters.

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