Govt launches ‘Kharif Campaign’ to counter drought like situation

National Conference on Agriculture for Kharif Campaign, 2016 to be held on 11th-12th April, 2016 will hold deliberations on the possible measures to tackle the emergency scenario in parts of Maharashtra and Karnataka

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New Delhi: Kharif Campaign, 2016 assumes great importance in view of the recent crop damages on account of moisture stress due to deficit, and uneven and untimely rains, hailstorm and other natural calamities.

For the first time Secretaries and Senior Officers from the four main domains of the Department of Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry and Dairy and Credit, Cooperation and Marketing from all the States and Union Territories have been invited to participate in the Conference, discuss and finalize the strategy for Kharif 2016.

The Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers’ Welfare is organizing “The National Conference on Agriculture for Kharif Campaign” on the 11th & 12th April, 2016 at the NASC/NAAS Complex, ICAR, New Delhi.  The Conference will be inaugurated by the Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare in the presence of both the Ministers of States for Agriculture, Mr  Sanjeev Kumar  Balyan and Mr M K Kundariya, Secretary (Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers’ Welfare), Secretary (Department of Animal Husbandry Dairy & Fisheries) and DG, ICAR & Secretary (Department of Agriculture Research and Education) will also grace the occasion.  The Kharif Campaign, 2016 assumes great importance in view of the recent crop damages on account of moisture stress due to deficit, and uneven and untimely rains, hailstorm and other natural calamities.  The South-West monsoon of the previous Kharif season was very weak leading to a deficit of (-) 14% rainfall in the country.  The Rabi 2015-16 season also had less post monsoon and winter rains and the availability of moisture in the soil is low.  A strategy needs to be evolved for the coming Kharif season in view of the above.

The strategy formulated in the Kharif Campaign, 2016 in the backdrop of the announcement by the Government to double the income of the farmers in the next six years is crucial.  In order to address the issues related to agriculture and allied sectors in a more comprehensive manner, an integrated approach to farming is required to be adopted. Keeping this in mind, it is for the first time that Secretaries and Senior Officers from the four main domains of the Department of Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry and Dairy and Credit, Cooperation & Marketing from all the States and Union Territories have been invited to participate in the Conference, discuss and finalize the strategy for Kharif 2016.  Thirteen Technical Group Discussion Sessions will be organized during the Conference covering these four main domains.  The recommendations of each of these domains will be finalized on the second day of the Conference and presented before the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare.

Senior officers of various ministries and departments like fertilizer, water resources, land  resources and all the three departments of the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare as also research institutes, NABARD, autonomous bodies like SFAC, NAFED, NHB etc will be participating.

The Conference will go a long way in reviewing the performance of preceeding crop season, formulate a crop production strategy for the coming Kharif season, ensure input supply position and highlight new technologies and innovations in agriculture and allied sectors.