• ICAR-VPKAS Almora organized Jal Shakti Abhiyan Programme

    The ICAR-Vivekananda Parvatiya Krishi Anusandhan Sansthan, Almora, Uttarakhand organized a farmer field workshop on water management under “Jal Shakti Abhiyan” Programme of Government of India at Darima Village of Nainital District on 9th September 2019. Er. Utkarsh Kumar, scientist welcomed the participants and briefed about importance of the programme. Dr. Nirmal Hedau informed about the utilization of harvested water in tank for irrigation of off-season high value vegetable crop cultivation. Dr. V.S Meena interacted with farmers and students of village and explained regarding soil health management and efficient utilization of fertilizers for higher crop productivity. Dr. Sher Singh explained various techniques of water conservation and its utilization, Dr. Jitendra Kumar said that during the first phase (1st July to 15th September) of Jal Shakti Abhiyan, 65 polytanks were constructed and renovated having water storage capacity of approximately 3312 cubic meter. Dr. Nirmal Chandra discussed about the watershed management and intensive afforestation for efficient use of water. Dr. Laxmikant, Director (In-charge), ICAR-VPKAS appreciated the effort of water management team of Institute and farmers regarding polytanks construction and renovation in Darima village of Nainital district. He highlighted about efficient irrigation management techniques, “More Crop Per Drop” and also urged the farmers for adopting various Institute technologies available for enhancing water productivity of crops. This was followed by a farmers-scientists interaction meeting on water management. More than 200 participants including farmers, farm women, and school student attended the programme.The program was coordinated by Dr. Sher Singh, Dr. Jitendra Kumar, Er. Utkarsh Kumar, Mr Narayan Ram and Mr. Prahalad Kumar.