SRINAGAR, March 24: Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor, Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar today stressed that adapting crops to climate variability and uncertainty is the need of the hour given the changing climatic conditions around the world.
Advisor Bhatnagar made the comments during the inaugural three-day session of the “National Conference on Weather and Climate Risk Management in Agriculture” at Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Science and Technology, Kashmir ( SKUAST-K).
The three-day conference is organized by SKUAST-K in collaboration with the Association of Agrometeorologists Anand Gujarat-Kashmir Chapter.
Addressing a large number of agrometeorologists, scientists, PhD students, researchers, students and other delegates from across the country, Councilor Bhatnagar said that this conference is relevant at this time because the world is witnessing an unprecedented change in climatic conditions. He added that the deliberations of this conference will significantly address the impact of climate change on agriculture.
Highlighting the issue of increasing climate change, Councilor Bhatnagar said extreme weather events are happening daily and now is really the time to take proactive action on the issue. He asked all participants and delegates that some concrete steps need to be taken so that less impact can be put on the agricultural sector which constitutes the heart of our country’s GDP.
Talking about some remarkable developments that J&K UT has witnessed in recent years, Councilor Bhatnagar said that the entire ecosystem of Jammu and Kashmir has undergone massive change and accelerated development and progress is taking place. produce in the field. He added that UT has seen a transformation in all aspects like transportation, highway construction, healthcare sector and several other areas of public importance.
Advisor Bhatnagar further remarked that with the introduction of a new investment policy, J&K is becoming an attractive investment destination. He added that several major companies in the country have shown keen interest in investing here.
The adviser said that it is the strong resolve of our Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha to make J&K one of the most developed regions in our country.
On the occasion, Councilor Bhatnagar also bestowed societal awards and scholarships to scientists and researchers from different universities in the country.
The Vice Chancellor, SKUAST-K, Prof. Nazir Ahmad Ganai, speaking on the occasion, highlighted climate change and its impact on the agricultural sector. He added that the brainstorming on various aspects of this conference will significantly address the issue to some extent.
SKUAST-J Vice Chancellor, Prof. JP Sharma said in his address that the topic discussed at this conference is of national importance and will certainly alleviate the problems of climate change to a large extent.
Prof. Vyas Pandey, President, Association of Agrometeorologists, Anand Gujarat and Prof. KK Singh, Head of Agrometeorology, IMD also spoke on the occasion.
Professor Sarfaraz Ahmad Khan, Director of SKUAST-K Research, in his welcome address, outlined the main lines of this three-day national conference.
A publication on the different aspects of this conference and a memory were also published by the Counselor on this occasion.
Heads of departments from different departments of SKUAST-K, Director of Agriculture of Kashmir, Deans, Agrometeorologists, Scientists, PhD students, Researchers, Students and various agronomists are attending the three-day conference.