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National Innovation on Climate Resilience in Agriculture- NICRA

Project In Charge: Dr. Jagdish Grover

Co-Project In Charge: Dr. Rakesh Kumar Singh
Senior Research Fellow: Mrs. Harsimran Kaur, Mr. Dharamjeet Singh
Village Adopted: Pindi Balochan

Objectives of NICRA Project
  •   To identify major vulnerabilities e.g. water scarcity, recurrent drought, flood, cold wave, heat wave, pest and disease of crops and livestock, fodder scarcity, poor access to improved seeds and inputs and farm machinery.

  • To find alternate crop varieties, in-situ moisture conservation, water harvesting(pond), management of mid season drought, improved drainage, frost management, micro-irrigation, silage as feed using surplus fodder during rainy season, prophylaxis of animals, stress tolerant high yielding animal breeds, cost effective shelters, heat stress management in poultry, agro-advisories etc.

  • To purchase farm machinery for custom hiring in the target village, seed bank, fodder bank, management and utilization of CPRs for drought coping and SHGs and commodity groups for organized production and marketing.

  • To develop capacity building for awareness enhancements and training on climate resilient technologies, risk management and managing relevant institutions.

Future Plans of NICRA Project

  • To select one village in the district for implementation of the project.

  • To analyze the climate characters of the village and collect benchmark information on natural resource & socio-economic status.

  • To demonstrate technology at farmers fields which can bear effect of climate change. Identification of most sustainable practices adopted by the farmers.

  • To finalize climate resilient technology package.

Activities Under NICRA Project
Laser Land Levelling
Technology Demonstrated Laser Land Levelling
Adversity Low water user efficiency
Combating Climate Adversity Enhancing water use efficiency
Area: 296 ha Farmers: 114
N Fertilizer Management  
Technology Demonstrated Application of urea using Leaf Colour Chart(LCC) in wheat crop
Adversity Excessive use of Nitrogen fertilizer
Combating Climate Adversity Reduces the emmision of GHG
Area: 10 ha Farmers: 10
Crop Residue Management  
Technology Demonstrated Zero tillage in Wheat
Adversity Paddy straw management, weed control, timely sowing and saving of water
Combating Climate Adversity Reducing environmental pollution and improvement of soil health
Area: 36 ha Farmers: 30
Crop Residue Management  
Technology Demonstrated Straw bailing
Adversity Paddy straw management
Combating Climate Adversity Reducing environmental pollution
Area: 62 ha Farmers: 25
Crop Diversification  
Technology Demonstrated Gram (GPF-2)
Adversity Soil fertility and scarsity of pulses
Combating Climate Adversity Low water requirement, improves soil fertility
Area: 4 ha Farmers: 10
Crop Diversification  
Technology Demonstrated Mustard Hayola(PAC-401), African Sarson(PC-10)
Adversity Low water requirement and scarsity of oil seeds
Combating Climate Adversity High yeilding, quality edible oil
Area: 20 ha Farmers: 70
Nutrient Supliment  
Technology Demonstrated Mineral Mixture
Adversity Ensuring dietry supplement
Combating Climate Adversity Providing balance nourishment and increases immunity against heat stress
Farmers: 64 Animals: 115
Mannure Production Unit  
  • Establishment of manure pits.
  • Soil health improvement, Bio waste recycling, Reduced fertilizer application and environment safety.
No. of units 3
Size 18 ft ( L) 12 ft (W) 6 ft(D)
Quantity Produced 16.2 ton
Construion of Bio Gas Plant One
Kitchen Gardening 60 Famalies

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