ICAR-Indian Institute of Water Management, Bhubaneswar organized a three days inter-state farmers training program on 'Irrigation Water Management towards doubling farmers income' during 9-11 Jan. 2018. The program was sponsored by Agricultural Technology Management Agency, Muzaffarpur, Bihar under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana. The training was aimed to understand the farmer's field problem and address them to the point with scientific expertise and practices available with us on Irrigation Water Management. During inaugural session, Dr. S. K. Ambast, Director, ICAR-IIWM, welcomed the farmer's trainee and encouraged them to discuss and interact with scientific personnel/ experts to understand their field problems. Dr. M.K Sinha, Principal Scientist and Course- in-Charge introduced the guest farmer with the faculty and 3 days course outlined consisting half-day class interaction and half-day farm field exposure.
The course content covered with water resource development, water conservation practices, water logged area management, addressing post flood situation, water saving planting techniques and management, water management interventions and technological options, success stories, micro irrigation/fertigation system, Integrated farming system, etc. Four-field visit were also arranged for farmers to visit deras farm for run off recycling model, self-reliant farming system, pond based integrated farming system, sensor based micro-irrigation/fertigation system for banana crops, land-shaping model along with some farm level implements, Central Horticultural Experimental Station for mango plantation, horticultural crops and nursery management, and Central Tuber Crop Research Station for scientific practices and management for the tuber crops, campus technology park for micro irrigation with fertigation system.
Twenty-five progressive farmers and 15 resource persons participated in the program and exchanges his experience during class and field interaction. Farmers were amply exposed with scientific expertise, different field level experiences and practical situations during interaction. The three days training program successfully coordinated by Dr. M. K. Sinha, Principal Scientist, Dr. Sanatan Pradhan and Dr. Debabrata Sethi, Scientist of the institute and concluded with a formal vote of thanks.