Regional Consultation Meeting of SAARC Agriculture Council on "Advanced Water Management Options for Sustainable Crop Production in South Asia" was organized during 5-6 April 2021

A Regional Consultation Meeting on "Advanced Water Management Options for Sustainable Crop Production in South Asia" was organized by South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Agriculture Council (SAC), Dhaka during 5-6 April 2021 in virtual mode. ICAR-Indian Institute of Water Management, Bhubaneswar acted as Technical Partner of this Meeting in which fourteen Country Experts from seven Member States of SAARC i.e. India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Afghanistan participated. Dr Md. Baktear Hossian, Director, SAC and Dr. Sreekanth Attaluri, Senior Programme Specialist (Crops) & Coordinator, SAC welcomed the Special Guests, country experts and other delegates. Dr. S.K. Chaudhari, Deputy Director General (NRM), ICAR graced the inaugural session as Special Guest and he emphasized the need for strengthening research efforts on canal automation, conjunctive use of surface and groundwater, crop diversification in water scarce areas, IOT based micro irrigation system and evolving techniques to reduce the greenhouse gas emission and water and energy foot prints. He also highlighted the problem of water related disasters including flood and suggested to workout the integrated action plan for each SAARC nation. Dr. A. Mishra, Director and Dr. P.S. Brahmanand, Principal Scientist, ICAR-IIWM have been nominated as Experts by ICAR to represent India in this meeting. The Country status papers of all seven nations including India were presented during first and second technical sessions and the recommendations were discussed in detail and finalized during the third technical session.

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Last Updated on: 06-04-2022