A nine-member RESILIENCE project team visited Norway from the 26th to 31st May to get a first-hand exposure to the latest developments in Precision Agriculture at the Center for Precision Agriculture, Appelsvol, NIBIO, Norway and interacted with Norwegian farmers. The team discussed about the potential of Precision Agriculture to smallholder farming in India. With digitalization in agriculture happening fast in India, the Coordinator of the Resilience project Dr. Udaya Sekhar Nagothu, sees the potential for cooperation, between Norway and India, especially in building capacity of the scientists and agriculture managers in India.
Adaptation to climate change through sustainable intensification can happen at a rapid pace by taking advantage of the digital applications already developed in agriculture in Europe and other regions and customizing them to the Indian context.
The team representing NRRI and OUAT from Cuttack; MSSRF, Chennai and AAU, from Jorhat, Assam, also visited NIBIO, Ås campus in Norway on the 28th May. During the two-day meetings, project team reviewed the progress, opportunities and constraints arising from the project, measures to address them and future actions.
Key observations at the meeting included the need for emphasizing on the value-chain (VC) approach, mapping the VC actors, and exploring the storage and marketing aspects together with stakeholders.