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11 Sep

Village Knowledge Centres help farmers benefit from government schemes in Assam

September 2020: The region of Sivasagar in the state of Assam, is a flood-hit area; most farmers here, go for Rabi cultivation after the floods end. The area needs irrigation during the Rabi season although a flood hit area, but it lacks this, making it difficult for farmers during the season. There is a population of around 1000 people and about 250 households who need the irrigation facility.

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11 Sep

When Assam floods brought pests, scientists & farmers were ready

September 2020: If there is one thing certain about Assam every year, it is the annual flood and the widespread devastation caused by it. This disaster has become an annual calamity and every time lives are lost, millions of people get displaced, villages, crops, and infrastructures get destroyed.

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30 May

“Any detail is a call away” say farmers of Golaghat district, Assam MSSRF ICT support provides more ‘Resilience’ in lockdown

May 28, 2020: During the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent lockdown, farmers moved to using ICT as a method to obtain useful information about issues related to farming. While phones provide information on various topics, there are areas where farmers need expert guidance. Considering the value of accurate information for farmers, MSSRF held a series of ICT-based programs on key issues including pest / disease infestation, market and weather.

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29 Apr

CoVid 19 - Rapid assessment of Odisha and Assam

The biotic and abiotic risk in farming is quite high in the study areas of both Assam (Sibsagar and Golaghat district ) and Odisha  

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23 Apr

Odisha farmers effectively used Mobile Phone to access necessary information and advisories during COVID 19 Lockdown period

The use of mobile phones by the farmers to access the necessary information and knowledge services to strengthen their livelihoods are increasing. It supports the farmers to access timely agro-advisories, market and weather-related information etc,. from the experts and government officials. During this lockdown period, maintaining physical distance is one of the key strategies practised to contain the disease.

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07 Jan

Farmer led field demonstrations initiated in several RESILIENCE project sites

Preparations have been completed for the second round of demonstrations of farmer led climate smart rice-based technologies (climate resilient rice varieties, tolerant to flood and drought, SRI method, direct seeding, mechanization etc) in Assam and Odisha project sites undertaken by AAU, OUAT, IWMI, NRRI, MSSRF and NIBIO teams. The emphasis will be on sustainable intensification, need based inputs (fertilizer, water) and reducing the use of chemicals for controlling pest and disease by promoting IPM.

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28 Dec

Workshop on Integration of Stakeholders for Promoting Climate-Smart Technologies through Digital Agriculture

ICAR -NRRI and M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) jointly organised a day  workshop on  “Integration of Stakeholders for Promoting Climate-Smart Technologies through Digital Agriculture” on 23rd December 2019 at NRRI, Cuttack.  Dr.A K Nayak, Principal Scientist & HOD, CCAR – NRRI delivered the welcome address and highlighted the Resilience project interventions and the role of digital agriculture to build the capacity of the farmers. Dr. H.

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21 Nov

RESILIENCE project completed one year – All partners annual review meeting was hosted by OUAT and NRRI from 13-15th November in Odisha

The Resilience project partners and stakeholders participated in the annual review meeting and field exposure visits to Tangi block (Cuttack district, Odisha state) on the 14th November, to observe the different farmer community-led on farm demonstration of selected climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) interventions. Row planting of rice seedlings was one of the practices introduced along with short duration rice varieties by NRRI in the village Abhayapur.

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22 Aug

Climate smart agriculture technologies based on expert and farmer choices introduced in Ganjam and Cuttack districts of Odisha state

RESILIENCE project is adopting a cluster-based approach to introduce climate smart agriculture (CSA) technologies. These were selected based on situation analysis and choices of experts and farmers in the project areas.

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22 Jul

Capacity Building Programme on “Becoming a Plant Doctor”

Knowledge Management and Capacity Building is the core theme of the project in builiding the capability of the small farmers and associated stakeholders in addressing the issues in enhancing the resilience capacity in the context of climate change. Management of plant health assumes greater importance to reduce the risk in crop cultivation. The current advisory systems available to meet the challenge is inadeqaute and require a paradigm shift in the approach. Towards this, MSSRF is striving to develop a farmer friendly model in collaboration with CABI for the past 8 years.

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This project is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway/ the Norwegian Embassy, New Delhi