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Workshop on climate change project

The state agriculture department organised a daylong workshop in Ranchi on Monday to implement a central government project to educate farmers about climate change.

Climate Change Knowledge Network in Indian Agriculture has been launched in two districts each in Jharkhand, Odisha and Maharashtra this year. In Jharkhand, it will cover Ranchi (Angara and Ormanjhi blocks) and East Singhbhum (Patamda and Boram blocks).

According to Union agriculture joint secretary R.B. Sinha, the project would receive German assistance. “Germany’s contribution will be in form of financial support up to 4 million Euros for four years,” Sinha said, adding that he had inked the deal with Stefan Helming, the country director of German Agency for International Co-operation in India, in September.

The objective is to establish pilot models for dissemination of region-specific knowledge on impact of climate change among farmers.

Sinha explained: “In 70s, air-conditioners (AC) were hardly used in Ranchi. During summer, if the weather was sunny in the morning, it rained by afternoon. Today, AC machine is a must. We need to understand the effects of this climate change on crops.”

State agriculture director K.K. Soan said the project would help farmers use the information provided by intermediaries like Krishi Vigyan Kendras and extension staff to react to weather fluctuations by selecting seed varieties and plan out the sowing time et al.

State agriculture secretary Nitin Madan Kulkarni told the participants at the workshop that ground work for the launch had been completed.