Drought Mitigation Through Knowledge Advisory

K.D. Kokate, A.K. Singh and Lakhan Singh


Erratic and deficient behaviour of Monsoon 2009 , seriously affecting 299 districts of 12 states, posed a genuine threat to food security. Krishi Vigyan Kendras located in drought stricken districts took up the challenge of mitigating drought.. Quick assessment, technology dissemination, adoption and productivity stability measures were made using various methods of data collection like field observations, formal & informal group interaction and case study. The study indicated specific technical interventions by KVKs viz. introducing drought tolerant crops and varieties of oilseeds, pulses, cereals, vegetables, fruit crops, fodder crops, etc. Livestock related activities included animal health camps, demonstrations on fodder crops, trainings, etc. Major thrust was reflected on resource conservation technologies viz. direct seeded rice, system of rice intensification, drum seeding, ridge & furrow method, etc. Diagnostic visits , large scale adoption of short duration varieties particularly of paddy NDR-97,PRH-10 resulted in sustaining yield levels even in drought conditions. For creating mass awareness, print and electronic media, campaign, organization of technology weeks, farmer’s goshties, exhibitions, etc. were extensively used

Keyword: Drought mitigating strate

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