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XII NICRA Expert Committee Meeting at NASC-New Delhi, 23-24 Oct, 2017

          A two-day NICRA Expert Committee meeting was organized at NASC, New Delhi during 23-24 October, 2017. Dr T Mohapatra, Secretary, DARE and DG, ICAR in his address set the road map for next phase of NICRA with outputs that have impact at national level. Progress of 13 ongoing projects from Competitive Grants and two projects under Sponsored component were reviewed under the Chairmanship of Dr K Alagusundaram, DDG (NRM) and co chaired by Dr S Bhaskar, ADG (AAF & CC). Dr K Sammi Reddy, Director (Acting), CRIDA, Hyderabad presented the overview of progress under NICRA under CGC and Sponsored components so far and the need for thorough monitoring of the progress by the expert committee.  For each project a sub-committee of relevant members from NICRA Expert Committee were formed to mentor and monitor the progress of the projects. The committee deliberated on the identification of themes for inviting new proposals under Competitive Grants component for the next phase of NICRA.  On this occasion, four publications from ICAR-CRIDA, Hyderabad viz., Farm innovations in climate resilient agriculture, Up-scaling farm machinery custom hiring centres in India: A policy paper, Roots of rainfed crops and Issues and remedies in rainfed farming (in Hindi) were released by the Hon’ble DG, ICAR.  The meeting was attended by PIs from Dr BSKVP, ICAR-IISR, PJTSAU, ICAR-CCRI, ICAR-CTRI, KVAFSU, Sathyabama Univ., SKUA&ST, CSKHPAU, ANGRAU, ICAR-CIARI and ICAR-CICR, Dr SK Chaudhari, ADG (SWC), Dr M Prabhakar, PI, NICRA, ICAR-CRIDA, Hyderabad, Senior officers from NRM Division, ICAR and ICAR-CRIDA, Hyderabad.

[Source: ICAR-CRIDA, Hyderabad]

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