Krishi Jagran hosted a webinar on “Challenges of Water Scarcity in Agriculture”

A photo from the webinar

On the occasion of Kisan Diwas, the Indian Agricultural Research Council celebrates ‘Jai Kisan Jai Vigyan’ week from December 23 to December 29r every year to commemorate the anniversary of the birth of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and the late Chaudhary Charan Singh. The celebration is held in honor of their significant contribution to promoting the use of science for the benefit of farmers.

ICAR institutes and KVKs across the country run a variety of farmer awareness programs aimed at showcasing and demonstrating new technological advancements to increase agricultural productivity and profitability. Farmers who have successfully adopted new technologies and contributed to the widespread adoption of new technologies by farmers are recognized at the event.

This year, Krishi Jagran is also hosting various webinars and events during the Jai Kisan Jai Vigyan Week from December 23 to 29, 2021. Today, the 26e December, Krishi Jagran hosted a webinar on “The challenges of water scarcity in agriculture”.

Water scarcity is a burning issue, especially in states such as Gujarat, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh. The water table has declined in these areas at an alarming rate. Since water scarcity has a direct impact on food production, Krishi Jagran understands how important it is for farmers to understand how they can overcome this challenge effectively. This is why this webinar was organized.

Many eminent personalities like Dr NK Gonita, Vice-Chancellor of Junagadh University of Agriculture shared their wisdom on the same. In his speech, Dr Gonita underlined that “harvesting rainwater and its efficient use is the key to tackling the challenges of water scarcity”. He gave the example of the Saurashtra & Kutchh region of Gujarat which have become self-sufficient to meet their water needs through rainwater harvesting. Not only does mulching play a very important role in conserving soil moisture, he added.

Dr Ranjan Aggarwal was another esteemed guest speaker in the webinar. He is a scientist at the Regional Research Center of the Agricultural University of Punjab. He stressed the importance of water in agriculture. He said: “Over 90% of total water use in India is only for agriculture.” He also suggested ways to reduce water wastage in the areas of agriculture. He urged farmers to level their fields as the rolling fields require more water for irrigation and can also cause waterlogging in parts of the field.

Arun Deshmukh, Chief Agronomist, Central and North India, Netafim Irrigation Pvt Ltd stressed that “Indian farmers need to try new and more efficient farming techniques because India has one of the fastest growing populations. It is estimated that we will reach 1.7 billion people by 2050. We will need more food to feed such a large population, but the resources will remain the same. The most important of these resources is water, so it is important that we use water efficiently and wisely, which is precision agriculture.

He further stated: “Netafim provides various precision irrigation solutions which help farmers to deliver the right amounts of water and nutrients to the root zone of crops, thereby controlling the yield, ensuring comparatively higher yield amounts. high and also improving its quality thanks to measured dosages of fertilizer and water. . “

Netafim’s precision irrigation techniques promote efficient water use and also help Indian farmers to achieve considerable savings in labor, resources and operational costs.

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