CSISA’s training and support on mechanical transplanting of rice brings income-earning opportunity to youth as service provider in Hotaput village, Mayurbhanj.
CSISA’s partner, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), recently conducted training programs on dairy cattle feeding management in the Indian states of Odisha and Bihar. The trainings focused on improving the nutritional benefits of crop residues and demonstrated the benefits of new feeding strategies for improving the milk productivity of dairy cattle.
A group of 345 women farmers actively participated in an interaction session jointly organized by CSISA and its partner agency in Bihar, the Jyoti Mahila Samakhya federation (under the aegis of Bihar Mahila Samakhya, Indian government’s programme on women’s equality) on 1 April in Muzaffarpur district, Bihar.
At a recent field day in district Muzaffarpur, Bihar, the Rajender Agricultural University announced the formation of an association of maize farmers called “Krishak Makka Utpadan Avam Vipram Samiti” (Farmers Society of Maize Production and Marketing). This organisation will help find solutions for the gaps in the maize value chain and will support better delivery of technology to increase maize production in Bihar. The event was organized by CSISA, Borlaug Institute of South Asia (BISA) and RAU on 11 March and was attended by more than 300 farmers and senior officials from the state department.
The Central Soil Salinity Research Institute (CSSRI), one of India’s leading agricultural research institutes, has partnered with CIMMYT to develop a technical bulletin in Hindi on conservation agriculture practices as part of the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA). The bulletin was recently released at the spring farmers’ fair, “Rabi Kisan Mela” organized by CSSRI in Karnal, Haryana. The bulletin aims to increase awareness among farmers about sustainable intensification and the latest conservation agriculture technologies.
Sabitri Naik and Kainta Biswal had yet another reason to celebrate their joy on this Women’s day. They were felicitated by the Director General of International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) at a farmers’ event, for their contribution to the local community in adoption of new rice cultivation technology.
A two-day traveling seminar sponsored by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) project of IRRI was organized by CSISA Bihar hub for visiting scientists from Nepal, Bangladesh and India during 31 August – 01 September, 2013. The objective of the seminar was to initiate a discussion on the performance of conservation agriculture (CA)-based best management practices for rice in Bihar. A total of 59 people (including 3 women) consisting of 22 scientists and 37 farmers participated in the event.
A two-day contingency planning meeting of the State Department of Agriculture (DoA) was organised by Bihar Agricultural Management, Extension and Training Institute (BAMETI) in Patna during 7-8 September, 2013. The objective of the meet was to create a strategic plan to meet the challenge of drought-like situation prevailing in Bihar. Mr. A.K. Chauhan, Agriculture Production Commissioner and Principal Secretary along with Dr. R.N. Singh, Director BAMETI, District Agriculture Officers (DAOs), scientists from Rajendra Agricultural University (RAU), Bihar Agricultural University (BAU), Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), ICAR and progressive farmers participated in the discussions.
For the first time in Bihar and Eastern Uttar Pradesh, the farmers will be able to apply site-specific precise crop management practices with special emphasis on nutrient management in their fields in a cropping system mode, thanks to computer- and mobile phone-based decision support tool called Crop Manager.
Across the 12 districts in Bihar where the CSISA project is being implemented, farmers are switching to low tillage systems and other conservation agriculture management practices that protect the soil, cut water use, and require less labour. As a step towards popularization of latest and advanced machinery in the agriculture sector, CSISA organised a series of demonstrations and training programme on raising of mat-type nursery of paddy to be transplanted by the paddy transplanter, and on direct seeding of rice.
Venue: Mishrauli, Sakra Block Date: 9th July, 2013 Total Participants: 20 Women Farmers and Youths Trained on Raising of Mat-Type Nursery A day long training programme was organized on 9 July, 2013, at Mishrauli village, Muzaffarpur on raising of mat-type nursery for mechanised transplanting of paddy seedling.