ICAR CIWA organised workshop 
Climate Resilient Agriculture for Sustainable Food Security and Income Enhancement  

ICAR CIWA organised a Workshop on climate resilient agriculture for sustainable food security and income enhancement under OIIPCRA Project on 15th March 2024 at Keonjhar, Odisha. On the occasion, Sh. Kishore Chandra Panda, Additional Sub-collector (Anandpur) graced the event as Chief Guest and Dr. Mihir Kumar Sahoo, CDAO as Guest of Honour. The workshop started with invocation of ICAR song. Dr. S. Swain, Convener of the programme welcomed all participants, dignitaries in dais, BAOs, AAOs, VLW members, Farmers Friends, Udyan and Pani mitra etc. and putforth small snippets about the project activities, enthusiasm of beneficiaries to carry forward project interventions. Dr. Mridula Devi, The Chairperson of the workshop welcomed the gathering and gave a comprehensive account on the importance of post-production activities, women centric entrepreneurship development, economic empowerment, benefit of CHCs, and use of digital technologies in the agriculture in the wake of erratic climatic fluctuation. Mr. Kishore Chandra Panda, The Chief Guest in his speech applauded the initiatives of CIWA for organizing such a mega event for the benefit of especially women and urged them to take maximum technical supports and inputs for better livelihood support and income generation in view of changing climate. The climatic vagaries can be certainly overcome by adopting climate resilient varieties and soil testing and imperative for crop selection process. Dr. Mihir Kumar Sahoo, the Guest of Honour, Dr. Sukant Kumar Sahoo, PC, KVK, Keonjhar, Officers from Mission Shakti explained about the role of women in the changing climate, crop diversification, cropping intensity, organic farming, mushroom cultivation, polyhouse technologies etc that would benefit the women sector at large. Four innovative farm women were felicitated for their commendable works in line with different developmental activities the project intended for. In the afternoon, there were technical sessions in which women farmers shared their views with respect to their enhanced livelihood and income generation activities vis-à-vis project activities. The action plan of the 2024-25 was presented to stakeholders and feedback of the official from line department was taken. Line department officials gave constructive suggestions for implementation of Project activities as per changing climate scenario in the region. Approximately 728 participants (678 women and 50 men) were participated in the mega event. The incessant backing and whole hearted support of ICAR-CIWA was appreciated by the line departments and urged for its continuation in the future.