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Session2:India Pavilion at COP-22, Marrakech

The second session for the day, hosted by Ministry of Agriculture, was held under the chairmanship of Dr. V. Usha Rani, Director General, MANAGE, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India. She shared that through various policy initiatives and efforts around afforestation, food security, waste reduction, employment for agriculture labours, sustainable agriculture; the Government is trying to keep pace with the time and mitigate severe impacts of climate changes in agriculture.

Dr. Rath, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, provided detailed presentation on various policies and schemes of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Govt. of India on integrated farming systems, agro-forestry, Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana and integration of various departmental activities like irrigation, agriculture, rural development is ensured.

Dr. VP Sharma, MANAGE made the presentation of District Level Contingency Plans to deal with changing climatic scenarios. While, Mr. Navin from GIZ presented about innovative approaches on knowledge and advisories management to help farmers adapt to climate changes using simple ICT tools. Dr.Kirit N.Shelat and V.V. Sadamate made a presentation on success story from Gujarat on taking agriculture knowledge to farmers involving various stakeholders and taking innovative extension methods to reach out large number of farmers. Festive like approaches (farmer fairs) were effectivelyorganized. This resulted in attaining almost 10% growth rate in agriculture in Gujarat.

While concluding the chairperson mentioned that culture plays a key role in agriculture in India and to deal with climate changes. She reiterated that the way forward is to establish networks and collaborations among passionate people who are concerned and working relentlessly for safeguarding farmers from climate change and ensuring food to all global citizens.

The presentations were followed by discussion and participants actively participated. The session was well attended and it presented various initiatives of the two Ministries to the international community, which were well appreciated.

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