“Climate is the most important determinant of agriculture. If the monsoon is well distributed then production is good. If it is not then it leads to distress in agriculture although, technologies are available,” said Himanshu Pathak, Chairman, Global Technology Watch Group (GTWG) under the Climate Change Programme of the Technology Information, Processing and Assessment Council (TIFAC), Department of Science and Technology (DST).
He was addressing a gathering at the two-day Second Stakeholders consultation meeting at the ICAR-National Academy of Agricultural Research Management here on Friday. Dr Pathak, also the Director of the ICAR-National Rice Research Institute, Cuttack, said: “Rainfall intensity has changed. We have more rain in less period of time without distribution. Although, we have technologies available, we have to minimize the effects of climate changes by adapting these technologies.”
ICAR-NAARM Director Ch. Srinivasa Rao said meeting of stakeholders is being held across India so that policy and action plans can be formulated. for implementation across India.