Field Officers And Progressive Farmers From Tamil Nadu Visited Icar-Iiswc, Dehradun On October 11, 2018

A team of 25 Members from User Groups and Watershed Development Team from Tiruchirappalli, Tamilnadu visited ICAR-Indian Institute of Soil and Water Conservation (ICAR-IISWC, Dehradun) for training cum exposure under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana, Watershed Development and Integrated Watershed Management Program (IWMP) on 11th Oct. 2018. The team interacted with scientists and technical officers of the Institute. An overview account on soil and water conservation, watershed management techniques, approaches and success stories exhibited in the Museum of the Institute provided. During the visit, status of land degradation, soil erosion, and water conservation problems and region- and problem-specific technological interventions executed and demonstrated by the Institute and its 8 regional centres located across the country were detailed to the group. Various bioengineering measures to tackle mass erosion problems, torrent training, soil erosion, water conservation, participatory water resource development and improved farming practices and systems for in situ moisture conservation, intercropping, agroforestry- and horticulture-based alternate land use systems, fish- and livestock-based integrated farming systems etc. as means of reducing resource degradation, improving agriculture production, and providing livelihood and food-security avenues were focus of the interaction. Dr M Muruganandam, Sr Scientist, ICAR-IISWC conducted the visit.