Naveen calls for drought, pest resistant crop varieties

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen
Patnaik on Monday called upon the scientists to develop drought and pest
resistant crop varieties, alternate cropping patterns, improved methods of soil
and water conservation and capacity building for farmers, keeping in the view of
the changed climatic situation.

the changed climatic situation there may be change in frequency and intensity
of rain fall which might impact seed germination, disease and insect infection.
Hence, it is time to develop drought and pest resistant crop varieties to
protect the interest of farmers’ community,” said Patnaik while speaking here
at the inaugural session of Odisha Environment Congress (OEC), jointly
organised by the Human Development Foundation (HDF), Centre for Environment and
Development (CED) and Regional Museum of Natural History (RMNH) here on Monday.
is time that, we intimate climate linked research in Agri Sector to safeguard
the interest of our farming community,” Patnaik said,  adding, “Scientists should take note on
indigenous wisdom of our farmer in cultivation of various crops as it has
withstood him over decades and he has successfully improvised with changing
climatic factors.”
also said the State Government has taken pioneering step in formulating Climate
Change Action Plan keeping in view of the threat from climate change. The State
has also implemented Coastal Zone Management Plan to protect from severity of
the   climate change, he added.
on occasion agricultural scientist MS Swaminathan hailed said lauded the State
for conserving several biological hotspots including Bhitarkanika’s mangrove
forest and Koraput’s incredible agriculture heritage which was recently
recognised by the United Nations as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage
System (GIAHS).

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