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Proceedings for the Content Development Workshop of Uttar Pradesh under RKMP held at NDUAT, Faizabad from 26-27th March, 2011:
The inaugural session was held on 26-3-2011 at 11.00am in the committee hall of the College of Agriculture. The session was chaired by honourable Vice Chancellor of NDUAT, Dr. R.C. Kurreel. At the outset, the Chief Guest was felicitated by the staff of the university. Several eminent personalities such as Dr. R.S. Dixit Agronomist, NDUAT, Dr. H. Tripathy, Director of Research, NDUAT, Faizabad, Dr. J.S. Mishra, Dean, College of Agriculture, NDUAT, Faizabad and Heads, Deans and In charge of several departments of the university were present. After lighting of the lamp, Dr. B.N. Singh Co-PI of RKMP, BAU, Ranchi briefed the house about the objectives of RKMP and requested all the scientists to actively participate. Dr. J.L.N. Dwivedi, Incharge, CRS Masaudha and Nodal officer, RKMP briefly informed the house about the scope and nature of the discussions to be deliberated upon by the experts during two days workshop. The main agenda topics of the workshop were delivered by Dr. Mangal Sain, Pr. Scientist, DRR, Hyderabad. He detailed the 29 point agenda to be discussed during the workshop. The chief guest in his address first lamented the fact that more and more seminar topics are beyond the reach of the farmers. He further asked scientists to discuss in the workshop how to make farmers more aware. He emphasized that farmers need assessment has to be specifically done for the Eastern districts of Uttar Pradesh (UP) and asked for making efforts in this regard. He further asked to develop content for submergence tolerance in rice. He laid emphasis on developing contents for rice diversification in rainfed areas of Eastern districts of UP. He appreciated the efforts of RKMP in developing the contents in both the digital and non digital formats. The inaugural session ended with vote of thanks by Dr. H. Tripathy, Director of Research, NDUAT, Faizabad. The meeting was attended by 40 eminent scientists of NDUAT Faizabad, CRS Masaudha, CSAUAT, Kanpur.
The first technical session was chaired by Dr. R.S. Dixit, an eminent Agronomist of the University and co-chaired by Dr. B.N. Singh, Co-PI of RKMP, BAU, Ranchi. The deliberations on Rice nursery of the state saw maximum response from all the participants and the house actively debated about the growing seasons, date of sowing, nursery period, nursery names, sowing time besides others. The house particularly deliberated the different planting dates and period prevalent across the state of UP. The house finally decided that Dr. J.L.N. Dwivedi will submit the final notes in this regard along with the notes on package of practices of the state.
Rice soils of the UP state were briefly presented by Dr. Brajendra, Sr. Scientist, DRR. He emphasized that due to severe problems of salinity affecting a large tracts of lands of Eastern UP, some key amendments methodologies have to be involved. He further asked the house to deliberate on district level area under salinity. He also made a simple classification strategies for the saline areas of UP.
For the topic of rice based farming system, Dr. Brajendra suggested a title correction of Rice based cropping systems to be discussed and for this rice based cropping system of UP, Dr. H. Tripathy, Director Research, NDUAT, submitted a detailed content in the form of a bulletin of whole UP state.
Post lunch session, started at 3:30 pm in which contents of nutrient recommendations, INM modules, package of practices in different zones of the state were discussed. Dr. Brajendra, Sr. Scientist, Soil Science moderated the discussions on various topics.
Two days technical session mostly deliberated on the content to be developed for the state of UP. The eminent experts gave several suggestions for the content improvement regarding state specific content of UP. They also mentioned about the available sources for content collection. The different technical sessions were moderated by Dr. B.N. Singh, Dr. Mangal Sain and Dr. Brajendra, and the names of the key persons were identified for compilation of contents for UP state. The meeting was concluded by vote of thanks By Dr. J.L.N Dwivedi on 27th March at 3:30 pm.