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A BISA-CIMMYT, CCAFS and Maharashtra Government Initiative

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 Farm Implement Distribution- Ghadchiroli,

Additionally, to provide real-time agro-advisories, ICT services play important role, particularly in a changing climate pattern when farmers often require crucial advices from experts. To provide weather forecast including extreme events, warning related to pest and disease outbreak, modern technologies, certification, market, insurance, schemes – mobile based ICT service is one of the most effective model. BISA in collaboration with IKSL (IFFCO Kishan Sanchar Ltd.) is rolling out a mobile based ICT service to provide agro-advisories to the enrolled farmers in Gadciroli along with Palghar and Pune districts. The service will be constantly monitored and upgraded as required to fit with the requirements of the all enrolled farmers in the due course.

An event was organized on 8th June, 2017 by BISA-CIMMYT and Govt. of Maharashtra in Gadchiroli to distribute farming machineries to promote climate smart agriculture. In a variable climate pattern, new technologies are essential to adapt, improve productivity and ensure low emission. The focus of the event was to promote climate smart agricultural practices. The event was chaired by Project Officers, Shri More and Shri Latarkar from Ettapalli and Aheri respectively along with Dr P. Naik from BISA-CIMMYT. More than three hundred farmers were participated from twenty villages of Aheri and Ettapalli talukas.

The officials discussed the relevance and importance of climate smart technologies in the context of climate change. They advocated the use of low cost input technology and discussed its influence in the pattern of farming practices in Aheri and Etapalli Talukas. It was discussed that technologies such as direct seeding in paddy cultivation, crop rotation practices for sustainable agriculture should be adapted instead of keeping the land fallow in the Rabi season.

Adoption of farm mechanization for precision agriculture is important. Some of major farm equipment’s viz., multi-crop planter, battery/manually operated sprayer and brush cutters were quite convincing to the farmers who showed keen enthusiasm. These equipment’s were distributed to twenty farmers’ group as an encouraging gesture. It is expected that in the due course more farmers would be inspired to take up such machine oriented package for better agricultural practices.

Agro insurance schemes such as Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) is one of the most essential component to protect farmers from uncertainties of adverse climatic impact. BISA enrolled 500 non-loanee farmers for insurance for Rabi 2016-17 season and in the process to enroll more farmers in Kharif 2017 season.

 

 

A BISA-CIMMYT, CCAFS and Maharashtra Government Initiative

Written by bisaadministrator. Posted in News, News Happenings

Climate Smart Villages in Maharashtra

On June 04, 2017 Shri Vishnu Savara, Hon’ble Minister, Dept. of Tribal Development. Govt. of Maharashtra chaired an event in Jawhar, Palghar Distrct. The event was co-chaired by Shri R. G. Kulkarni, IAS, Commissioner, Dept. of Tribal Development. Govt. of Maharashtra and Dr Arun K Joshi, Director, BISA-CIMMYT. The focus of the event was to promote climate smart agricultural practices. In a variable climate pattern, new technologies are essential to adapt, improve productivity and ensure low emission.

The event was organized to distribute agricultural machineries to the tribal farmers in Palghar district of Maharashtra as a part of larger programme entitled “Climate Smart Villages in Maharashtra”. The programme is being implemented by BISA-CIMMYT (Borlaug Institute for South Asia – International Wheat and Maize Improvement Center), CCAFS (Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security) and supported by Dept. of Tribal Development, Govt. of Maharashtra.

 

“Quote from Minister”

Shri Vishnu Savara Hon’ble Minister, Dept. of Tribal Development, Govt. of Maharashtra

You can’t build a peaceful world on empty stomachs and human misery.”

Norman Borlaug

In three districts of Maharashtra, namely Palghar, Gadchiroli and Pune the programme is being implemented in 1000 primary/ skilled-up villages of 11 talukas. Total 100 village clusters (each cluster consisting of 1 primary village and 9 skilled-up villages) have been identified in these districts.

In 100 primary villages farmers groups are formed to mobilize tribal farmers too adapt climate smart agricultural practices. Large quantities of quality seed of primary crops and other inputs are being supplied to the tribal farmers in the selected areas. Additionally simple and effective technologies such as zero tillage, direct seeded rice etc. are being promoted to ensure productivity with low cost interventions.

To provide real-time agro-advisories, ICT services play important role, particularly in a changing climate pattern when farmers often require crucial advices from experts. To provide weather forecast including extreme events, warning related to pest and disease outbreak, modern technologies, certification, market, insurance, schemes – mobile based ICT service is one of the most effective model. BISA in collaboration with IKSL (IFFCO Kishan Sanchar Ltd.) is rolling out a mobile based ICT service to provide agro-advisories to the enrolled farmers in three districts. In the Kharif 2017 season total 4,000 farmers are selected for the service. The service will be constantly monitored and upgraded as required to fit with the requirements of the all enrolled farmers in the due course.

Agro insurance schemes such as Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) is one of the most essential component to protect farmers from uncertainties of adverse climatic impact. BISA enrolled 500 non-loanee farmers for insurance for Rabi 2016-17 season and in the process to enroll more farmers in Kharif 2017 season.

 

Vacancy Announcement for Communication Professional

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Communication Professional

The Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA) is a non-profit international research institute dedicated to food, nutrition and livelihood security as well as environmental rehabilitation in South Asia, which is home to more than 300 million undernourished people. BISA is a collaborative effort involving CIMMYT and the Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR). Please refer to this website for more information: http://bisa.org/

Vacancy Announcement- Project Coordinator (Agronomy), BISA, New Delhi

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The Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA) is a non-profit international research institute dedicated to food, nutrition and livelihood security as well as environmental rehabilitation in South Asia, which is home to more than 300 million undernourished people. BISA is a collaborative effort involving CIMMYT and the Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR). Please refer to this website for more information: http://bisa.org/

We are seeking dynamic, innovative, self-motivated, and service-oriented professionals for the position of Project Coordinator (Agronomy) depending on the experience and qualifications of the successful candidate, to work within the Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA).

The position will be based at Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA) Delhi.

Specific duties:

® Facilitate the project team in identification, prioritization and development of portfolios of climate smart interventions based on farming systems in different agro-ecological zones of India.

® Facilitate local partners and form partnerships among a wide range of public and private organizations, farmers, educational and research institutions to design and implementation of wide range of Climate Smart Agricultural (CSA) practices, technologies and services in the project locations.

® Contribute in developing and improving local training materials, Climate Smart Village (CSV) implementation guidelines and approaches for implementing CSA in coordination/collaboration with governmental organization, local NGOs, farmers and the private sector.

® Monitor activities and develop strategies and methods to qualify the impacts of climate smart agricultural technologies in the project areas.

® Coordinate technical support and field activities assigned to the project areas.

® Develop a record and report the performed tasks and achieved results.

® Be responsible for administration, budgets, financial transactions etc. in the project areas supported by an Administrative Assistant and in liaison with the Project Coordinator.

® Write report on development of climate smart villages, impact of CSA interventions and evaluation of different

models of CSVs.

® Contribute into the other activities as assigned by the supervisor.

We are seeking candidates with the following academic qualifications, experience, skills and attitudes:

® Master Degree or Ph.D. in Agriculture (e.g. Crop Science, Water management or equivalent Technical degree requiring 4 or more years study.

® 5 years of field experience after the professional degree or 3 years at a similar position – requires conceptual

knowledge of theories, practices and procedures within a discipline.

® Advanced knowledge on project management and M&E activities.

® Knowledge on climate change, climate smart agriculture and adaptation/mitigation is plus.

® Basic managerial competence.

The position is for an initial fixed-term contract of 1 year, after which further employment is subject to performance and the continued availability of funds. BISA offers an attractive remuneration package, with a range of benefits including health insurance.

Email cover letter and CV no later than Tuesday, 28 February, 2017 to Human Resources, CIMMYT-BISA.

(Email: recruitindia@cgiar.org / Please insert Position Reference: Project Coordinator (Agronomy) in the subject of your email)

This position will remain open until filled. Women are encouraged to apply.

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted. CIMMYT/BISA is an equal opportunity employer. It fosters a multicultural work environment that values gender equality, teamwork, and respect for diversity.