Climate Literacy Workshop Conducted for Farmers by NABARD
National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) organised a Climate Literacy Technical Workshop on the Krishi Vigyan Kendra premises, Sandhiyur near here, recently, As part of the Climate Literacy Campaign in progress in the Salem district.
The effects of climate change could be off-set by increasing the green cover, said A.Periyasamy, District Forest Officer, Salem.
More than 30 % of the total area in each district needed to be covered by forests and the Department of Forests was implementing a massive plantation programme to increase the forest cover. Also, saplings were being provided to individuals free of cost, and about 4,000 saplings were ready for distribution. By totally avoiding plastics, recharge of groundwater could be ensured, he added.
A.Bhama Buvaneswari, Assistant General Manager, NABARD, said that, five climate literacy village level and two school level awareness events were conducted in Mecheri block. This workshop was being conducted to create awareness amongst farmers, as climate change had a direct impact on agriculture and animal husbandry.
The programme was attended by farmers from 11 farmers producers companies, ATMA, beneficiaries of NABARD’s Tribal Development and Watershed Projects and representatives from Producers Organisation Promoting Institutions and NGOs and interns from the Namakkal Veterinary College.
A booklet on “Climate Change and Agriculture” prepared by NABARD, covering the causes and effects of climate change and the best practices in agriculture to cope up with climate change, was released and handed over to the farmers.