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Climate change is likely to threaten the food security and livelihoods of millions of people in India. Models generally predict that rising temperatures,increased climate variability and extreme weather events could significantly impact food production in the coming decades impacting the growth of agricultural GDP. Several areas have been recognized as being predominantly risk prone to the impacts of climate change. Even the production from the marine ecosystem is likely to be affected due to warming of sea surface temperatures. Recent climatic events like cold wave, heat wave, drought, and floods have demonstrated the significant potential of weather factors to influence the production of food crops like rice, wheat and pluses, eventually leading the shortages and increased prices.

      It is, therefore important that we enhance the resilience of Indian Agricultural Production System to climatic variability and climate chance. Resilience is the capability of the production system to resist the negative impacts of climate change and also the capacity to recover quickly after the damage. This scheme has been formulated to develop region specific improved technologies that would enhance the resilience of Indian agriculture to climate chance.

      The proposal attempts to develop and popularize climate resilient technological agriculture which will address vulnerable areas of country. The outputs of the scheme will help the districts and regions prone to extreme weather conditions like droughts, floods, frost, heat waves, etc. to cope up with climate variability.

 


Technical Program:

  • Screening rice genotypes including wild species for heat tolerance & nitrogen use efficiency and developing tolerant breeding lines
  • Influence of higher CO2 and temperature on biology of Brown Plant Hopper (BPH) including development, fecundity, heritability and adaptation