Imphal,Oct 1: In a move to integrate district climate change sensitive actions into the (SAPCC) version 2 (2020-2030) aligning with district environment plans, sustainable development goals and nationally determined contributions, a consultative workshop was held at the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Manipur centre in Imphal on Friday.
In the day's first session of the workshop, ICAR scientist Dr Saurav Saha made an online presentation from Sikkim on climate change in Manipur: Long term trend and rainfall distribution pattern analysis while Prof L Nabachandra Singh of Central Agricultural University(CAU) presented a talk on climate change impacts to agriculture and its allied sector in Manipur.
In the second session,Joint Director Dr I Meghachandra Singh of ICAR Manipur presented a talk on needs for climate resilient agriculture in Manipur while Joint Director Dr TBrajakumar Singh of Directorate of Environment & Climate Change delivered a talk on SAPCC version 2-Agriculture sector. Interaction sessions with nodal officers from Agriculture,Horticulture, Veterinary and Animal husbandry,Fishery and scientists from ICAR,CAU and Krishi Vigyan Kendras were also held soon after every presentation and deliberation with Advisor (SAPCC)Prof N Mohendro Singh(Retd) as the moderator.
Most of the speakers including the resource persons while sharing their views and observations expressed the need to take up necessary adaptation approaches in dealing with the climate change issues in the state in the coming days. Observing that agriculture is becoming difficult for the poor, they felt that the most effective way to address climate change is to adopt a sustainable development pathway. Suggesting for short duration economic crops, some even shared names of few climate resilient crops.
According to Joint Director Dr Brajakumar, the state authority is planning to revise the existing SAPCC into SAPCC version 2, considering the ongoing changes in climate. Altogether 22 state line departments, 42 resource persons from the state were consulted on eight different thematic sectors including agriculture to make 36 strategies and 96 actions while formalising the SAPCC in 2013.