Ludhiana, February 4, 2013: A brain storming workshop on “Climate Change and Sustainability of Agriculture” will be jointly organised by the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Punjab State Council for Science and Technology (PSCST), Chandigarh; and Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India; on February 6 in the University campus.
The Director of Research, Dr S.S. Gosal pointed out that the global climate change in terms of increase in temperature due to greenhouse gases and erratic rainfall is challenging the agriculture sustainability. In this direction, the PAU had started research work on developing climate resilient technologies under the Promotion of University Research and Scientific (PURSE) grant of DST, he informed. As a follow up, an initial proposal for the establishment of “Centre of Excellence on Climate Change” at PAU has been submitted to DST, told Dr Gosal, saying that it is in this context that the workshop is being organized to get the essential inputs from the stakeholders. The dedicated and concerted efforts are vital for the formulation of climate smart agriculture, required for sustaining national food security, he stated.
Giving programme details, Dr U.S. Sadana, Director, School of Climate Change and Agricultural Meteorology, said that during the technical session, the experts will speak on water balance and crop yield as influenced by climate scenario, impact of climate change on changing pest-disease scenario, and breeding climate resilient crop varieties. Besides the participation of the representatives of DST, PSCST, and PURSE project, the officials of the State Departments of Agriculture and Horticulture, PAU experts associated with the research on climate change, and the scientists from state agricultural universities are also expected to attend the workshop, he informed.