Monsoon action plan - 2015: village level contingency plans for climate resilience in agriculture
The Technology Demonstration Component of NICRA, implemented by 121 Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs), addresses climate vulnerabilities in identified 50 drought-prone target districts spread across 17 States. The monsoon action plan essentially deals with village level contingency measures in field crops to tackle likely scenarios of delay in onset of monsoon and deficit rainfall situations. The contingency plan for the normal crops in the village entails demonstration of short duration varieties of the main crop in case of delay in planting, and demonstration of alternate crop in case of delay beyond cutoff sowing date for e.g., 15th July or later. Also, to cope with deficit rainfall conditions, demonstration of several drought proofing contingency measures related to crop, soil moisture, nutrient and water management are included in the plans.