The International Rice Research Institute South Asia Regional Centre (ISARC) in Varanasi, India organized a capacity development training program on conservation agriculture on 25-26 July. The training, Regenerative Agriculture Program, was organized for Bayer Crop Science Limited for farmers and technical staff from Madhya Pradesh.
The event aimed to train extension workers, field staff, and farmers with knowledge and skills in conservation agriculture for rice-based systems. The topics included supporting and implementing regenerative agriculture practices in - and landscape-based conservation agriculture and zero-tillage farming in conjunction with residue mulching, cover cropping, integrated nutrient and pest management, complex rotations, integration of crops with trees and livestock, and direct-seeded rice.
Bayer Crop Science officials expressed prospective plans to organize more field days in collaboration with IRRI to train more participants on the practical application of machinery and technologies.
“IRRI’s message on implementing conservation agriculture practices should be disseminated to their fellow farmers by the farmers who are attending the training here’ said Irfan Khan, product manager of Food Value Chain and Sustainability Initiative at Bayer Crop Science. “More efforts shall be made to demonstrate the learnings showcased here on field and plots of farmers.”
The program was inaugurated by Mr. Khan, Naveen Kumar Puttalingaiah, regional manager at Green Coffee Origin Intelligence-Nestle, Sudhanshu Singh, director of ISARC, Dr. Gopesh Tewari, head of IRRI Education, and Dr. Pardeep Sagwal, an agronomist at IRRI.
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