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SAARC Agriculture Centre

Regional Training on smart agricultural water management interventions for enhancing water productivity and resilience in South Asia was conducted at ICAR- Indian Institute of Water Management, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India during 18 – 22 June, 2019.The programme was jointly organized by the SAARC Agriculture Centre, Dhaka, ICAR- Indian Institute of Water Management, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India with partnership of International Water Management Institute (IWMI), New Delhi, India . Mr. Kinzang Gyeltshen, Senior Programme Specialist, NRM and Ms. Fatema Nasrin Jahan, Senior Program Officer, NRM, Dhaka was the programme Coordinator and lead the SAARC delegation to Odisha, India.

The objectives of the training was to i) develop a team of master trainers on smart agricultural water management in the region and ii) Establish a network of practitioners of smart agricultural water management to continue exchange of knowledge and technology.

The opening session was graced by Honorable Chief Guest, Dr. P. K. Agrawal, Vice Chancellor, Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology, Guest of Honor Dr. A. K Sikka, Country Representative, International Water Management Institute (IWMI),Dr. S. K. Ambast, Director, Indian Institute of Water Management and all Directors of ICAR- Institutes stationed in Bhubaneswar.

This training was attended by 12 participantsfrom 7 SAARC Member States (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka) and the lecture of the training covers range of topics related to water management and water productivity, and how do we be resilient in the face of climate change. The details of lectures delivered are compiled in Training Manual of this important training. Apart from the lectures, participants of training went for one-day field visit to Rubber Check Dam site, Horticulture Research Centre and to Puri to see agricultural water management best practices. The closing session of the training was graced by Honorable Chief Guest, Dr. H. Pathak, Director, ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack by awarding of certificates and delivering important closing remarks related to water management and global issues.