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Comments and recommendations from stakeholders:
Dr.Kota Tirupataiah,IFS. Government of Andhra Pradesh. Director General, WALAMTARI, Hyderabad
"I felt that the stakeholders' workshop arranged at Coimbatore on the 21st Feb was a fantastic idea and it was organized very well. As I said, the number could have been a little less but it was OK. I also felt that in addition to myself, some more staff and a few farmers from AP could have been there for the workshop to meet with their TN counterparts and learn new things. As I requested, we may have exposure visit for the AP staff and farmers of AP to TN sometime soon (before the next kharif season 2011)."
Mr.Sanjay Gupta, IFS, Commissioner and Special Secretary, Department of Medium Irrigation and CAD, Government of Andhra Pradesh
"From my interaction so far, I am confident that the ClimaRice and Climawater projects would be able to contribute to strengthen the link between the national and international research organisations, state government agencies, and farmers and can bring in the international expertise and experience to support the ongoing efforts of state government for better understanding of the changes associated with climate change, equip the farmers and government functionaries to adapt and mitigate the impacts of the climate change in water and agriculture sectors"
At the Climarice Farmers Capacity Building workshop organized in Jonnalagadda village, Guntur, on the 31st August, 2010, Mr. K. Pulla Reddy, Joint director of Agriculture, Department of Agriculture, Guntur district., Andhra Pradesh, stated:
" The initiatives being taken up in Cimarice project are very relevant to the region and in particular to address farmers problems, suffering from impacts due to extreme weather events. Capacity building and increasing awareness of farmers and stakeholders is essential to understand the climate change impacts and improve adaptive capacity"
Principal Secretary, Minor Irrigation and CADA, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, CADA office, Hyderabad, India:
"We need simple adaptation frameworks and measures that can be readily implemented by our farmers. I would suggest to the project team to work on measures that are local specific, for e.g. micro-nutrient deficiency, cropping systems, WUE improvement, etc. that could help in improving agricultural production"
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Comments from farmers group discussion in Rangareddy palem and from socio- econimic survey in Ghanapur village, Kulcharam Mandal, Medak District, Andhra Pradesh:
"We are not aware how the crop insurance premium is calculated and how the compensation is provided. We would like to know the related information. It is also important to incorporate the pest and disease damage in insurance schemes as it is influenced and a part of climate of change".17.02.2010
The Norwegian Minister of Agriculture, Lars Peder Brekk:
"Norway and India share a common interest to be equipped to face the serious issue of food security brought about by climate change. We need to cooperate and share experiences of workable solutions. We need to promote dialogue between farmers, researchers and all the other stakeholders in order to have environmentally sustainable technology that can produce flexible measures for climate adaption to meet the needs of the farmers under different local conditions.
From what I have seen the past two days, I think ClimaRice is a good example of how this can be done. I have been warmly received by of farmers, women's groups, technical officers and other stakeholders. Their enthusiastic engagement is a key to success for the projects. I salute in particular the role of the women. Without women, no agriculture. Without women these projects cannot succeed."
Excerpt from speech held in India, on the 17th of February 2010.
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Comments from farmers group discussions in two villages in the Guntur District in Andhra Pradesh: Atmakuru village, Mangalagiri mandal and Rangareddy palem, Narasaropet Mandal:
"Technologies recommended by researchers are not suitable to our soils. For instance, In SRI (System of Rice Intensification), weeding, leveling and timely supply of canal water according to the requirement are the major constraints we are facing. Hence we need technologies or measures that are suitable to our local conditions".
The main emphasis of the ClimaRice project is to develop local ownership through active participation of stakeholders in the design, implementation and management of adaptation strategies to ensure the sustainability of rice production.
ClimaRice project team members and embassy staff at the Nagarjuna Sagar Dam, Andhra Pradesh, India. The Project has partners from India, USA and Norway and is funded by the MFA/Norwegian Embassy in India.
Farmer participation is a crucial part of the ClimaRice Project and the project team is constantly engaged in stakeholder discussions to frame the project research activities and achieve greater sustainability.
Preparation and raising techniques of mat nursery being explained and demonstrated to farmers in Tamil Nadu. The ClimaRice project emphasizes women's important role in agriculture and works with Self Help Groups to empower women through capacity building.
Project team interacting with farmers in Andhra Pradesh. One of the major focus areas of the project is capacity building and training of stakeholders to increase their knowledge about climate change, impacts and adaptation.
Capacity building at the Farmers Training Center in Karur District. Farmers are trained on soil sampling, quality seed selection, seed germination test and seed treatment with biologicals.
Norway`s Minister of Agriculture and Food, Lars Peder Brekk, visited the project in India in February 2010. He complemented the projects achievements and its focus on promoting dialogue between farmers, researchers and policymakers. Photo by LMD
The first ClimaRice II Capacity building workshop on climate change adaptation technologies: Farmers were exposed to SRI methods, use of mechanical weeders and interpretation of weather parameters for farm decision making.