The Association of Agrometeorologists (AAM) in partnership with Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University (CCS HAU), Hisar is organizing a 'National Seminar on Agrometeorology for Sustainable Development with special emphasis on Agrometeorological Practices for Climate Resilient Farming and Food Security (AGMET-2017)' during October 12-14, 2017 at CCS HAU Hisar. CCS HAU named after India's 7th Prime Minister, is one of the biggest Agricultural Universities in Asia. The University is a leading institute of higher learning, research and outreach in agriculture and allied sectors in India and has significantly contributed to Green and White Revolutions in 1970s and 80s, respectively. Since 1970, there have been significant advances in research, teaching and extension by the creation of state of art infrastructure at main campus and outstations as well. CCS HAU was bestowed with Best Institute Award by Indian Council of Agricultural Research in 1997.
Agriculture plays an important role in the social and economic life of people in India, and will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Today agriculture accounts for about 14 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 11 percent of exports. Agriculture today faces several challenges. Some of the sectoral challenges since the last decade or so include: a slowdown in growth, increased exposure to world commodity price volatility, degradation of the natural resource base, rapid and widespread decline in the groundwater table, land fragmentation, lack of extension services, and the indebtedness of farmers. Weather and climate variability and change can significantly impact farmers. With approximately 60 percent of Indian agriculture being rain fed and dependent on the vagaries of the monsoons, the climate will be a major determinant of agricultural production.
India being a hotspot for climate change and having 15 broad agro-climatic zones and 127 sub-zones, the impact of climate variability and change on agriculture will vary from region to region and from crop to crop. Solutions should address the twin challenges: adaptation to climate variability and change and sustainability of the resource base with increase in productivity, to meet future food security demands. Agrometeorology can contribute significantly and meaningfully to the sustainable development.
To prepare us for the future, there is urgent need to integrate and make it a habit to utilize all such vast agrometeorological practices available for climate resilient farming so as to attain the food security. The seminar is expected to provide a platform for leading agricultural scientists and young researchers to present their latest interventions, exchange their research ideas and share their experiences for climate resilient farming under looming threat of climate change and variability. The subject of agrometeorology and allied disciplines has great potential to contribute towards climate resilient farming and food security.