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An awareness programme was conducted at Bachra Pahad, Chouldhari under Gramin Krishi Mousam Seva (GKMS) on 23/03/2023 by ICAR-CIARI, Port Blair. GKMS provides Agro Advisory Services to the Island farmers in English and Hindi and covers all the three districts of A& N Islands. GKMS unit of CIARI receives forecast from IMD at district and block level and prepares bulletin after getting advisories from expert members for three district and nine blocks in English as well as Hindi twice in a week. Experts from CIARI, Port Blair, PRI member of the ward and 30 farmers were participated in the awareness programme. Welcome address was given by Mr. Tapan Kumar Biswas, T.O., GKMS. Dr. T.Subarami, Sr. Scientist and PI, GKMS briefed about Agro Advisory services and discussed about management of prevailing extreme hot weather in different crops. The soil moisture stress managements and water conservation were discussed by Dr. Sirisha Admala, Scientist, ICAR-CIARI, Port Blair. Hot weather managements for livestock were discussed by Dr. Perumal, Sr. Scientist, ICAR-CIARI. During the programme Mr. Tapan Kumar Biswas, T.O., briefed about different apps developed under Ministry of Earth science Viz., Meghdooth app and Damini app and informed the farmers about SMS services through mkisan portal, WhatsApp groups and YouTube video developed by GKMS, NRM-Division. The programme was concluded after discussion and getting feedback from the farmers.

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