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A State Level Virtual Interface Meeting on Enhancing the Preparedness for Agriculture Contingencies during kharif 2023 for Andhra Pradesh was jointly organized by ICAR-Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture, Hyderabad and Department of Agriculture, Government of Andhra Pradesh was held on 10th May 2023. Sri. Gopala Krishna Dwivedi, Chief Commissioner, Rytu Bharosa Kendras and Pr. Secretary, Dept of Agri , Sri C Hari Kiran, Special Commissioner, Dept of Agriculture, Govt of AP, Dr. V.K. Singh, Director, ICAR-CRIDA, Dr. L Prasanti, Director (Res), ANGRAU, Representatives of ICAR institutes located in AP, District Agriculture Officers of various districts, Project Coordinators of KVKs, Scientist of AICRPDA, AICRPAM, Anantapur, Scientists from ICAR-CRIDA attended the meeting.

Dr K.V. Rao Presented the seasonal rainfall forecast by SASCOF & IMD, monthly rainfall forecasts by IMD (June& July) and discussed with officials and scientists about implications. The district officials presented the contingency plans for their respective districts in the event of insufficient rainfall at different time periods and projected the requirement of various inputs.

Considering the probable state of rainfall during June, July and whole season, suggestions were to monitor the sown areas, precautions to be taken up for unsown areas, plan for alternate crops in canal command areas in case of delay or insufficient flows in canals.

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