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Disaster management in agriculture and allied sectors involves proactive planning and strategies to minimize the impact of natural or man-made disasters on crops, livestock, and the overall agricultural ecosystem. Understanding the vulnerabilities and potential risks faced by agriculture, including floods, droughts, storms, pests, and diseases. Developing early warning systems and preparedness plans to mitigate these risks. Promoting diverse crop cultivation to reduce the impact of disasters on a single crop. Developing and utilizing crop varieties that are resistant to pests, diseases, and extreme weather conditions. Implementing efficient water management practices such as rainwater harvesting, irrigation scheduling, and water-saving technologies to cope with droughts and water scarcity. Techniques like conservation tillage, contour farming, and agroforestry to prevent soil erosion and maintain soil fertility, especially during floods or heavy rainfall. Establishing shelter systems, vaccination programs, and breeding strategies to protect livestock during disasters. Ensuring their safety and minimizing loss is crucial for agricultural livelihoods. Formulating and implementing policies that support disaster-resilient agriculture, allocating resources for infrastructure development, research, and extension services. Facilitating rapid recovery by providing immediate relief, access to seeds, tools, and resources for replanting, and assisting in restoring damaged infrastructure. The Off Campus training programme was organized at Puri District , Odisha from 21st – 24th November 2023.During ice breaking makes the participant officers move freely in interacting with each other and to participate actively in the discussions during conduct of the programmes. Management games in team work made the participants. Water brigade was the game played by the participants to transfer water in the form of human chain by using various materials envisaging to know about importance of judicious use of recourses by not wasting water while they are transferring through their own team members and keeping in view the importance of time in fulfilling the task i.e filling the bottle kept at the end of human chain Another game with balloons made the participants to identify the unique taints of fellow trainees based on the name a particular trainee got and was written on the balloons which he got, based on the interaction they made before staring the game. Hence by playing these games the participants became freely mix with each other. During field visit, visited Keutajanga village of Sisua gram Panchayat of Astaranga Block of Puri District (Odisha).During field visit, Major technologies showcased to the trainees: The Keutajanga Saline Embankment started from Natara and ended near village Keutajanga covering the homestead and cultivable lands of Natara & Keutajanga in Astaranga Block of Puri district. The deep channel of river Prachi is very closed to Keutajanga saline embankment at many places in meandering condition and also very closed to the confluence point of Bay of Bengal & Prachi River for which it has been scouring the saline embankment severely and at many places it is completely wash out. To protect the live and properties of the local villagers, earlier the Water Resources Department has made many temporary protections works by providing bullah piling and sand bag packing in river side of the embankment. Such process has been continuing since more than 20 years which is most costly and temporary measures only. Further the profile is neither in regular shape nor motorable. Considering the above facts, the Government of India & Govt. of Odisha has taken steps to protect the saline embankments in the coastal district of Odisha from the NCRMP grant in year 2011 This saline embankment has been strengthened under the NCRMP funded by World Bank which has been raised and strengthened from the normal High Tide Line. For slope protection from the possible erosion, the sea side/ river side slope is provided by Gabion filled with granite stone over the Geo textile filter, beside the country side slope is provided by dub grass turfing. How the visit will be useful to trainees at back home situation. During hands on training, how we need to plan well before a disaster considering the history and trends of the hazards, disasters that are likely to affect in future, risk and vulnerability analysis, resource mobilization and management for preparing action plans and various recovery, reconstruction and mitigation measures can be the essential areas where the trainees can work in an innovative manner towards resilient community and State. During inauguration, Sri.Pramil Kumar Swain, Director, IMAGE participated and advises trainees about the Disaster Managements in Agri and Allied Sectors. A total of 30 trainees participated from Dept. of Agriculture, Odisha. The programme highlighted the importance of renewable energy and the speakers were best to explain deeper insight of the subject. The field visits are meticulously planned to expose best options. Visit to Jawahar agar dumping yard was excellent and mega generation of green energy from the waste was worth seeing. The programme was coordinated by Dr. K. Madhu Babu, Professor, EEI, Hyderabad. The Cost of training programme of Rs.75,000.00.

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