Agriculture sector alone represents 23 per cent of India’s Gross National Product (GNP), plays a crucial role in the country’s development and shall continue to occupy an important place in the national economy. It sustains the livelihood of nearly 70% of the population. It seems obvious that any significant change in climate on a global scale will impact local agriculture, and therefore affect the world’s food supply. The problems of predicting the future course of agriculture in the changing world are compounded by the fundamental complexity of natural agricultural systems, and socio-economic systems governing the world food supply and demand. Changes in the temperature, solar radiation, and precipitation will have an effect on crop productivity and livestock agriculture. Keeping in view this need an Off-campus training programme on ‘Climate Smart Extension for Profitable Agriculture’ was conducted, to development officers of Tamilnadu from 25th-28th September 2018.
The programme was well organized with sessions on Climate Smart Extension for Profitable Agriculture: An Overview, Climate smart ITKs for Profitable Agriculture, Effects of climate change and Variability on Agriculture, Farmers Attitude and Adaptation Measures towards climate change, Communication Skills for Professional Excellence, Climate Resilient Technologies and Strategies and Contingency Planning to Cope up with Climate change