Times of India: How climate smart agriculture can fortify TN’s parched fields

Farmers in most parts of the country do not know about the water requirement of each crop.

At a time when the state is reeling under severe drought, water expert Giriraj Amarnath, recommends effective water management techniques, integrated farming and use of clean energy in farming to overcome hurdles posed by water scarcity. Also a research group leader in water risks and disasters, at the International Water Management Institute in Sri Lanka, Amarnath in an interview with TOI says India can build better resilience systems for farmers through improved knowledge and advance warning

What are the problems caused by unscientific agricultural practices?

It affects sustainability. Sustainable farming operations preserve and protect watersheds and improve soil health and water quality through climate smart agriculture (CSA) which can tackle three main objectives — sustainably increasing agricultural productivity and income; adapting and building resilience to climate change; and reducing and/or removing greenhouse gas emissions, where possible.


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