IMPHAL, Aug 26: There will be a shortage of food if anything affects agricultural activities in a country where people depend heavily on agriculture, stated Manipur University Vice-Chancellor Prof H Nandakumar Sharma while speaking as the president of an awareness programme on ‘Climate change in Agriculture’ at the premises of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research in Lamphel today. The awareness programme was organised under the guidance of National Initiative on Climate Resilient Agriculture.
Scientists are finding ways to curb climate change and will eventually succeed, he said, however, the main difficulty is controlling natural calamities which are unpredictable. Predicting climate is way too difficult, he added.
Prof Nandakumar said deforestation, the world over, has led climatic uncertainty, manifesting in unnaturally heavy rains, droughts etc. One of the major reasons for such cumulative effect on the climate is energy production, power generation etc, he added.
The Vice-Chancellor of MU further stated that there are lots of fluctuations in climate, so there is a need to find out the crops which can grow in different kinds of climate.
The awareness programme graced by the State Agricultural Minister Abdul Nasir as the chief guest was attended by many cultivators from various districts of the State. A demonstration of various machines, followed by discussions, was also conducted as part of the programme.