4. Drought Policy
Desirable features of drought weather codes of a sustainable framework are:
(i) Reliability of early warning systems for drought is a complex phenomenon and requires upgradation.
(ii) Creation of data bank for scenario of human, livestock, water resources, food/fodder supplies, natural resources etc. for major droughts in the past. Analysis of this information and experience should provide sound basis for future planning.
(iii) Billions of rupees are spent for drought mitigation in most of the years. This expenditure should lead significantly towards drought adaptations, mitigation/moderation and reduce vulnerability (poverty) in the future. This may require paradigm shift in the planning and implementation process.
(iv) Perennial component of vegetation may be expanded to improve resilience or robustness.
(v) Concept of farming system approach involving social capital of humans, livestock and other subsidiary income generating activities.
(vi) Utilizing potential of industrial and cash crops such as medicinal, oil yielding adapted to drought conditions to expand income and employment generating options.
Ministry of Agriculture, GOI.
Submitted by sugatha on Tue, 15/09/2009 - 13:26