With over 500 islands, the Andaman & Nicobar region has witnessed a series of extreme weather events which have impacted farming, one of the key income sources for the local people. Waterlogging, salt deposits, erratic rainfall, water shortage and limited land area are challenges for practising agriculture in the islands. The Central Island Agricultural Research Institute (CIARI), worked with farmers to implement land shaping, a climate-resilient solution. The video portrays farming challenges, agro-ecological approach to solutions and the impact on productivity, natural resources and income. The Andaman & Nicobar islands, one of the Union Territories of India, are a group of islands between the Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal. The islands receive over 3000 cubic mm rainfall every year. Despite this, the islands face water shortage in summer. After the 2004 tsunami, there was land subduction. This led to increased and fluctuating salinity. Similarly, heavy rainfall led to severe waterlogging. For many years after the tsunami, farmers were unable to grow anything on the land. There are no canals, dams or borewells here and agriculture is completely rain-fed. Farmers have been facing crop damage with frequent cyclones and erratic rainfall due to the El Nino effect in recent […]


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