National Network Project on Climate Change
New Delhi. Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has taken up a National Network Project on Climate Change to conduct research in agriculture and allied sectors for enhancing scientific adaptation and mitigation measures. Studies conducted so far by ICAR indicate that rise in temperature in India will affect crops, horticulture, water resources, livestock and fisheries sectors. Studies have also indicated that rise in winter temperature will have negative impact on wheat yield. The cultivation of apples is also shifting to higher elevations in Himachal Pradesh due to rise in temperature. Heat stress will have negative impact on milk yield of livestock. Increased surface sea temperature would cause migration of fish and changes in breeding habitats. This information was given by Prof. K.V. Thomas, Minister of State for Agriculture in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha.