Role of KVK highlighted......ICAR regional committee meeting concludes

Jammu, 12 June 2010 [हिन्दी]

THE XXI regional committee no. 1 of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) concluded on Saturday at She-E-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Jammu, with more emphasis on the role of KVKs in providing farming solutions to farmers.

Addressing the meeting Secretary, DARE and Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Dr. S. Ayyappan urged agricultural institutes and KVKs to “make the farmer better than he is today.” Dr. Ayyappan interfaced with Programme Coordinators of KVKs from states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttrakhand and sought details of innovations, extension activities, technologies transferred, technical, administrative and financial issues suggesting action points. Promising introduction of more awards for well performing KVKs, he said that ICAR is considering introducing 3 months orientation programme for scientists who are posted to KVKs.

National Director, NAIP, Dr Bangali Baboo said that KVKs should not restrict dissemination of technologies only from affiliated organization, but should also cater other agricultural institutes. Dr H.P Singh, DDG, Horticulture, ICAR, emphasized on adoption of latest technologies for cultivation of horticulture crops. Terming drought as biggest challenge, Dr A.K Singh, DDG, Natural Resource Management, called for the need to maximize benefit from monsoon by establishing water sheds and rain water harvesting sheds in this region. Dr Kiran D Kokate, DDG, Agri Extension, ICAR, said that KVKs should device out training strategies for farmers in their area. He also called for need for better communication and e-connectivity between KVKs. Dr. B. Mishra, Vice-Chancellor SKUAT, hoped that deliberations would prove useful in changing face of Indian agriculture in near future.

(Source: NAIP sub-project on Mass Media Mobilization, DIPA and CIPHET)