Jalore, 5th June, 2012
Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Jalore celebrated World Environment Day on June 5, 2012 in which Chief Guest Sh. Devji M. Patel, Member of Parliament said that 58 percent of total population is earning livelihood from agriculture in India. He said that KVK, research centres and agriculture departments of state should work jointly to provide momentum to agricultural development in the district. KVK is the school of farmers for learning new agro-techniques for their livelihood security and improving the production and productivity of crops and livestock. Such camps should be organized in every Panchayat Samiti, he added.
Dr. Y. V. Singh, Zonal Project Director of Zonal Project Directorate, Zone-VI said that KVKs have different roles than state government operated extension departments. KVKs are working as knowledge resource centres in the districts to provide technological backstopping by conducting demonstration at farmers fields. Now, emphasis is given on farmers’ FIRST programme to bring scientists to work with farmers and resolve their problems. Some of the KVKs have to work as specialized KVKs to act as leading centre in a cluster of 5-6 KVKs.
Dr. P. N. Kalla, Director, Directorate of Extension Education, Swami Keshwanand Rajasthan Agricultural University, Bikaner said that seeds of moong, clusterbean are being provided to the farmers to replace the traditional variety with high yielding cultivars. Diagnostic mobile van to analyse soil and plant samples and treat animals will operate in all 13 Panchayat Samiti for one month where three scientists in the disciplines of soil sciences, plant protection and animal husbandry are working, he informed.
Sh. Chuni Lal Saini, District Collector and Sh. P. R. Pandit, Chief Officer of Zilla Parishad enlightened the farmers on various schemes launched by centre and state government in the district for the benefit of the farmers. Large number of farmers, farm women and nearly 50 agricultural officials of KVKs, SAUs and line departments participated in the celebration.
(Source: Zonal Project Directorate, Zone-VI, Jodhpur, Rajasthan)