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23rd October 2013, Bengaluru
Eighth National Conference on KVK-2013 was inaugurated today at GKVK Campus, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru.
In his address, Chief Guest of the function Shri Hans Raj Bhardwaj, Hon’ble Governor of Karnataka appreciated the UAS, Bengaluru for recognizing innovative and young farmers at district and taluka level. He expressed his concern for small farm holders who are facing greater challenges because of climate change and urged scientists to provide help and scientific solutions to them. Shri Bhardwaj also congratulated the University for getting the prestigious ‘Sardar Patel Outstanding ICAR Institution Award’ and six other awards during this year.
“India has emerged as a major player in international market and contributed immensely towards stabilization of world food prices and KVKs played a major role in this success”, said Shri Sharad Pawar, Minister of Agriculture and Food Processing Industries, Government of India while inaugurating the Conference. “During the last nine years, government has given top most priority to strengthen and structure KVK as an innovative institutional model of frontline extension. The twelfth plan support will further strengthen KVKs qualitatively in the form of well developed farms, IT facilities, laboratories and processing facilities.” he added.
Shri Pawar complemented ICAR for hosting the conference at the UAS, Bengaluru and appreciated University for celebrating its Golden Jubilee year and for winning the coveted Sardar Patel Best Institute Award of ICAR for the second time. He also conferred National Best KVK Award to KVK, Nimpith, West Bengal on the occasion.
Shri Siddaramaiah, Chief Minister, Karnataka appreciated ICAR for organizing national conference on KVK every year to create a common platform to exchange the farm technologies, innovative models of extension and experience of implementing outreach programmes. On this occasion, he released four publications, ‘Souvenir of the 8th National Conference on KVK’, ‘KVK Puducherry- Four decades of service’, ‘Harnessing Pulses Productivity’ and ‘Proceedings of the 7th National Conference on KVK’ held at Ludhiana. Shri Siddaramaiah also felicitated two outstanding farmers Smt. Channamma, Bangalore Rural District, Karnataka from Zone-VIII and Shri Pratap R. Chiplunkar, Kolhapur, Maharashtra from Zone-V for their significant contributions.
Shri T.B. Jayachandra, Minister of Animal Husbandry, Government of Karnataka; Shri Krishna Byre Gowda, Minister of Agriculture, Government of Karnataka were also present on the occasion and delivered their valuable remarks.
Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR and Shri Ashish Bahuguna, Secretary, Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India appreciated the role of KVK in transforming Indian Agriculture through technology interventions and timely advisories.
In his speech, Dr. K.D. Kokate, Deputy Director General (Extension), ICAR briefed the gathering about agenda of the conference. He said that the KVKs function as district level science-based knowledge and resource centre which help strengthening extension science content apart from dovetailing agricultural technologies suiting to the conditions of especially small farms and to smallholders.
Dignitaries presented Best Zonal KVK awards to KVK Mandi, Zone-I, KVK Birauli, Zone-II, KVK Senapati Hengbung, Zone-III, KVK Dehradun, Zone-IV, KVK Pune, Zone-V, KVK Sirohi, Zone-VI, KVK Kanker, Zone-VII and KVK Bangalore Rural, Zone-VIII.
Earlier, Dr. K. Narayana Gowda, Vice Chancellor, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru welcomed the dignitaries and remarked on the importance of this conference.
A technology exhibition was also arranged to showcase the latest technologies of ICAR institutes, Agricultural Universities, farm innovators and farm entrepreneurs. The folk artists and rural artisans related to agriculture are also participating in the event.
The 3-day (23-25 October, 2013) National Conference on Krishi Vigyan Kendra–2013 is being jointly organized by University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru and Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi. The main theme of the conference is ‘Sustainable intensification of smallholder Farms’. The National Conference provide an excellent platform for all the KVKs in the country to meet and share their experience through presentations, deliberations and discussions which will provide necessary guidance for re orientation of KVKs activities to convert and develop them as resource and develop them as resource and knowledge centres for betterment of the farming community.
Dr. S. Prabhu Kumar, Zonal Project Director, Zone-VIII proposed the vote of thanks.
(Source: NAIP Mass Media Project, DKMA, ICAR)