Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR visited ATARI, Kanpur

13th March, 2016, Kanpur

Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary, DARE & Director General, ICAR visited ICAR- Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Kanpur today. Dr. Mohapotra appreciated the efforts of KVKs at the district level for technology assessment and frontline demonstration. He stressed on effective linkage of trained farmers to various value chains of a given commodity or enterprise in which the entrepreneurial training was imparted.

Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR visited ATARI, KanpurSecretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR visited ATARI, Kanpur

He suggested three guiding framework for effective performance of KVK. Firstly, every KVK must focus on bringing more visibility of their works in the district. The use of mass media – both print and electronic may be best means in this direction, he further suggested. Secondly, there should be tripartite MoU between the KVKs, ATARI and the Heads of state agricultural and allied departments for convergence and out-scaling of at least the five technologies assessed as most appropriate for every district by the respective KVKs. Thirdly, every KVK must be responsive to any external source of resources for executing their activities.

DG suggested that promotion of pulses and oilseeds related varieties and area specific packages should be the thrust area for the coming five years. He urged the KVK scientists to saturate their respective districts with the improved varieties of pulses and oilseed crops so that country may witness pulse revolution in real sense.

The Annual Action Plan (2016-17) of the KVKs of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand and Year Planner of ICAR-ATARI, Kanpur was also released
by the DG.

Dr. JS Sandhu, DDG (Crop Sciences), ICAR in his address focused on bringing more visibility in the works of KVKs.

Dr. US Gautam, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Kanpur shared about the major achievement of the Institute.

Directors ICAR-IIPR, Kanpur; ICAR-IGFRI, Jhansi; ICAR-IIVR, Varanasi, ICAR-IISS, Mau and ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur were present on the occasion.

An exhibition displaying  the technologies/crop varieties, value added products, farmer friendly literature and the low cost water purifying system by the participating KVKs was also organized.

(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Kanpur)