4th December, 2016, Samba
Dr. Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (Independent Charge), Ministry of Personal, Pubic Grievances and Pensions, Department of Atomic Energy and Department of Space, Government of India unveiled the foundation stone of Krishi Vigyan Kendra in Samba district of J&K today.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Guest, Dr. Jitendra Singh highlighted that agriculture is the major livelihood source of majority of the population of Samba district and with the establishment of KVK, Samba, it is expected that there will be a visible change in the behaviour and attitude of farmers towards adaption of new technologies related to agriculture. He emphasised upon the fact that the Government of India is working with the utmost aim of improving the economic status of farmers and rural masses to bring them out of the vagaries of poverty.
Shri Chander Prakash Ganga, Minister of Industries & Commerce, J&K Govt. congratulate SKUAST-Jammu for establishing a new KVK for the district Samba. He deliberated upon the importance of agriculture sector and mentioned that with the establishment of KVK, the farmers of the district will get exposure to new agricultural technologies, which will lead to higher productivity.
Shri Jugal Kishore Sharma, Member of Parliament briefed about the importance of pro-farmer schemes introduced by the Government of India.
Dr. Devinder Kumar Manyal, MLA, Samba highlighted the agricultural scenario of the district and informed that the establishment of KVK is very important step for brining in prosperity in the lives of farmers.
Dr. P. K. Sharma, Vice Chancellor, SKUAST-Jammu articulated the role of KVK for imparting technical knowledge to the farmers, farm women and rural youths as per their needs.
Earlier, while presenting the welcome address, Dr. R K Arora, Associate Director Extension (KVKs), SKUAST highlighted the mandates of Krishi Vigyan Kendras for organising training programmes, On-Farm Trials and Front Line Demonstrations.
Dr. Rajbir Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Ludhiana presented the vote of thanks to the dignitaries and farmers present during the programme.
About 1000 farmers, farm women, youth and officials participated in the inauguration event.
(Source: ICAR Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Ludhiana)