The XXII Meeting of ICAR Regional Committee No. VIII was held at Bengaluru from 13th to 15th May 2010. Around 130 members and invitees, comprising of officials of the development departments of Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Lakshadweep, Vice Chancellors, Directors of Research, Directors of Extension Education and Deans of the SAUs from the region, DDGs and other officials from ICAR Head Quarters, Directors of ICAR Institutes, Project Coordinators and Heads of ICAR Regional / Research Centres located in the Region participated in the meeting. A one day interactive session was also held on the KVKs and technology transfer on 15th May, in which the Training Organizers of KVKs in the Region Participated.
Inaugurating the meeting on 14th May 2010 at Kannda Sabhangana, KVFSU, Bengaluru, His Excellency the Governor of Karnataka Shri. Hans Raj Bharadwaj said that agriculture holds the key to the overall development of the region. During the function, Kisan Mobile Advisory (KVK-KMA) - a unique programme of information delivery for advising the farmers with need based timely information was launched by His Excellency the Governor of Karnataka. Shri Revu Naik Belamagi, Honorable Minister for Animal Husbandry, Govt. of Karnataka also graced the occasion. He stressed the need for encouraging farmers to take up animal husbandry and fisheries along with farming to augment their income.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. S. Ayyappan, Director General, ICAR stressed the need for convergence and suggested that there should be an integrated approach to extension activities to avoid duplication and contradiction and to ensure effective transfer of technologies.
The Technical Sessions were chaired by Dr. S.Ayyappan, Director General, ICAR. Presentations were made by the Secretaries and other officials about the state-wise problems, research needs and development issues. The Vice Chancellors of the eight State Agricultural / Horticultural/ Animal Sciences Universities and DDGs highlighted the achievements of the Universities and ICAR during the last two years and responded to the issues raised by the line departments. The following are the important action points arising out of the three day deliberations:
- There should be an integrated approach to extension activities. At present Universities, Departments, ICAR Institutes, KVKs, agencies like Rayatu Samprak Kendras and NGOs carry out extension activities independently. These activities should be integrated to avoid duplication and contradiction and to ensure effective transfer of technologies. KVKs should also tap the funds available with agencies like NABARD for more effective Technology Transfer. There is a strong need to strengthen the veterinary component of KVKs.
- Different development models are to be developed for the KVKs based on the specific requirements of the state and stage of development.
- Farmers to be imparted training to produce their own seeds of self pollinated varieties and distribution of such seeds among the farmers to be encouraged.
- A variety of machinery and farm implements have been developed, but many of them have not reached the farmers. A detailed inventory of available machinery should be compiled. Prototypes of the improved machinery are to be made in large numbers with subsidy. Adequate funds should be made available for promoting and publicity of farm machinery developed by research institutions.
- Productivity in most crops has come down in recent years. A critical analysis as to the yield decline with respect to technological, extension and other aspects have to be made. An assessment of productivity in relation to labour availability and mechanization may be made decade-wise (70s, 80s, 90 and 2000)
- Each state may develop data base on climate data and land use for appropriate regional planning.
- Comprehensive “package of practices” are to be brought out for each State / agro-climatic region integrating the recommendations of SAUs and the ICAR Institutes.
- Information on Nutrient profile of minor millets should be updated and published. Studies are to be taken up on the Nutrient profile of recent varieties of minor millets.
- Fodder Development Programme may be entrusted to the Agricultural Departments of the States as the Animal Husbandry departments do not have the expertise on the cultivation of fodder crops. There is a need for establishing feed block warehouses.
- Student exchange programme between States and Universities should be thought of and the incentive mechanism should be worked out by the Universities.
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