Integrate Secondary Agriculture for Increasing Profitability in Hills: S. Ayyappan

Uttarkashi (Chinyalisaur), 16th May, 2011

Inauguration of Administrative Building of KVK by DGDr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary (DARE) and Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) inaugurated the administrative building of KVK here today. He emphasized integration of secondary agriculture such as mushroom cultivation, protected cultivation, off-season vegetable cultivation with primary agriculture for increasing the economic profitability of hill farmers. He was appreciative of the initial beginning made by the KVK in acquiring the infrastructure facilities and working on problematic areas like control of white grub, fruit fly, replacement of old varieties of wheat, rice and millets.

Dr. K.D. Kokate, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Extension) appreciated the efforts of KVK-Uttarkashi in technology transfer. He stressed upon the staff of KVK to fulfill the seed demand of farmers of Uttarkashi by producing the sufficient quantity of seed of vegetables, cereals and pulses.

Technical achievements of KVK Uttarkashi being seen by DG & DDG(Agri Extn.)Dr. A.K. Singh, Zonal Project Director, Zone – IV, Kanpur emphasized that Hill Agriculture is different from the plain area because of small, scattered, and undulated fields and this KVK will demonstrate and conduct trials as per the location specific need for the benefit of small and marginal hill farmers. Dr. J.C. Bhatt, Director, VPKAS, Almora elaborated the mandate, progress, achievements of KVK Uttarkashi and its commitment to farmers of Uttarkashi.

Launch of NICRA project in village Dunda of Uttarkashi

Village Dunda is selected for the demonstration and dissemination of agricultural technology by KVK, Uttarkashi for the implementation of project National Initiative on Climate Resilient Agriculture. This project was launched at village site by Dr S. Ayyappan. He said that the Climate change is posing major threat to agricultural productivity. Dr. K.D. Kokate said that to mitigate the effect of changing climate, ICAR has launched a project on Climate Resilience Agriculture and 100 KVKs are involved in implementation of this project and KVK, Uttarkashi is one among them.
Large number of farmers participated in the events.

(Source: NAIP Sub-Project on Mass Media Mobilization, DKMA with inputs from KVK, Uttarkashi)