Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE & Director General, ICAR visited KVK, Chitradurga and KVK, Tumkur on 21st and 22nd February 2012. The Director General visited the exhibition put up by Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Zonal Agricultural Research Station, National Agricultural Innovation Project and Akshya Food Park and appreciated the efforts of the scientists of the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore in developing various farmer friendly agricultural implements and suggested to patent the same. He inaugurated the administrative building of KVK, Chitradurga.
The DG had an interaction meeting with the farmers, officers of the line departments and the scientists of KVK & ZARS. He elaborated upon the research priorities for the climate change and the programmes that are being envisaged to be taken up in the XII Five Year Plan. He urged upon the scientists to go for production of quality seed and planting material and at the same time to give more emphasis on value- addition and post- harvest technology.
Dr. K. Narayana Gowda, Vice-Chancellor, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, in his presidential address, emphasized the need for formulating farmers federation to mitigate the market exploitations. He also informed that the University is planning to set up Dry Land Agriculture Research Station, Diploma College for Chitradurga district and provide more importance for Dry farming technologies and Agro Forestry.
The administrative building of Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Tumkur and Seed Godown of ARS, Konehalli were inaugurated by Director General, ICAR on 22nd February 2012 in the presence of Vice-Chancellor, UAS, Bangalore, and Dr. S. Prabhu Kumar, Zonal Project Director. In the interaction meeting with the farmers and officials of the line departments, the Director General emphasized on increasing the productivity level under rain fed situations. He opined that the production level in India with the average annual rainfall of 400 – 500 mm is low when compared to other countries where the annual rainfall is less than 140 mm and urged the scientists to develop technologies that suit low rainfall areas and helps in increasing the productivity.