Palampur, 20 May, 2012
Zonal Workshop of 67 Krishi Vigyan Kendras of Zone-I comprising of Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir is being organized at Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Palampur to review the progress of KVKs during 2011-12 and prepare the action plan for 2012-13
Dr. S. K. Sharma, Vice Chancellor, CSKHPKV, Palampur, speaking as Chief Guest in the inauguration ceremony, expressed that KVK is a science based institution at district level with visibility at state, national level and international level as well. He appreciated the efforts of ICAR/Zonal Project Directorate of Zone I in organizing the Farmer-Scientist Interactions in Haryana and Punjab and enumerated climatic change, increasing cost of agricultural inputs and depleting natural resources as major challenges of agricultural production and urged the KVKs to address them.
Dr. A. M. Narula, Zonal Project Director, Zone-I elaborated the efforts made by the Directorate during 2011-12 in providing technical support to the KVKs. He also appraised the new initiatives to be taken during XII Plan like Farmer First, e-Extension, Specialized KVKs, Farm Innovation Fund, Mini Seed Processing Facilities, and various others.
Shri Kuldeep Sing Dhaliwal, Member, General Body of ICAR also participated in the workshop.
A presentation on “Future Trading of Agricultural Commodities” was delivered by Dr. M. S. Jairath of National Institute of Agricultural Marketing, Jaipur. The three-day workshop was attended by more than 100 scientists of KVKs, SAUs and ICAR.
(Source: Zonal Project Directorate, Zone-I, Ludhiana)