Dr. K.D. Kokate, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Extension), ICAR visited KVK, Indore and Jhabua and farmers’ fields of the region along with Dr. Anupam Mishra, Zonal Project Director, Zone-VII, Jabalpur and Dr. S. S. Tomar, DES, RVSKVV, Gwalior. He appreciated the close coordination of KVK with state departments for improving the livelihood of tribal farmers of the Jhabua district. He highlighted the need of linking farmers with market for ensuring better prices and emphasized on crop contingent planning for unforeseen weather conditions. DDG inaugurated the vermin-compost sieving machine at KVK, Jhabua, released the publication “programmes and schemes in agriculture” and launched the free bulk SMS service for farmers through NIC at KVK Indora and Jhabua.
The team visited the Kadaknath poultry in Antarvelia, Jhayeda and Chota Guda villages of Jhabau and Ashrawad Khurd village of Indore. Dr. Kokate appreciated the off-season gladiolus cultivation and Kadaknath poultry of the region. While addressing the farmers, he suggested establishment of Bio-gas plants for cheap electricity supply and improving soil health. Dr. Kokate visited the infrastructural facilities and different demonstration on KVKs and appreciated the infrastructural facilities created at KVKs.
Dr. Mishra highlighted that the free SMS facility can be a major breakthrough for large scale adoption of the technologies. Officials from state departments were also present during the visit.
(Source: ZPD, Zone-VII, Jabalpur)