3rd September 2016, Khorda
Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister, of State (Independent Charge), Petroleum and Natural Gas, inaugurated 23rd Zonal Workshop of Krishi Vigyan Kendras under Agricultural Technology Application Research Institutes, Jabalpur.
Shri Pradhan proposed to fund Agricultural Universities of three states to the tune of Rs 2 crore each on a pilot scale on conversion of crop residues and farm wastes into bio-gas bio-fuel. The Minister encouraged the farmers to use the space of 5,500 petrol pump across the country for Knowledge dissemination. He inaugurated an exhibition laid out by KVKs on the occasion highlighting the success stories at the farmers fields; and launched the web portal on Management Information System of Krishi Vigyan Kendras.
Dr. A.K.Singh, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Extension) briefed about objective of the workshop.
Dr S. Pasupalak, Vice Chancellor, OUAT presented the salient achievements of Krishi Vigyan Kendras of Odisha and expressed the challenges of the agriculture in the state.
Dr Anupam Mishra, Director, ATARI Zone-VII opined that Krishi Vigyan Kendras are front line extension institution working in the vicinity of the farming community and supporting in their profitable farming.
Dr P. Jayasankar, Director, ICAR-CIFA briefed on recent research initiatives of the Institute.
The innovative farmers were felicitated by KVK Khiordha, Angul and Deograh.
The workshop was attended by more than 250 participants including 100 Senior Scientists and Heads of Krishi Vigyan Kendras from Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Odisha; 16 ICAR Institutes, 4 NGO Chairmen/Heads; 120 progressive farmers and corporate representatives.
(Source: Agricultural Technology Application Research Institutes, Jabalpur)