7th December, 2016, Banasthali, Tonk (Rajasthan)
Two-day Sate level Mid Review and Planning Workshop for Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) of Rajasthan organised by ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Jodhpur is inaugurated at Banasthali Vidyapith, Tonk, Rajasthan today.
Prof. Aditya Shastry, Vice Chancellor, Banasthali Vidyapith, Tonk, Chief Guest of the event appreciated the strenuous efforts of KVKs through demonstration and diffusion of agricultural technologies in the district to make the agriculture from food scarce to food sufficient country of a huge population. He stressed on second green revolution through sustainable agriculture while addressing the environmental and natural resource conservation issues. KVKs are the major key players in this roadmap.
Dr. S. K. Singh, Director, ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute (ATARI), Jodhpur briefed about the march of KVKs as vocational training centre to Knowledge Resource Centre at district level. He stressed on making the agriculture as a profitable venture for the farmers in the scenario of shrinking land holdings, degradation of natural resources and climate change situation. KVKs are working for promotion of location specific farm technologies through demonstration, assessment and refinement in their respective districts. There is a need to strengthen the KVKs to act as umbrella of technology backstopping with backward and forward linkage. Different programmes are being implemented through KVKs such as ARYA, NFSM, NMOOP, Climate Resilient Integrated Farming System, Agricultural Skill Development programme, Pulses Seed Hub for increased the pulse production. He appealed for the convergence of different development agencies with KVKs for holistic development of farming community.
Dr. Gopal Lal Director, ICAR-NRCSS, Ajmer briefed about the importance of seed spices among the crops at farmers fields. He opined that seed spices are high value and low input crops, thus farmers can earn more profit through cultivation of seed spices. There is a need to increase the productivity of seed spices and KVKs can act as a catalyst for the same. There is also need to educate the farmers for quality production to increase the export of the seed spices for better price to the farmers.
Directors of Extension Education of SAUs of Rajasthan presented the progress of KVKs under their jurisdiction. During workshop, presentation on the progress made by KVKs and Annual Action Plan for 2017-18 will be discussed.
Forty two KVKs and five Directors of Extension Education (DEEs) from State Agricultural Universities (SAUs) have actively participated in which the progress report 2016-17 (till October, 2016) and Annual Action Plan for the year 2017-18 are to be discussed and finalized.
(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Jodhpur)