7th June 2017, New Delhi
Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare inaugurated a two-day “National Workshop on Empowering Farmers of Tribal Areas” (7 -8 June 2017) here today. The workshop is organized by Agricultural Extension Division, ICAR.
Shri Singh, in his address, emphasized that the KVKs should align their activities keeping in view farmers’ needs and priorities of Government like, increasing the income of farmers, soil health management, production of oilseeds and pulsed, etc. during his address. He exhorted the KVK scientists to work with dedicated approach. He lauded the KVKs for demonstrating the production potentials of pulses and oilseeds through Cluster Frontline Demonstrations. He urged the KVKs to take advantage of digitization process and upload all the activities done by KVKs and other information of farmers’ use on KVK Portal. He assured the KVK system of full support from Government of India in developing the facilities and infrastructure necessary for carrying out the mandated activities.
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra , Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR); Dr. Gajanan Dange, President, YOJAK, Pune; Dr. A.K.Singh, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Extension); and Dr. V. P. Chahal, ADG (Agril. Extension) also graced the occasion.
The major focus areas for deliberations during the two days workshop include diversification, income generation, resource and bio-diversity conservation, value addition and institution building during four technical sessions viz. Technological Interventions in Tribal Areas, Experiences of KVKs in empowering farmers, Sharing Experiences of farmers and Panel Discussion on Future Road Map for Empowering Farmers.
The workshop is being attended by more than 250 participants including special invitees representing different social organizations; senior officers of ICAR; Vice Chancellors and Directors of selected State Agricultural Universities; Directors and scientists of selected ICAR Institutes; Senior Scientists and Heads / Subject Matter Specialists of 125 KVKs of Tribal Areas; and selected farmers from Tribal areas from different parts of the country.
An exhibition on different products and genetic materials from tribal areas has also been organized during the workshop.
(Source: Agricultural Extension Division, ICAR)