10- 13 June, 2017, Junagadh
A three-day Annual Zonal Workshop for 72 KVKs of Rajasthan and Gujarat has been inaugurated on 10th June at Junagadh Agricultural University, Junagadh.
Dr. A. K. Singh, DDG (Agril. Extn.), ICAR, New Delhi, Chief Guest of the event, briefed about the huge network of 673 KVKs all over the country contributing in science-led technology application, cluster front line demonstrations and dissemination in the field of agriculture. He urged the KVKs to generate 30% fund of their expenditure through own efforts. He also advised the KVKs to promote swachchta programme, cashless transaction and Direct Benefit Transfer, etc. in an efficient manner. Genetic and bio-diversity conservation should be promoted in tribal areas by registering local varieties under PPV & FRA. Farmers’ innovations must be up-scaled through farm innovation research he opined. KVKs are not only for extension but also to undertake local farmers’ participatory research. ICT-based initiatives such as KVK portal, mobile apps, small videos must be effectively used for the betterment of the farming community.
Dr. A. R. Pathak, Vice Chancellor, JAU, Junagadh in his presidential address stressed the technologies developed at SAUs/ICAR should be transferred in an efficient manner by overcoming challenges faced by the KVKs and the expectations by farmers should be fulfilled. Climate change is a major challenge and impact analysis of the KVKs should be done on priority.
Dr. S. K. Singh, Director, ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute (ATARI), Jodhpur in briefed about initiatives and achievements of various flagship programmes implemented through Krishi Vigyan Kendras of Rajasthan and Gujarat such as National food security Mission, National Mission on Oilseed and Oil Palm, Skill Development in Agriculture, Soil Health Cards, Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, Attracting and Retaining youth in Agriculture, Farmer FIRST, Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav.
Dr. Lakhan Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Pune expressed his views on science led move of the KVKs under climate change scenario to enhance the visibility and efficiency of the KVKs.
Publications, website of ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur and mobile apps have been launched by the dignitaries on this occassion.
During the 3 days’ workshop, Directors of Extension Education from 9 State Agricultural Universities of Rajasthan and Gujarat presented the progress and monitoring of KVKs in their jurisdiction. Scientists and Heads from 72 KVKs presented the progress of work done during 2016-17.
(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Jodhpur)