24 July 2017, Nashik
A three-day Annual Zonal Workshop involving 85 KVKs of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana & Maharashtra was inaugurated by Dr A.K. Singh, DDG (AE), ICAR today at YCMOU, Nashik. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Singh urged the KVKs to focus on skill and entrepreneurship development, soil health, seed production, integrated farming system models, agro-processing, value added agro-advisories and climate smart villages. He briefed about new initiatives & interventions contemplated by ICAR to work with farmers, farm women and rural youth in operational villages towards doubling their income.
Earlier, Dr Y.G. Prasad, Director, ATARI, Hyderabad presented the Zonal highlights of achievements in technology assessment and demonstrations in agriculture and allied sectors during 2016-17.
Dr Lakhan Singh, Director, ATARI, Pune emphasized on science based frontline extension and skill oriented programs by KVKs in the Zone.
Prof. E. Vayunandan, VC, YCMOU, Nashik shared his experiences on open distance learning especially in agriculture.
Dr S.N. Puri, former VC, CAU, Imphal exhorted the KVKs to spread their outreach activities in the district and laid special emphasis on processing, value addition and providing market linkage for better realization of prices.
Senior Scientists and Heads of 83 KVKs presented the progress of work during the year, which was reviewed by Directors of Extension Education of seven State Agricultural Universities from the three states and former Director, ATARI.
A number of publications by KVKs were released in the inaugural session of the three-day Annual Zonal Workshop (23-25th July, 2017) organized by KVK, Nashik (YCMOU).
(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Hyderabad)