Annual Action Plan Workshop of 16 KVKs (western region) working under area jurisdiction of MPKV Rahuri was organised during 20-21 March, 2018, which was inaugurated by Dr K.P. Vishwanatha, Vice Chancellor, MPKV, Rahuri on 20th March, 2018. He said that KVK should showcase the technologies. Model KVK should be visited. His major focus was on identifying the major problems and prioritizing them for creating alternative solutions. Each subject matter specialist of the KVK should be master for the farmers. Each KVK should work on doubling farmers’ income through promoting different IFS models, successful cases of income generating enterprises, organising farmers and linking them with market. Reducing cost of cultivation by using organic manures, vermi compost, in-situ composting and vermi-wash, etc. was emphasized.
Dr. Lakhan Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Pune emphasised KVK should give major focus on on-farm experimentation, understanding farmers view point, sensitive to farming system interaction and treating farmer as partner. He stated that all KVKs should undertake the agro ecosystem analysis in their respective jurisdiction and suitable latest farm technologies should be incorporated under the demonstrations.
Dr. K.D. Kokate, Director Extension Education (MPKV, Rahuri) highlighted different models of doubling farmers’ income for different categories of farmers.
On 22nd March, 2018, Action Plan Workshop of 11 KVKs of Marathwada region was organized at Vasantrao Naik Marathwada Krishi Vidyapeeth, Parbhani. In inaugural address, Dr. B. Venkateswarlu KVKs are the hub of agricultural knowledge at district level. Effective and efficient implementation of the schematic plan of Krishi Vigyan Kendra is very important. Various new varieties of crops and agriculture technologies developed by the university should be incorporated in frontline demonstrations. Precautionary measures should be taken to avoid severe infestation of pink bollworms on cotton crop in the Marathwada region.
Dr. P. G. Ingole, Director Extension Education (VNMKV, Parbhani) made thrust on strengthening linkage and convergence of developmental schemes for benefitting the farmers. Heads of departments and other professors were invited to give technological backstopping.
(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Pune)