2nd July, 2020, Hyderabad
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & DG (ICAR) virtually inaugurated the New Administration Buildings and Farmers’ Hostel at three Krishi Vigyan Kendras of Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University, Prakasam (Darsi), Krishna (Ghantasala) and Chittoor (Kalikiri) in Andhra Pradesh through video conferencing hosted by the ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Hyderabad today.
Dr. Mohapatra applauded the KVKs’ role in reaching the farmers through advisories in social media and digital platforms during the lockdown due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Drawing attention to the strategy document prepared by the ICAR on doubling of farmers’ income by 2022 for Andhra Pradesh, the Director General sought support to the KVKs for its implementation in convergence mode by the State Agricultural Universities and the State Government. Dr. Mohapatra also urged the State Government for replicating the successful models of climate resilient villages established by the KVKs in Anantapur, Kurnool and Srikakulam Districts. The Director General advised the KVKs for expanding the farmers’ database with the support of line departments at District level for wider outreach.
Shri Y. Madhusudhana Reddy, Special Secretary (Marketing and Cooperation), Government of Andhra Pradesh & Vice-Chancellor (FAC), ANGRAU, Guntur accentuated that the new facilities created with the ICAR’s support will empower the KVKs and provide technical backstopping to the Farmers’ Service Centres (RBKs) established by the State Government.
Dr. Ashok Kumar Singh, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Engineering), ICAR appreciated the KVKs’ diversified efforts in working with the Self-Help Groups and Farmers’ Producers’ Organizations (FPOs) for enhancing the farmers’ income. He urged the KVKs to give due emphasis on the processing and value-addition activities.
Earlier, Dr. Y.G. Prasad, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Hyderabad briefed about the KVKs’ significant activities in Andhra Pradesh.
Dr. P. Rambabu, DEE, ANGRAU proposed the vote of thanks.
(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Hyderabad)