25th July, 2020, Hyderabad
Shri Kailash Choudhary, Union Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare inaugurated the three-day “Virtual Annual Zonal Workshop of KVKs under ICAR-ATARI, Hyderabad” organized by the ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Hyderabad today.
The Minister emphasized on strengthening the digital connects between the KVKs, farmers and rural youth. Shri Choudhary also stressed on the foremost priority of achieving the target of doubling the farmers’ income by 2022. He accentuated on the villages to become the model hubs of learning for the farmers from the other villages. The Minister urged the KVKs to create awareness among the farmers on Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, promote the climate resilient agriculture, integrated farming systems and organic farming. He advised the KVK scientists for studying the FPO guidelines for their active involvements, focusing on attracting the youth into agriculture, seed production, cluster demonstrations on oilseeds, post-harvest technologies and agro-tourism.
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & DG (ICAR) emphasized on the technology-led change in farmers’ income coupled with crop diversification and integrated farming systems. The Director General urged the state governments for adopting and replicating the models of climate resilient villages demonstrated by the ICAR.
Dr. Ashok Kumar Singh, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Extension), ICAR urged the KVKs to focus on the precision farming, value-addition, connecting with the Common Service Centres, promoting the nutri-gardens, skill training and entrepreneurship involving the youths.
Dr. (Smt.) Poonam Malakaondaiah, Special Chief Secretary to the Government of Andhra Pradesh and Vice-Chancellor, Sri Venkateswara Veterinary University, Tirupati deliberated about the technical backstopping of the KVKs to the recently established Farmer Service Centres (RBKs) in Andhra Pradesh.
Dr. N. Kumar, Vice-Chancellor, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Tamil Nadu outlined about the filling of all 38 vacant scientific positions in KVKs of the TNAU, Tamil Nadu.
Dr. V. Praveen Rao, Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University, Hyderabad urged the KVKs for involving in the resource mapping at the District level, digitization and analysis of data, strengthening of farm mechanization, IFS, FPOs and value-addition in pulses, millets and oilseeds.
Dr. Y.G. Prasad, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Hyderabad presented the proceedings of the workshop.
The Directors of Extension Education of 9 State Agricultural Universities and ICAR-ATARI Nodal Officers reviewed the work done and Action Plans presented by Heads of 71 KVKs.
(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Hyderabad)