29th July, 2021, Pune
The ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Pune, Maharashtra and the Indian Meteorological Department, New Delhi jointly organized the “Virtual Zonal Review Workshop of DAMU-KVKs” today.
In his inaugural address, Dr. P.G. Patil, Vice-Chancellor, MPKV, Rahuri, Maharashtra underlined the effectiveness of the Institutional network created under the GKMS and District Agro-Meteorology Unit (DAMU) Project for providing the Agromet services and Weather Advisories to farmers. Dr. Patil also released the Publications of the KVK, Nandurbar during the occasion.
The Guest of Honor, Dr. Randhir Singh, ADG (Agricultural Extension), ICAR applauded the IMD’s key role for providing the weather forecast and real time Advisories to the farmers through KVKs under the DAMU Project. He outlined the establishment of 196 DAMU Units with the support of IMD. Dr. Singh urged the DAMU KVKs for assessing the use of Advisories and document the success stories under the Project.
Dr. K.K. Singh, Head, Agromet, IMD, New Delhi highlighted the KVK Heads’ role for acting as the mentors and building capabilities of the DAMU Staff specifically placed at DAMU Centres under the Scheme.
Dr. D.S. Pai, Head, Climate and Research Services, IMD, Pune, Maharashtra underlined the usefulness and impact of Agromet Advisories being disseminated by the KVKs under the DAMU Project. He stated about the usefulness of the Advisories like lightening forecast for the livestock owners.
Earlier, in his welcome address, Dr. Lakhan Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Pune, Maharashtra urged the KVKs for integrating the crop information with the meteorological data for quality weather forecast advisory.
All the Phase-I and Phase-II KVKs from Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa participated in the Webshop.
(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Pune, Maharashtra)