26 April 2010
Prof. K.V. Thomas, Minister of State for Agriculture inaugurated the KVKs interface-2010 organized by the Division of Agriculture Extension, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). While delivering key note address, Prof. Thomas stressed that a mechanism should be evolved to encourage the performance of Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) and provision for special assistance can be made for further enhancement in their capacity. He further emphasized that KVKs are effectively providing a common platform to the scientists of ICAR, State Agricultural Universities and other stakeholders to deliberate on various issues concerning application of new technologies and market opportunities.
In his inaugural speech, Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE) and Director General, ICAR called for introspection of KVKs and then reinvent themselves. He emphasized on the need for convergence between KVK-MNREGA and other government social schemes for socio-economic development of farmers. Dr. Ayyappan added that every KVK should try to work as a knowledge-driven centre at district level where farmers can seek solution of their problems.
Sri Rudra Gangadharan, Secretary, Animal Husbandry, Dairy and Fisheries and Sri Rajiv Mehrishi, Secretary, ICAR also graced the occasion.Dr. K.D. Kokate, Deputy Director General (Agricultural extension), ICAR elaborated the role of KVKs in technology dissemination at ground level and informed that KVKs are providing a number of innovative services to farmers including agro-advisory through mobile, agro-alert system and special demonstration at farmers fields.
Country-wide network of 571 KVKs is gearing up to meet new challenges posed by climate change and other stresses. Recently, an initiative has been taken to e-connect 192 KVKs for quick and effective sharing of appropriate technologies and ideas among all stakeholders. During the last three years, the KVKs conducted 2.86 lakh on farm trials and frontline demonstrations and trained 36.84 lakh farmers and 2.73 lakh extension personnel.
The two-day interface deliberates upon various technical issues for further strengthening the national network of KVKs.
(Source: NAIP sub project on Mass Media Mobilization, DIPA)