19th May, 2017, Jodhpur
A two-day collaborative training programme on “Proper Handling of Mini Soil Testing Machine” (19-20 May, 2017) for KVKs of Rajasthan and Gujarat was inaugurated at ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute (ATARI), Jodhpur (Rajasthan) today.
Dr S. K. Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur in his introductory remarks emphasised the challenges in agriculture particularly the soil health status in present scenario of Indian agriculture and KVKs have a major role to play in overcoming the challenges in an evolutionary approach. He appealed to Scientists of KVKs to make farmers aware about soil test based recommended use of fertilizers and issue of Soil Health Cards to farmers. He stressed the importance of soil test in the present mission of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India for Doubling Farmers Income by 2022. He opined that soil testing should be a prerequisite before implementation of FLDs, OFTs, etc.
A total of 42 Nodal Officers from KVKs of Rajasthan took part in the training programme. On 20th May, 2017 the Nodal Officers from 30 KVKs of Gujarat will take part in the said training programme.
(Source: ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur)