12-14 December 2016, Palampur
A three-day Annual Zonal Workshop to Review activities of Krishi Vigyan Kendras of Zone-I was organised by ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Ludhiana (12-14 December 2016) at CSK HPKV, Palampur (HP). The workshop was aimed at reviewing the work done by 70 KVKs and 8 ATICs of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir.
Dr Gurbachan Singh, Chairman, ASRB, New Delhi was the Chief Guest. In his inaugural address he said that KVKs can become harbingers of second green revolution in the country which was a must to increase crop production to feed the ever increasing population. Dr Singh emphasised that problems of agriculture are becoming complex and farm scientists need to work in a problem solving mode for each specific region and district. He stressed the importance of soil health maintenance, understanding climate change and advising the farmers, multiple uses of resources, learning and spreading good farmer practices, integrated farming system etc.
Dr. A.K. Singh, Deputy Director General (Agril. Ext.) ICAR, in his presidential remarks, said that the Government of India has launched large number of initiatives to strengthen this vital organ of frontline extension system. He said that knowledge management, focus on oilseeds and pulses, doubling farmers income, scientific management of crop straw and animal residues, attracting and retaining youth in agriculture, protected cultivation, etc. are some of the important areas where KVKs need to give top priority.
Dr. P.K. Sharma, VC, SKUAST, Jammu; Prof A.K. Sarial, VC, CSK HPKV, Palampur and Dr Balraj Singh, VC, Agriculture University, Jodhpur also addressed the delegates and lauded the role played by KVKs in the development of agriculture.
Dr. Rajbir Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, presented an overview of activities of KVKs in the region and told that KVKs have been able to propel farm growth.
Dr. P.K. Mehta, Director (Ext), CSK HPKV, Palampur expressed his views about ways to increase the farm income by honey production, mushroom production, protected cultivation, etc.
About 200 delegates includes Directors of ICAR Institutes, Directors (Ext) of SAUs, Programme Coordinators of KVKs, ATIC managers, Scientists of KVKs and farmers participated in the three day deliberation.
More than a dozen farm publications and DVDs were also released during inaugural session.
(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Ludhiana)