5th All-India Krishi Vigyan Kendra Conference-2010 Inaugurated
Udaipur, 22nd December, 2010
Her Excellency the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil inaugurated the fifth All-India Krishi Vigyan Kendra Conference-2010 at Mohanlal Sukhadia University auditorium in Udaipur today. While hailing KVKs as knowledge and resource centres of agriculture technology at the district level, she called upon the KVK system to be a harbinger of the second green revolution in the country. Efforts should be made to encourage each and every KVK to work actively in their respective areas and their genuine needs should also be looked into, to make them functionally effective, she emphasized.
The three day national conference was inaugurated in the august presence of His Excellency Governor of Punjab and Rajasthan Shri Shivraj Patil, Chief Minister of Rajasthan Shri Ashok Gehlot, Union Minister of Agriculture & Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Shri Sharad Pawar, Union Rural Development Minister Shri C. P. Joshi and Minister of State for Agriculture & Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Prof. KV Thomas.
President gave away Best KVK awards to KVK, Karur; KVK, Kanchipuram and KVK, Kaddlur for making outstanding efforts for dissemination of precision farming and horticulture in the area. She also felicitated selected farmers of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Maharashtra for their innovations at farm level. Some important publications were also released, such as first database of 60,000 progressive farmers across the country and ‘Agritech Interventions – Harbingers of Prosperity 2010’. Latter includes 101 inspiring technological interventions that can be emulated by other farmers where similar micro-agro-ecosystems exist.
Distinguished speakers highlighted that knowledge is instrumental in rural and agricultural development and emphasized that knowledge delivery can be made more effective and timely with the help of line departments of rural ministry and other related organizations. The targeted 4% growth in agriculture could be achieved with the support of interventions by KVKs located across the country. Speakers reiterated the important role of agriculture in national economy and viewed agricultural technologies as a tool for enhancing its contribution in national GDP. Earlier Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR introduced the theme of conference along with major highlights of the contributions of the Council in this direction.
The Indian Council of Agricultural Research and Maharana Pratap Agricultural University, Udaipur, are jointly organizing the conference with the theme, “Development of entrepreneurship among farmers”. In addition to seven technical sessions at the conference, an exhibition on entrepreneurship in agriculture is also organized depicting farm innovations. Programme coordinators of 589 Krishi Vigyan Kendras, Vice-Chancellors of State Agricultural Universities, officials of ICAR and Planning Commission, agricultural scientists and progressive farmers are participating in the conference.
Dr. K.D. Kokate, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Extension), ICAR proposed vote of thanks.
Speech by Her Excellency The President of India, Shrimati Pratibha Devisingh Patil, at the 5th National Conference of KVKs
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