Chennai, 7th June, 2012
Krishi Vigyan Kendras should make farmers to feel proud about their farming by establishing close link between research and extension, said Shri Sandeep Saxena, I.A.S., Agricultural Production Commissioner and Secretary to Government of Tamil Nadu while inaugurating the Annual Review Workshop of KVKs of Zone VIII for the year 2011-12 at Madras Veterinary College, Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University(TANUVAS), Chennai. He expressed that KVKs should take a lead to educate the extension personnel on the latest technologies so as to increase the adoption rate by the farmers. He called upon the KVK scientists to win the confidence of farmers by providing appropriate and relevant technological solutions to win the confidence of farmers.
Dr. R. Prabakaran, Vice-Chancellor, TANUVAS, in his Presidential address, stressed the lead role being played by the KVKs on technology front at district level for meeting the technical needs of the farmers. He expressed his happiness for increasing the KVKs network with more than 600 KVKs in the country.
Dr. D. Kathiresan, Director of Extension Education, TANUVAS, Chennai welcomed the participants. Dr.S.Prabhu Kumar, Zonal Project Director, Zone VIII briefed the growth and salient achievements of KVKs of Zone VIII. He highlighted the new initiatives proposed for the strengthening of KVK system during the XII Five Year Plan.
Dr. P.Subbaian, Registrar and Vice Chancellor (i/c), Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore emphasized the role of KVKs in technology assessment, refinement, demonstration and also empowering the small and marginal farmers as well as farmwomen in the country.
ICAR institutes of Zone-VII made presentations on latest technologies. Directors of ICAR Institutes, Directors of Extension from SAUs, Scientists from ZPD-Zone VIII, Professors from Directorate of Extension, Officials from Department of Agriculture, Tamil Nadu and Programme Coordinators of 80 KVKs of Zone VIII comprising of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Goa, Puducherry and Lakshadweep participated in the workshop.
(Source: Zonal Project Directorate, Zone-VIII, Bangalore)