7th National Conference of KVKs begins at PAU, 1200 delegates from 630 KVKs are participating
Ludhiana, 20th November 2012
Sh Sharad Pawar, Union Minister of Agriculture and Food Processing Industries urged Krishi Vigyan Kendars (KVKs) to adopt demand driven approach rather than supply driven approach for economic and social upliftment of rural areas of the country. He was inaugurating the 7th National Conference of Krishi Vigyan Kendras–2012 at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana.
Sh. Pawar said that due to the efforts of ICAR, SAUs and KVKs, we are now self sufficient in agriculture. “Last fiscal year figure of 257 million tons of food grain production was achieved, which was highest since 1947. Despite, drought in certain parts of the country this figure would close to 250 million tons this year,” he said, announcing that there would not be any short fall of food grains.
Sh. Pawar also inaugurated the exhibition for showcasing various farm technologies. KVKs were awarded for exceptional work carried out in research and extension activities. Books and DVDs were also released on the occasion.
Dr. Charan Das Mahant, Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries, admired the role played by KVKs in effective transfer of technologies from lab to farm. “We should reach the unreached,” he remarked.
Giving opening remarks, Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR, said that a plan has been chalked out to introduce curriculum of agriculture at school level so that interest of young generation in rural areas could be retained in agriculture. “We are also giving special emphasis on secondary agriculture in the 12th plan,” he added.
Dr. K.D. Kokate, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Extension), ICAR urged KVKs to become thinking hubs for farmers and informed that of the total 630 KVKs across country, 341 got established in last eight years only. Welcoming the dignitaries from across country, Dr. B.S. Dhillon, Vice Chancellor, PAU said that earlier we moved from food deficient state to food sufficient state. "Now, we should become competitive at global level to market our produce", he added.
More than 1200 delegates from 630 KVKs across the country are participating in the conference based on the theme for 'Integrating Technologies and Best Practices'. The National Conference is being jointly organized by the ICAR and PAU. The objective of the conference is to bring KVKs on a platform so that they could be benefited from experience of each other and interact with eminent agriculture scientists.
Dr A.M Narula, Zonal Project Director, ZPD-I, proposed the vote of thanks.
(Source: NAIP Mass Media Project, DKMA, with inputs from the consortium partner CIPHET, Ludhiana)