20th August, 2014, New Delhi
Dr. Sanjeev Balyan, Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries while addressing the KVK-Interface Workshop on Intervention in Tribal Areas and Enhancing efficiency, highlighted that ICAR is playing an important role in agricultural development in the country. He appreciated Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) for carrying the technologies to the farmers and shared that KVK scientists have to work not only as scientists but also as social change agents. They have to work more for the development of entrepreneurs in the villages so that rural youth are retained in agriculture and these entrepreneurial activities should be linked with the market for sustenance. He also interacted with the participants for getting suggestions for improvement in the efficiency of KVK system. He also visited the exhibition organized by KVKs on the occasion.
Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and Director General,ICAR welcomed the dignitaries and stated that the KVK system is 40 years old district level institution and presently there are 639 KVKs working under the administrative setup of SAUs, ICAR Institutes, NGOs and State Governments. He highlighted that KVKs have been reorganized as important platform for transfer of technologies to farmers. He also shared his concern on constrains that need to be addressed .He asked KVKs to develop “Passion for technology and compassion for farmers”. Vice Chancellors, DDGs, ADGs, Directors, NGO Heads and Programme Coordinators of the KVKs, also participated in the workshop.
The interface workshop was organized by Division of Agricultural Extension of ICAR.
(Source: Agricultural Extension. Division,ICAR)