13th November, 2016
Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister for Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation and Information & Broadcasting, Government of India unveiled the foundation stone for establishment of additional Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh under the administrative control of Dr YSR Horticultural University (YSRHU) on 13th November 2016 at Periyavaram village, Venkatagiri mandal. Speaking on the occasion, the Union Minister said that the Centre sanctioned the additional KVK to fulfill the aspirations of farmers of this backward rainfed area to make agriculture profitable. He highlighted the benefits of the initiatives on distribution of soil health cards and appealed to farmers for greater participation in the Prime Minister’s Fasal Bhima Yojana for securing farm income.
Shri Pathipati Pulla Rao, Minister of Agriculture, Govt. of AP inaugurated the KVK in the presence of Union Minister, State Ministers, Member of Parliament, MLA, Venkatagiri, District Collector, Dr BMC Reddy, Vice Chancellor, Dr YSR Horticultural University & Dr Chiranjeev Choudhary, Commissioner, Horticulture, Govt. of AP.
Dr A.K. Singh, DDG (AE), ICAR inaugurated the agricultural exhibition displayed by nearby KVKs, University research stations, and line departments. The Chief Guest released publications brought out by KVKs on the occasion. Dr Y.G. Prasad, Director, ICAR-ATARI and Dr RSVK Reddy, Director of Extension, YSRHU presented the vote of thanks.
About 2000 farmers, farm women, youth and officials participated in the inauguration event.
(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Hyderabad)