The foundation stone of the administrative building of Zonal Project Directorate, Zone-II, Kolkata was laid by Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary (DARE) and Director General (ICAR) on 6th May, 2010. Dr. K.D. Kokate, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Extension), ICAR and Swami Sadanandaji Maharaj, Secretary, Ramkrishna Ashram, Nimpith, South 24-Parganas, West Bengal also graced the occasion.
Dr. Ayyappan also visited an exhibition where the KVKs of West Bengal displayed exhibits highlighting the achievements of the KVKs. Dr. Ayyappan appreciated the handmade design of ‘kantha stitch’ by the women of Birbhum with the intervention of KVK and fabricated insaree and other dress materials, value added rice and wheat flour, pond based farming systems, mineral mixture for livestock prepared from locally available resources etc.
During his address he emphasized that the KVKs should develop competence to become repository of information in agriculture and allied aspects in the district. He informed the house that ICAR will be organizing an exhibition in the President’s House to exclusively highlight the achievements of KVKs. He advised to work more and more on agri-intelligence/agri-alert system, developing small capsule for agri-based mobile services and other ICT based interventions. He felt the need of working through a small net work of KVKs located in the adjacent districts.
Dr. K.D. Kokate while lauding the achievements of the KVKs, urged to work for entrepreneurship development in a small scale in and around KVK for income and employment generation. He emphasized on the need for proper documentation of innovation, success stories, case studies etc. to portray the achievements in various national forums.
While welcoming the guests in the programme Dr. A.K. Singh, Zonal Project Director, Zone-II, Kolkata briefed the house about salient achievements of this zone particularly in respect of seed production, spread of resource conservation technology, land shaping technology and other achievements .
(Source: NAIP sub project on Mass Media Mobilization, DIPA)