6th May, Gwalior
The XVIII Zonal workshop of KVKs (Zone VII) was inaugurated by Prof. V.S.Tomar, Vice-Chancellor, Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya (RVSKVV), Gwalior, here today. He emphasized the urgent need of soil testing for higher productivity and urged the KVKs to give attention on the other parameters of soil including GPS system to develop the soil fertility map along with consultancy given to farmers. Prof. Tomar laid emphasis on value addition technologies for which specific laboratories should be developed at KVKs. He suggested the development of Specialized Training Centre at different KVKs like betelvine in Balasore KVK (OUAT), Honey bee in Morena KVK, M.P., Farm Machinery at KVK-CIAE, Bhopal, etc. which will help in providing technologies for production, packaging and marketing at the same place for easy implementation.
Dr. U. S. Gautam, Zonal Project Director, Zone VII, Jabalpur informed that KVKs have produced more than 11000 q seed along with 30 lakh planting materials. As new initiatives, KVK-Agro-technology Park includes five components viz., Crop cafeteria, Technology Desk, Visitors Gallery, Technology Exhibition and Technology Gate-valve were discussed and finalized and all KVKs were asked to prepare a plan for implementation of this Park. Further, KVK-Ring was discussed in which a group of three adjoining KVKs are functionally linked to each other for sharing knowledge and other resources and also for cross-learning with each other.
The three-day workshop is being attended by KVK functionaries of the Zone VII, officials from RVSKVV and state line departments.
(Source: NAIP Sub-Project on Mass Media Mobilization, DKMA with inputs from Zonal Project Directorate, Zone VII, Jabalpur)