Success of ICT-based interventions highlighted in KVKs review

Raipur, 31st August, 2011

The QRT meeting for reviewing the KVKs of Chhattisgarh was organized during 30-31 August, 2011 at Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Raipur.  The Chairman of KVK-QRT, Dr.R.B.Deshmukh, Former Vice-Chancellor Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri expressed that Rice based monoculture system is the serious concern in the states and KVKs are promoting the diversification through awareness about the highly profitable alternative cropping systems in the state, but it still needs greater attention. He emphasized that profits from the crop production should be highlighted to motivate and encourage the farmers for its adoption.

 Dr.R.P.S. Ratan, member of QRT emphasized that profitability with sustainability is challenging task and there is need to work scientifically on mission mode basis. KVKs should provide regular feedback to research system for location-specific modifications required, he further added.

Dr.U.S.Gautam, Zonal Project Director, Zone-VII highlighted that Kisan Moblie Advisory is very much effective in the Zone in transferring Agricultural Technologies and around one lakh farmers are getting benefits of ICT-based interventions. Dr.J.S.Urkurkar, Director Extension, IGKV presented the achievements of KVKs in Chhattisgarh and highlighted that sweet potato and maize are replacing the area of rice in the state.

The team also visited the farmers’ fields of KVKs - Dhamtari, Kanker and Bastar districts in the state and appreciated efforts of KVKs.

(Source-NAIP Sub-Project on Mass Media Mobilization, DKMA with inputs from Zonal Project Directorate, Zone VII, Jabalpur)