27th August, Suttur, Mysore
In the gracious presence of His Holiness Jagdguru Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswamiji of Jgadguru Sri Veerasimhasana Mahasamsthana Math, Suttur Srikshetra, Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary (DARE) & Director General, ICAR inaugurated the newly built Mini Seminar Hall and the Plant Health Diagnostic Laboratory of the JSS Krishi Vigyan Kendra at Suttur in Mysore district on 27th August 2011. Dr. V.V. Sadamate, Advisor, Planning Commission, Government of India was the guest of honour on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Ayyappan appealed to the media to highlight the record production of food grain, which reached 241 MT this year. Strengthening KVKs, getting farmers involved in setting agendas through its “Farmers First” initiative and promoting agripreneurs, especially keeping the rural youth in mind and developing “Agri Incubators” are some of the current efforts of ICAR to bring back the pride in agriculture, he said. Dr. Ayyappan congratulated JSS Mahavidyappetha, the host institution of JSS KVK, and the entire KVK team for winning the Zonal KVK Award for the year 2010.
Dr. V.V.Sadamate suggested that each KVK may bring out its own publication in the regional language in which the state and central schemes may be published on a regular basis for the benefits of the farmers.
Dr. M.Mahadevappa, Former Vice Chancellor, University Agriculture Sciences, Dharwad, former Chairman, Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board and presently the Director, Rural Development, JSS Mahavidyapeetha, in his introductory remarks highlighted some of the important contributions of the KVK in which he mentioned the yield improvement in crops like paddy, cotton, pigeon pea and banana are essentially on account of innovative work of the KVK and its functional relationship with the various development departments..
Sri. B.N. Betkerur, IAS (Rtd.), Executive Secretary, JSS Mahavidyapeetha, presided over the function.
Over hundred farmers participated in the event along with members of the Scientific Advisory Committee and senior officers of JSS. Various scientists and extension functionaries from a cross section of the state and district R & D institutions were also present.
(Source: NAIP Sub-Project on Mass Media Mobilization, DKMA with inputs from Zonal Project Directorate, Zone VII)