Bastar, 4th May, 2012
19th Zonal Workshop for Krishi Vigyan Kendras(KVKs) was inaugurated by Shri Baiduram Kashyap, MLA, Chitrakot and Co-chairman, Bastar Vikas Pradhikaran, Chhattisgarh Government. During his inaugural address, Shri Kashyap emphasized upon the livelihood models for marginal and landless tribals so that they could continue in the farming for long period. He urged all the KVKs for making pro-farmers efforts for their betterment. Dr.S.K. Patil, Vice-Chancellor, Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwavidyalya, Raipur said KVKs have to identify the mechanism to disseminate technical information more faster by making paradigm shift form “input-based agriculture” to “Knowledge-based agriculture” so that clear differentiations could be made for the work of KVKs and the departments.
Shri Lachhuram Kashyapji, Chairman, Zila Panchayat said that agriculture and forest produce are the major source of livelihood of the tribal people. He urged scientists of KVKs to work on the organic manure availability and its use by the farmers rather than dependency on the chemical fertilizer. Dr. Anupam Mishra, Zonal Project Director, Zone-VII mentioned various awards and recognitions to the KVKs of the Zone VII for their outstanding field works and efforts. Prof. Manhar Adil, Member of Board of Management appreciated KVKs work and performance.
Dr. K.D. Kokate, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Extension), ICAR, Chief Guest of Plenary Session, addressed the scientists of KVKs and appreciated the kind of field works done by the KVKs even being located in the remote location. During the field visit, he inaugurated two farmers’ house which were constructed by the additional income generated by the profitable farming. He appealed all KVK scientists to focus on increasing the outreach to the villages for covering more villages as operational area through using ICT tools, better communication strategy and functional convergence. He applauded the custom hiring model established under NICRA villages in Zone VII, Jabalpur.
More than 150 KVK scientists, scientists from 15 ICAR institutes, officials of the State Government and media participated in the workshop.
(Source: NAIP Sub-Project on Mass Media Mobilization with inputs from ZPD, Zone-VII)