Annual Zonal Workshop of ZPD, Zone-II Organized

3 June 2014, Kolkata

The Annual Zonal Workshop for the Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) of Zonal Project Directorate, Zone-II was organized at National Institute of Research for Jute and Allied Fibre Technology (NIRJAFT), Kolkata during 2-3 June, 2014.

Professor C.S. Chakraborty, Vice Chancellor, West Bengal University of Animal and Fishery Sciences (WBUA&FS), Kolkata inaugurated the workshop. In his inaugural remark, he emphasized upon the sustainable revolution in Indian agriculture through contribution of all the stakeholders involved in agricultural development process. Dr. Chakraborty highlighted the need of enhancement in productivity of crops and livestock. He urged KVKs to narrow the gap between present level of productivity and attainable yield to ensure food and nutritional security.

Dr. A.K. Singh, Zonal Project Director, Zonal Project Directorate, Zone-II, Kolkata presented the achievement of 2013-14 and highlighted various initiatives taken at the ZPD level. He stressed upon the adoption of farming system approach by the KVKs to optimize resource utilization, profit maximization and upholding environmental benignity.

In his remark, Dr. D. Nag, Director, NIRJAFT underscored the need to strengthen synergy between ICAR Institutes and KVKs for holistic dissemination of frontline technologies developed by ICAR Institutes. He briefed the gathering about technologies developed by NIRJAFT and urged ZPD to effectively collaborate in extending such farmer-friendly technologies in every corner of Zone-II.

Dignitaries also released ten publications during the workshop.

During technical sessions continued for two days, the KVKs presented proposed action plan and significant achievements. The action plan was critically reviewed and suggestions were made accordingly. Invited lectures were also presented on ‘plant nutrients and human health’ by Dr. Soumitra Das, Dr. Kaushik Majumder (GM, IFFCO) and Dr. Niraj Awasthi.

The Programme Coordinators of KVKs also visited the exhibit-cum-sales counter of NIRJAFT and ZTM-BPD unit to understand the process of jute grading, preparation of paper from waste jute, jute reinforced composite, jute based ornamental fabric, jute geo-textiles and others.

KVKs of ZPD, Zone-II are spread across the Union Territory of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal.

Representatives of International Potash Institute, International Plant Nutrient Institute, scientists of Zonal Project Directorate and Programme Coordinators of 82 KVKs participated in the workshop.

(Source: ZPD, Zone-II, Kolkata)