26th May, 2015, Barrackpore
The Annual Zonal Workshop of ICAR-ZPD, Zone-II was organized by Zonal Project Directorate, Kolkata at ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore on May 26-27, 2015.
In the inagural session, Dr. A.K. Singh, Zonal Project Director, Zone II briefed the house about various initiatives taken for the KVKs and performance of the KVKs in mandated and other activities.
Dr. V.P. Chahal, Principal Scientist, Agricultural Extension Division, ICAR opined that KVKs should focus on soil health management, providing backstopping to ATMA and giving priority to mandated activities.
Dr. Manas Ghosh, Director, SAMETI urged the KVKs to take up model farm school and demonstration on IFS from the fund support of ATMA. The contribution of KVKs of West Bengal particularly in sending message to large number of farmers through Farmers’ Portal was specially praised by him.
A special lecture on ushering in green revolution in rainfed rice areas in eastern India; stress tolerant rice varieties was delivered by Dr. U.S. Singh, Sr. Scientist and South Asia Regional Coordinator, IRRI. He presented the performance of rice varieties namely Swarna Sub-1, Sambha Sub-1, IR-64, DRT-1, Sukhadhan 5 and 6.
Few KVKs involved in seed production and other activities related to those varieties shared their experiences. It was decided that a structure mechanism will be developed at the ICAR headquarter level for involving KVKs in extrapolation of those varieties under specific land situation.
The inaugural session was graced by Directors of CIFRI, Barrackpore, NIRJAFT, Kolkata, Zonal Project Director, Director, SAMETI, West Bengal, Directors of Extension Education of six SAUs of Zone-II, Heads of division of CIFRI, officials from Zonal Project Directorate, Programme Coordinators of 83 KVKs spread across Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and A&N Islands and other dignitaries.
(Source: ICAR-Zonal Project Directorate, Zone II, Kolkata)