24th September 2015, Hyderabad
ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application and Research Institute (Zone V) and ICAR-Central Research Institute of Dryland Agriculture, Hyderabad jointly organized Capacity building programme on soil health improvement technologies and up scaling strategies as a part of International Year of Soils celebrations.
Dr. A. Padma Raju, Vice chancellor, Acharya NG Ranga Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University, the chief guest stressed on the importance of soil health management for enhancing production and productivity. He called upon the KVKs to play an important role in not only educating the farmers on importance of soil health management but also on judicious use of fertilizers
Dr. Ch Srinivas Rao, Director ICAR-CRIDA highlighted various soil management efforts being made under the NICRA programme by 121 KVKs in the form of GPS based soil testing, application of tank silt for improving the soil moisture retention for drought mitigation, soil organic carbon management, soil health card based fertilizer application, resource conservation agriculture etc.
Dr. N Sudhakar, Director ICAR – ATARI (Zone V) urged the KVK scientists to promote the concept soil test based fertilizer application and INM practices for judicious nutrient management.
Dr. G Rajender Reddy, Sr. Scientist and coordinator of the progamme welcomed the dignitaries and participants of the capacity building programme.
On this occasion Mr. Anil Patil, an innovative farmer form Palghar district, Maharashtra was felicitated for his pioneering work on low water consuming paddy cultivation with poly mulch and he also made a presentation of his work.
Dr.JVNS Prasad, Principal Scientist, ICAR-CRIDA presented formal vote of thanks.
50 KVK Scientists from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Maharashtra participated in the programme.
(Source: ICAR-ATARI and ICAR-CRIDA, Hyderabad)