11th February, Chandigarh
Sardar Prakash Singh Badal, Chief Minister of Punjab was apprised of various extension and outreach activities of KVKs in the state here today. He appreciated the work carried out by KVKs at the grassroots level. He urged every KVK to select five villages to showcase technological applications to demonstrate impact of technologies and their activities. He also emphasized on promoting value addition and post harvest processing for increasing farmers’ income. The Chief Minister shared Government’s innovative step of establishing Federation of Chamber of Farmers on the model of FICCI for empowering farmers to face newer market challenges.. He stressed on reaching the last mile and extending the outreach of the universities and KVKs through more awareness to the resource poor farmers. While highlighting the scope of honey production and processing; mushroom cultivation; dairy, he emphasized quality production of food items for the general consumers. He suggested developing mechanisms to establish brands for farmers’ products and urged all the components of agricultural research, education and extension to help farmers in reducing the cost of cultivation to enable them to earn more profits.
Shri. Suresh Kumar, IAS, Add. Chief Secretary (Development), Government of Punjab stressed the need for better convergence between universities, KVKs, agriculture and line departments to reach to the unreached. He urged KVKs to highlight success stories of farmers developed through KVK interventions.
Dr. B.S. Dhillon, VC, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana talked about the importance of sustainability and enterprise diversification in the state. He also stressed the need to develop more Resource Conserving Technologies for promoting sustainable agriculture. Highlighting integrated farming system, Dr. Dhillon emphasized the importance of enabling farmer to become self sufficient in terms of food, feed and fodder. He also discussed about harnessing the power of ICT to reach to the remotest farmer.
Dr. A.S. Nanda, VC, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Science University, Ludhiana highlighted the role dairy, goatary and fishery can play in adding to farmers’ food basket as well as regular income. He stressed on the enterprise diversification with agriculture and allied sectors to reduce risks and enhance farmers’ risk bearing ability.
Dr. Rajbir Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Ludhiana gave an account of functions, targets and monitoring mechanism of KVKs. He emphasized the necessity of specialized KVKs to cater to the specific needs of the farmers in the region. He also informed about various ICAR initiatives such as ‘ARYA’, ‘Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav’, ‘Farmers’ FIRST’, etc. to strengthen extension system at grassroots level. He also informed the house that ARYA project has been initiated in KVK, Bhatinda and products developed through this project will be branded as Arya-product.
Directors of Extension Education of PAU & GADVASU and Program Coordinators of KVKs of state of Punjab were present during the meeting.
(Source: Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Ludhiana)