9th May, 2017, Kangra.
Sh. S.S. Ahluwalia, Union Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers' Welfare and Parliamentary Affairs visited the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Kangra and chaired a Kisan Goshthi.
The Minister said that farm officers and scientists should work hard to transfer the new scientific technologies to the fields as there is huge gap between laboratories and farms. He stated that traditional knowledge has its utility and integrated farming, animal husbandry, poultry, fishery, mushroom cultivation etc are important to increase the per capita income of the farm families. He also enlightened the farmers about new plans of the Central Government and emphasized the need to involve the youth in farming for which the Government has initiated programmes like Start Up India, skill enhancement training etc and urged the farming community to make use of new programmes and schemes for better livelihood and income.
In response to a problem of monkey menace, wild animal in agriculture, raised by the farmers, the Minister urged the scientists to think out of box to solve such problems and also put forth some suggestions to deal with these challenges.
Earlier, Prof. A.K. Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, CSAHPKV, Palampur welcomed the chief guest and apprised the minister that university has developed twenty models of enterprises which can enable the farmers to double their income by 2022.
He elaborated about such enterprises and assured the minister that the university would toil hard to help the farming community to double their income. He also presented a detailed overview of various academic, research and extension education activities of the University.
Prof. Atul, Director (Extension) told that KVKs are integrating new government schemes in their action plan. Besides, progressive farmers and farm women of the district, officers from agriculture department were also present on the occasion.
(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Zone-1, Ludhiana)