New Initiatives by Agricultural Extension Division
  • Knowledge Systems and Homestead Agriculture Management in Tribal Areas (KSHAMTA): Under KSHAMTA programme during the year, KVKs across the country conducted 6009 on-farm trials and 34958 frontline demonstrations. Capacity development of 607936 farmers/farm women and 60136 extension personnel were done through training programs. Extension activities organized by the KVKs benefitted 971423 participants. The technological inputs like seeds (33121 q), planting material (58.84 lakh) and livestock strains and fish finger lings (15.64 lakh) were produced by KVKs. Besides, by analyzing 86040 samples of soil, water, plant and manure, mobile advisories were sent to 36.12 lakh farmers on various aspects of agriculture.
  • In-situ Crop Residue Management: Under the project “Awareness for In-situ Crop Residue Management”, 60 KVKs of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi are working with focus on promotion of agricultural machineries, demonstrations, training and other Information, Education and Communication (IEC) activities for in-situ management of crop residues. Across the three states under IEC activities, selected villages were targeted to sensitize people about the harmful effect of residue burning, benefits of in-situ residue management and government schemes of availability of subsidized machines. Various awareness programmes including more than 100 panel discussions were telecast on DD Kisan and publicity materials were distributed among more than 4.5 lakh stakeholders. Similarly, around 700 awareness programs at village, block and district levels and 75 Kisan Melas with about 2 lakh participants were organized. Likewise, about 40000 students from 250 schools and colleges were involved to spread the message against residue burning. Environmentalists and religious saints were roped in to mobilize as many stakeholders as possible. Moreover, 400 hands-on trainings for about 20000 farmers, tractor owners and machine operators were organized. Frontline Demonstrations in more than 12000 ha area were organized. About 200 exposure visits, 250 field days and harvest days were also organized in which more than 10000 farmers were oriented to the technologies. The festival of Baisakhi was celebrated as “No Crop residue burning day”. As a result, in Punjab, Haryana and UP, about 18.7%, 31.0% and 52.0% reduction in number of burning events were observed in 2019 as compared to that in 2018, 2017 and 2016, respectively.
  • Linking KVKs with Common Service Centres (CSCs): An MoU has been signed with Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India to link KVKs with CSCs on 16.07.2019. Accordingly, 3.5 lakh CSCs have been linked with the KVKs for providing technological solutions to the farmers visiting CSCs with agriculture related technological problems.
  • Role of KVKs in Jal Shakti Abhiyan of Ministry of Jal Shaki: In all, 466 melas have been organized by 243 KVKs under Jal Shakti Abhiyan with participation of 257408 farmers and school children in first phase up to 30.09.2019. Likewise, 91 melas have been organized by 91 KVKs under Jal Shakti Abhiyan with participation of 56746 farmers and school children on 02.10.2019. Number of activities were conducted like, discussion on water conservation and efficient water use including use of micro irrigation systems, live demonstration on drip and sprinkler irrigation systems, Nukkad Natak, farmers scientist interaction, quiz competition on water management, drawing/rangoli competition, film shows on importance of water conservation and micro Irrigation, demonstration on roof top rain water harvesting, sharing of farmers’ experiences, method demonstration on measurement of soil moisture with electronic moisture meter, exhibition, distribution of saplings of trees, felicitation of farmers, etc.
  • Establishment of District Agricultural Meteorological Units (DAMU) under KVKs: Under MoU with India Meteorological Department (IMD) to provide Agro-met Advisory Services in local language in the country through KVKs to serve the farming community in different Agro-climatic zones to reduce the risk due to climatic aberration and improve productivity, District Agro-Met Units (DAMUs) have been established in the premises of 199 KVKs. The KVKs have recruited 116 SMSs and 93 Agro-met Observers under the project out of which 103 staff have been trained.

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