28th February, 2020, New Delhi
“The Krishi Vigyan Kendras should establish trust among the farmers as that of a doctor in a particular society or a village”, said Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare in his inaugural address. Shri Tomar was addressing the 11th National KVK Conference organized by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research at the National Agricultural Science Centre Complex, New Delhi here today. The conference will be organized till 1st March, 2020.
The Minister asserted that the collaboration of agriculture, youths and technology together that will take the agriculture to a newer height. He urged the farmers to transfer their knowledge to their descendants. Shri Tomar also emphasized on the indispensable roles played by the Krishi Vigyan Kendras in the promotion of new and advanced technologies among the farmers. He regarded the KVKs as the main source of communication between the farmers and the government policies makers and agricultural scientists. The Minister accentuated on promoting the Farmers’ Producers’ Organizations (FPOs) that can revolutionalize agricultural arena of the country.
The Guest of Honor, Shri Kailash Choudhary, Union Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare urged for making the KVKs stronger and well-updated with the information regarding the new and latest technologies being developed by the various ICAR Institutes pan India. This would help them to provide prompt assistance to the farmers more effectively. The Minister also suggested the farmers to make regularly visiting the KVKs a habit of their daily life. This will help to keep them aware about the new and latest techniques and advancements.
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR) urged the KVKs to be vigilant in their gestures to solve the various challenges and issues being faced by the farmers more effectively and efficiently. He emphasized on making the KVKs a one stop shop that can provide the farmers with any types of help required during the agricultural and farming practices. He suggested the KVKs officials to prepare a proper database of the farmers in the respective areas that will help them to address their problems timely. This requires preparing a proper action plan and implementing it in a proper manner.
Dr. Ashok Kumar Singh, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Extension), ICAR emphasized on making the KVKs a single window system that can provide the information and solve the various problems of the farmers at a same time. He briefed about the status and way forward of the KVKs.
Dr. S.N. Puri, Former Vice-Chancellor, Central Agricultural University, Imphal urged on enhancing the visibility of the KVKs among the farmers.
Dr. V.P. Chahal, ADG (Agricultural Extension, ICAR proposed the vote of thanks.
The various ICAR Publications were released during the occasion.
The senior officials of ICAR Institutes, KVKs and farmers attended the conference.
(Source: ICAR-Directorate of Knowledge Management in Agriculture, New Delhi)