29th December, 2021, Ahmednagar
Dr. Ashok Kumar Singh, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Extension), ICAR inaugurated the Administrative Building and Farmers’ Hostel of KVK, Dahigaon, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra today. In his inaugural speech, Dr. Singh highlighted the KVK’s efforts for doubling the farmers’ income in the country. The DDG stated that the introduction of additional enterprises like poultry farming; goat rearing, horticulture nursery and mushroom cultivation, etc., will help in doubling the farmers’ income.
The Government of India’s focus on natural farming and organic farming by the use of bio-fertilizers, bio-pesticides and judicious use of chemical fertilizers was underlined by Dr. Singh. The Deputy Director General stressed on linking the farmers with markets through the Farmers’ Producers’ Organizations (FPOs), crop residue management, conservation agriculture, reducing the cost of cultivation, processing and value addition.
Dr. Narendra Ghule Patil, President, Shri Marutrao Ghule Patil Shikshan Sanstha & Former MLA, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra highlighted the challenges and opportunities in front of farmers and the role of KVK in resolving them more strategically.
In his address, Dr. Lakhan Singh, Director, ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Pune, Maharashtra applauded the KVK’s work, especially, the large scale adoption of BDN-711 (Pigeon Pea), Phule Vikram (Chickpea), Phule Samadhan (Wheat), Sugarcane Nursery and Climate-Resilient Technologies.
The Senior Officials of State Department of Maharashtra along with ICAR Institutes, State Agricultural Universities and more than 200 farmers & extension functionaries participated in the event.
(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research, Pune, Maharashtra)