18th September, 2019, New Delhi
Shri Kailash Choudhary, Union Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare inaugurated the One-day Review Workshop of Krishi Vigyan Kendras falling under the ‘C’& ‘D’ categories and some under ‘B’ categories organized at the National Agricultural Science Centre Complex today.
The Minister urged the KVKs falling under the ‘C’ and ‘D’ categories for working hard. He also encouraged the KVKs to target for ‘A’ category in next assessment. Shri Choudhary opined the KVKs to work in such a way that should benefit the farmers to a large extent.
He also emphasized on the KVKs’ role for the technical backstopping of Farmers Producer Organizations (FPOs) and helping in the marketing of various agricultural produces. He stressed on the KVKs’ capability to build confidence among the farmers of the country for doubling their income by the Year - 2022. He urged the KVKs to inform the ICAR authorities and officials about their requirements in terms of infrastructure, etc.
Shri Choudhary also highlighted the need for KVKs’ periodic evaluation. He encouraged the KVKs to get the funding support from the State Governments.
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & DG (ICAR) highlighted about the KVKs’ active participation in the recent programmes namely Krishi Kalyan Abhiyan, Jal Shakti Abhiyan, National Animal Disease Control Programme and Tree Plantation Programme, etc. Dr. Mohapatra underlined about the strategy that would be developed for strengthening the KVKs in the country, particularly those falling under the 'C' and 'D' categories.
Dr. A.K. Singh, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Extension) urged the KVKs to come up with new concepts and technologies, reach the farmers and set an example for the farmers, especially in Doubling the Farmers’ Income by the Year - 2022. Dr. Singh also opined for filling-up the vacant posts in the KVKs, timely release of funds by the Agricultural Universities to the KVKs, mapping of KVKs in PFMS, refraining from frequent transfer of KVK staff, creation of replicable demonstration units at KVKs and technical backstopping of FPOs, etc.
Dr. V.P. Chahal, ADG (Agricultural Extension), ICAR summarized the Workshop’s recommendations.
Dr. Randhir Singh, ADG (Agricultural Extension) proposed the Vote of Thanks.
The Senior Officials of ICAR, State Agricultural Universities along with the Heads of the 63 KVKs participated in the workshop.
(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Extension Division, New Delhi)