30th December, 2019, Jodhpur
The ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Jodhpur organized the “4th Zonal Committee Meeting of Attracting & Retaining Youth in Agriculture (ARYA) for 9 KVKs (including 6 KVKs from Rajasthan and 9 KVKs from Haryana)” today.
The Chief Guest, Dr. O.P. Yadav, Director, ICAR-Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur regarded the ARYA Project as one of the ICAR’s ambitious projects to minimize the youth’s migration from rural areas to urban areas. He opined that a major portion of youth population in rural areas below 35 years of age can be attracted to the agriculture for gainful employment and further to the entrepreneurs. This will help the youths to be self-employed and enable them to provide employment to the others on the secondary agriculture.
Dr. Yadav urged the Krishi Vigyan Kendras to document on kind of innovations undertaken, large scale success and impacts. He also stressed on the implementation of the correctional measures by the KVKs as advised by the District Management Committee of ARYA for the improvement.
Dr. Ishwar Singh, Direction of Extension Education, Agricultural University, Jodhpur mentioned about the various factors that refrain the youth from opting the agriculture. He asserted that the ARYA Project will definitely guide the youth for coming forward for the agriculture including secondary agriculture. This will provide them with the self-employment indirect employment to the others as well.
Dr. P.P. Rohilla, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur outlined the completion of 5 Years by the ARYA Project that was started in the Year - 2014-15 with 2 KVKs in Zone-II. He emphasized on the implementation of the Project by 9 KVKs of Zone-II with several enterprises with the main aim to stop the rural youth’s migration from rural areas to the cities.
The Committee reviewed the achievements and work plans of 9 KVKs of Rajasthan and suggested the improvements.
(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Zone-II, Jodhpur)