14th July, 2020, Bengaluru
Shri Kailash Choudhary, Union Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers' Welfare inaugurated the "Virtual Annual Zonal Review Workshop of KVKs of Zone - XI comprising of Karnataka, Kerala and Lakshadweep" organized by the ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Bengaluru today.
The Minister urged the Krishi Vigyan Kendras, ICAR Institutes and State Agricultural Universities to constantly examine the farmers' problems and continuously engage with farming community in generating and advocating proper solutions to their problems. He stressed on getting the feedback from the farming community on the performance of technologies and respond immediately. Shri Choudhary suggested the KVKs to be aware of all the details about the Government's schemes and programmes and help farmers to get benefitted from the programmes.
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR) complimented the ICAR-ATARI, Bengaluru and KVKs in the Zone for carrying out a number of innovative activities. The Director General applauded the convergence with the Agricultural Universities, ICAR Institutes and State Development Departments.
Dr. Ashok Kumar Singh, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Extension), ICAR stressed on promotion of the concepts and models of Climate Resilient Villages in all the Districts. He urged the KVKs to enhance their reach by using the existing network of Common Service Centers and Anganwadis.
Dr. R. Chandra Babu, Vice-Chancellor, Kerala Agricultural University, Kerala applauded the KVKs' performance in Kerala.
Speaking on the behalf of 6 Agricultural Universities of Karnataka, Dr. M.B. Chetti, Vice-Chancellor, University of Agricultural Science, Dharwad, highlighted the KVKs' salient achievements in Karnataka.
Dr. Chandre Gowda M.J., Director, ICAR-ATARI, Bengaluru briefed about the KVK's achievements in the Zone.
Dr. Randhir Singh, ADG (Agricultural Extension), ICAR along with the senior officials of ICAR Institutes, KVKs, and State Agricultural Universities also participated in the Workshop.
(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Bengaluru)