Annual Zonal Workshop of KVKs of Zone IV and V was jointly organized by ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Kolkata, ICAR-ATARI Patna and OUAT, Bhubaneswar during 26-27 May, 2018 at Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneswar. In this program, 122 KVKs of Andaman & Nicobar Islands (3), Bihar (39), Jharkhand (24), Odisha (33) and West Bengal (23) participated and presented their progress report (2017-18) and action plan (2018-19).
Dr.TrilochanMohapatra , Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR)in his inaugural address said, “our farmers are facing the problem of plenty”. Dr Mohapatra emphasised on post harvest and value addition activities. KVK has to develop itself as a ‘One Stop Shop’ at district level to cater to every need of the farmer, he added. He said ten so called backward districts in Odisha have been designated as ‘Aspirational Districts’ and KVKs will have special programmes for development of agriculture and allied sectors in those areas. He urged that the KVKs will have to take challenges to match to the pressing need of development and well being of farmers.
Prof. S. Pasupalak, Vice Chancellor, OUAT emphasized on a system approach by inclusion of other vocations with crops for doubling farmers’ income. He also said there is a need to focus on post harvest, value addition and need based market interventions for enhancing farmers income. Besides profitability, sustainability and nutritional security especially for women and children in tribal dominated areas are important. OUAT has taken serious steps in ensuring bottom-up planning process for research and extension which would ensure surfacing the real problems of farmers and need based interventions in addressing them.
Dr SaurabhGarg, Principal Secretary, Dept. of Agriculture & F.E., Govt. of Odisha appreciated the efforts made by the agricultural universities for transfer of agricultural know-how to the farmers’ field. He stressed upon the support of KVK scientist in strengthening Farm Information Advisory Centres (FIAC) operating at block levels for making the technology transfer system more meaningful.
Dr. S.S. Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Kolakata and Dr.Anjani Kumar, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Patna presented the achievements of their respective zones for the year 2017-18.
Five publications relating to doubling farmers’ income published by OUAT and enhancing resilience in agriculture for climate change, enhancing pulse and oilseed production etc. published by ICAR-ATARIs were released during the occasion.
During the workshop, one special session was organized on 26th May, 2018 in which Dr. A.K. Singh, Dy. Dir. General, ICAR, New Delhi delivered the key note address. Dr. A.K. Singh, DDG (Agril Extension), ICAR, New Delhi, urged the KVKs to take appropriate interventions towards increasing farmers’ income. He said KVK acts as knowledge and resource centre for agricultural technology and they should showcase the frontier technologies for the farmers. Knowledge Systems and Homestead Agriculture Management in Tribal Areas (KSHAMTA) to achieve balanced growth and economic development, Nutri-sensitive Agricultural Research and Innovations (NARI), Value Addition and Technology Incubation Centers in Agriculture (VATICA) are the new programs to be implemented by KVKs, he added.
Vice-Chancellors of Bihar Agriculture University and West Bengal University of Animal & Fishery Sciences; and Deans, Extension Education from all agricultural universities of Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal also attended the Workshop of KVKs.
(Source:ICAR- Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Kolkata)