3rd August, 2019, Pune
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & DG (ICAR) laid the Foundation Stone of the Administrative Building of ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Pune here today.
During his interface meeting with ICAR the various Officials, the Director General highlighted the vital role being played by the Krishi Vigyan Kendras in bridging the gap between the Lab to Land by disseminating the location specific technologies.
He outlined the KVKs working in the District as the single window system to provide the necessary input and advisory services to the farmers. The Director General emphasized on utilizing about 3 lakh Common Service Centres in the country to solve the farmers’ problems by linking them with the KVKs. Dr. Mohapatra stated that about 4 crore farmers are connected through the various activities organized by 714 KVKs across the country. He underlined that more than 12 to 15 lakh farmers are trained every year by the KVKs.
The Director General emphasized to focus on doubling the farmers’ income through the integrated crop management, animal husbandry, fisheries, horticulture, post-harvest management, value addition and creating market avenues.
Dr. A.K. Singh, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Extension), ICAR, New Delhi stated about the KVK being a front-line extension system that involves location specific technology assessment for its application on the farmers’ fields. He said that it is now globally identified science-based extension system that has been proved by achieving the productivity enhancement, especially, in pulses. Dr. Singh opined that the establishment of ICAR-ATARI’s Office at Pune would help in the effective coordination and monitoring of the KVKs in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Dr. K.D. Kokate, Ex-Deputy Director General (Agricultural Extension), ICAR, New Delhi expressed his satisfaction for the starting of ICAR-ATARI in Pune.
Dr. K.P. Viswanatha, Vice-Chancellor, Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri urged to focus on the development and application of location specific IFS modules for doubling the farmers’ income. He stated about the region-wise development of IFS modules for Vidarbha, Marathwada, Western Maharashtra and Konkan regions by the State Agricultural Universities in Maharashtra.
Dr. Lakhan Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Pune briefed about the important achievements of the zone. He stated about the initiatives taken on the innovative monitoring mechanism and extension methodologies for overseeing the KVKs.
Dr. T. Janakiram, ADG (Horticulture Science), ICAR, New Delhi along with other dignitaries was also present during the occasion.
The occasion also marked the releasing of Publication of First Issue of ICAR-ATARI, Pune News.
The various Senior Officials of ICAR were present during the occasion.
(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Pune)