The KVKs have become a representative organization of agriculture in the District: Shri Narendra Singh Tomar
7th July, 2020
Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare laid down the Foundation Stone of the Administrative Building of Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Daatganj, Badaun - 2, Uttar Pradesh today.
Shri Tomar emphasized that the KVKs have become a representative organization of agriculture in the District. He urged the KVKs to focus their activities on the small and marginal farmers. The Minister applauded the role played by the Government of Uttar Pradesh during the lockdown period for successful harvesting, storage and marketing of farm produce. Shri Tomar also outlined the Government of India’s two Ordinances in the field of agriculture that will revolutionize the field of agriculture by enabling the farmers to sell their produce anywhere in the country without any restrictions. The Union Minister highlighted the introduction of the Farmers' Empowerment and Protection Ordinance - 2020 for Price Assurance and Agreements for Agricultural Services that guarantees the farmers the value of their produce in advance.
Shri Kailash Choudhary, Union Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare urged the Krishi Vigyan Kendras for emphasizing more doubling the farmers’ income. He also advised the KVKs to become the centre of attraction for every farmer and also provide technological backstopping to the Farmers’ Producers’ Organizations.
Shri Surya Pratap Shahi, Minister for Agriculture Education and Research, Government of Uttar Pradesh apprised about the land provided by the Government of Uttar Pradesh for the establishment of 20 KVKs along with the help being provided to the existing KVKs in many ways including Rs. 1 crore to each of 18 KVKs establishing the Centre of Excellence in different areas.
Apprising about the problems being faced by the farmers, Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & DG (ICAR) highlighted the role of the KVKs in helping the farmers to solve their problems and the significant contribution of the State Governments, especially, the Uttar Pradesh Government in this regard. The Director General also outlined the important role played by the KVKs in serving the farmers during the lockdown period by sending them mobile advisories and providing with the quality seeds and planting materials.
At the outset, Dr. Ashok Kumar Singh, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Extension), ICAR briefed about 86 KVKs that are operational in Uttar Pradesh.
Shri Dharmendra Kashyap, Member of Parliament; Shri Rajiv Kumar Singh, Member of Legislative Assembly; Dr. R.K. Mittal, Vice-Chancellor, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture and Technology, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh Director, ICAR-ATARI, Kanpur, Dr. Atar Singh and other officers and employees also witnessed the ceremony through video conferencing.
(Source: Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Badaun - 2, Uttar Pradesh)