A three-day orientation-cum-capacity development programme on skill development in agriculture was organized by ICAR-ATARI Kolkata in collaboration with Agriculture Skill Council of India (ASCI) and Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya (BCKV) during September 18-20, 2018.
In his inaugural address, Dr. S.S. Singh, Director ICAR-ATARI Kolkata highlighted the role of skill development in establishing entrepreneurial ventures among progressive farmers and rural youths in the country which would be the backbone for future economic development. He also indicated the necessity of identifying right persons for training and certification of the trainers for quality service delivery.
Prof. P. Bandyopadhyay, Director of Extension Education, BCKV, Nadia explained the timeliness as well as appropriateness of such programmes for bringing and retaining the school and college dropouts/ other rural youth into the mainstream economic growth through agriculture.
Dr. S.K. Mondal, Principal Scientist, ICAR-ATARI Kolkata and Nodal Scientist for the programme informed that 85 skill development trainings in agriculture on different job roles of 200 hours or more duration were sanctioned to KVKs, SAUs, ICAR Institutes of West Bengal, Odisha and Andaman & Nicobar Islands during current year.
About 86 scientists/ faculty members from KVKs, SAUs, ICAR Institutes of West Bengal, Odisha and Andaman & Nicobar Islands of this Zone as well as from Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh participated in the programme.
In this programme, the Trainers from KVKs, ICAR Institutes and SAUs were oriented for conducting the training, each of 200 hours or more duration and for 20 farmers/ rural youth in each batch, after getting certified by ASCI for both domain and platform skills.
(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute Kolkata)