1st July, 2021, Jodhpur
Dr. Ashok Kumar Singh, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Extension), ICAR inaugurated the three-day “Virtual Annual Zonal Review Meeting of KVKs of Rajasthan, Haryana & Delhi” organized by the ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Jodhpur, Rajasthan today.
In his inaugural address, Dr. Singh stated the state-wise and location-specific problems that are to be identified and addressed by the grouping of Krishi Vigyan Kendras. He also stressed that the programmes are to be taken-up for documentation / preservation of the local and indigenous ITKs, crops and breeds. The DDG emphasized on the development of the Kisan Sarathi App to address the queries received from the farmers with the help of Artificial Intelligence.
Dr. B.R. Kamboj, Vice-Chancellor, CCSHAU, Hisar urged the KVKs to use ICT platforms for organizing the training programmes and extension activities, etc. He stressed that the crop rotation of the paddy-wheat system is to be diversified with inclusion of pulses for maintaining the soil fertility and protecting the environment by less use of fertilizers, pesticides and weedicides.
Dr. S.K. Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur underlined the status of KVKs and programmes being taken-up at each KVK. He also urged the KVKs to work in a convergence mode for addressing the problems of farmers in a holistic manner.
A total of 63 KVKs, 7 Directors of Extension Education of State Agricultural Universities along with the other dignitaries are participating in the three-day meeting.
(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Jodhpur, Rajasthan)