20 - 21 July, 2020, Patna
The ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Patna, Bihar organized a two-day “Virtual Annual Zonal Workshop for 68 KVKs of ICAR-ATARI, Patna comprising Bihar and Jharkhand” from 20th to 21st July, 2020.
In his inaugural address, the chief guest, Shri Kailash Choudhary, Union Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers' Welfare applauded the Krishi Vigyan Kendras' role in realizing the target of doubling the farmers' income by 2022. The Minister also urged for developing the Integrated Farming System (IFS) models and creating the Farmers' Producers' Organizations (FPOs). He suggested for strengthening the KVKs to enhance the importance and visibility and attract more farmers towards the KVKs.
In his presidential address, Dr. Prem Kumar, Minister of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry & Fisheries, Government of Bihar suggested for implementing the IFS models at farmer’s field, making the farmers aware about the Pardhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojna (PMKSY) and fertilizer's application on the basis of Soil Health Card.
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR) stressed on achieving the target of doubling the farmers' income, scaling-up the IFS models among small and marginal farmers, promoting the goat, pig and fish farming in Jharkhand and issues related to migrant laborers.
Dr. Ashok Kumar Singh, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Extension), ICAR emphasized on the blending of indigenous technologies with the modern technology for enriching the natural resources and reducing the cost of cultivation. He also appreciated the implementation of IFS models and formation of FPOs by KVKs in the Zone.
Dr. Ajoy Kumar Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Bihar Agricultural University, Sabour urged the KVKs for focussing on involving more young farmers and entrepreneurship development.
Dr. R.C. Shrivastav, Vice-Chancellor, DRPCAU, Pusa emphasized on skilling the migrant laborers and linking them with the Government schemes to stop migration.
Dr. Rameshwar Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Bihar Animal Science University, Patna emphasized on strengthening the animal husbandry component in the KVKs which will be helpful in doubling the farmers' income.
Dr. Anjani Kumar, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Patna briefed about the achievements of the Zone - IV for the Year - 2019-20.
Dr. Randhir Singh, ADG (Agricultural Extension) ICAR presented the vote of thanks.
A total of 68 KVKs of Bihar & Jharkhand presented their activities taken up during 2019-20 and the Action Plan for the year - 2020-21 during the occasion.
(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Zone - IV, Patna, Bihar)