17 - 19 July, 2020, Jodhpur
The ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Jodhpur, Rajasthan organized the “Virtual Annual Zonal Review Workshop of KVKs of Zone - II” from 17th to 19th July, 2020.
The Chief Guest, Shri Kailash Choudhary, Union Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, urged the Krishi Vigyan Kendras to address the issues like ground water recharge, development of integrated farming system models and creation of Farmers ’Producers’ Organizations (FPOs). The Minister advised the KVKs to address the issues of small, marginal and landless farmers along with benefitting the progressive farmers. He suggested the KVKs for making the farmers aware about the contact farming that is going to be taken-up by the multinational companies in near future.
Underlining the taking-up of the research on locusts problem by the ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi in 1980’s, Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & DG (ICAR) urged the KVKs to monitor the movement of locust and study the effect of application of heavy doses of pesticides on the environment. The Director General also highlighted the importance of KVKs on Crop Residue Management, ground water recharge, addressing the issues related to migrant laborers, diversification from rice-wheat system particularly in Haryana with introduction of summer green-gram, ecological sustainability, etc.
Dr. Ashok Kumar Singh, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Extension), ICAR emphasized on the blending of the indigenous technologies with the modern technology to enrich the natural resources and reduce the cost of cultivation through farm mechanisation by Custom Hiring Centres, virtually leading to doubling the farmers’ income by 2022. He also urged to popularize the seed spices in cluster approach.
Dr. J.S. Sandhu, Vice-Chancellor, Sri Karan Narendra Agriculture University, Jobner, Rajasthan emphasized on strengthening the coordination between the research and extension system to foster the transfer of technology from lab to land.
Dr. S.K. Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Zone - II, Jodhpur, Rajasthan outlined the brief report of the Year - 2019-20. He also highlighted the innovative progressive farmers and FPOs on Soya-Paneer of Kota and Rose Processing for Gulkand making of Chittorgarh.
A total of 63 KVKs of Rajasthan, Haryana and Delhi presented their activities taken-up during 2019-20 during the occasion.
(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Zone - II, Jodhpur, Rajasthan)