20th July, 2021, Ludhiana
The ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Ludhiana, Punjab organized the “Virtual Annual Zonal Workshop of KVKs of Zone - I comprising Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand States and Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh Union Territories” from 18th to 20th July, 2021.
In his inaugural address, the Chief Guest, Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR) applauded the Krishi Vigyan Kendras of Punjab for their relentless efforts in managing the crop residues and promoting DSR in the state. Enhancing the farmers’ income along with safeguarding the agricultural sustainability through intelligent integration of different enterprises was also emphasized in the Director General’s address. Dr. Mohapatra urged for developing the concrete Action Plans and carrying out the assessment of social impact in different scales and dimensions.
Dr. Ashok Kumar Singh, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Extension), ICAR accentuated on the different priority areas like processing & value-addition, mechanization, nutri-sensitive agriculture, women engagement and empowerment, ecosystem management, etc. Dr. Singh highlighted the importance of nutrition mapping of the District.
The Guest of Honor, Padma Shri Awardee, Dr. Baldev Singh Dhillon, Former Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, Punjab outlined the leading role played by the KVKs in promoting the resource conservation technologies in the field of agricultural extension in addition to their mandated activities.
Dr. Tej Partap, Vice-Chancellor, Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar, Uttarakhand highlighted the shift in demography in the rural area of Uttarakhand.
Dr. Parvinder Kaushal, Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Yashwant Singh Parmar University of Horticulture & Forestry, Solan, Himachal Pradesh emphasized on the role of fruits and vegetables cultivation and value-addition in enhancing farmers’ income.
Dr. Inderjeet Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University , Ludhiana, Punjab underlined the significance of livestock interventions of the KVKs in ensuring the stable income for the farmers and building climatic resilience in the farming system.
Dr. J.P. Sharma, Vice-Chancellor, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology, Jammu & Kashmir stressed on mobilizing the farmers and farm women through group approaches like Farmers’ Producers’ Organizations and Commodity Interest Groups for effective marketing of the farm products.
Dr. H.K. Chaudhary, Vice-Chancellor, CSK Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Palampur, Himachal Pradesh outlined the achievements of the research on Natural Farming and its popularization among the farmers.
Earlier, in his welcome address, Dr. Rajbir Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Ludhiana, Punjab highlighted the salient achievements of the Zone for the period of 2020.
More than 150 officials of ICAR Institutes virtually participated in the Workshop.
(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Ludhiana, Punjab)