21st July, 2020, Kolkata
The ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Kolkata organized the “Virtual First Annual Zonal Review Workshop of Gramin Krishi Mausam Sewa (GKMS) consisting of the 24 KVKs in the states of Odisha and West Bengal” today.
Dr. K.K. Singh, Head, Indian Meteorological Department, New Delhi primarily focussed on some pitfalls in content generation and the need for expertise in translating the forecast to the advisory knowledge.
Dr. Gokul Debnath, Head Meteorology Division, Kolkata Airport stressed on the importance of the scheme in agriculture production with the present climate change scenario.
Dr. Randhir Singh, ADG (Agricultural Extension), ICAR, New Delhi highlighted the importance of the Agromet Advisory Service along with its usefulness in adopting the different challenges of the farmers to reduce the losses.
Highlighting the importance of the timely dissemination of the Agromet Advisory Service, Dr. P.K. Agarwal, Vice-Chancellor, Odisha University of Agriculture & Technology, Odisha shared his experience on how it reduced several lives and crop losses for farmers, especially in cyclone prone areas like Odisha.
Dr. C. Chattopadhyay, Vice-Chancellor, Uttar Banga Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Cooch Behar urged to strengthen the mechanism of dissemination system to reach maximum numbers of farmers.
Dr. C. Guha, Vice-Chancellor, West Bengal University of Animal & Fishery Sciences, Kolkata, applauded the KVK’s scientists for commendable performance to avert the huge losses of human lives and properties during the prevalence of Amphan Cyclone.
Underlining the year around activities and progress of the DAMU Unit of the different Krishi Vigyan Kendras, Dr. F.H. Rahman, Principal Nodal Officer, GKMS briefed about the discussed salient activities and achievements of the GKMS Scheme.
Earlier, in his welcome address, Dr. S.K. Roy, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Kolkata outlined the main objective of the workshop.
A technical bulletin - GKMS Newsletter was released during the occasion.
Dr. S. Bandopadhyay, DDGM, Regional Meteorological Centre, Kolkata along with the Heads and SMSs of 24 KVKs also participated in the Virtual Workshop.
(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Kolkata)