28th January, 2021, Jodhpur
The ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Jodhpur, Rajasthan organized the two-day “Virtual State Level Work Plan (2021) Workshop for KVKs of Rajasthan” from 27th to 28th January, 2021.
The Chief Guest, Dr. Ashok Kumar Singh, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Extension), ICAR emphasized on taking-up the commercialisation at ground level with focus on demonstration and training. Dr. Singh stressed that the Krishi Vigyan Kendras have to function as complete centres with all the diagnostic facilities including soil, plants and animal husbandry clinics, etc. The DDG also stated about the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the KVKs to work as Common Service Centres. He urged the KVKs to act as mirrors for farmers in crop cafeterias, technology parks, etc., to encourage the farmers for establishing the same in their fields. Dr. Singh emphasized on establishing the Bee Keeping, Technology Incubation for processing and value-addition, Organic Farming, Water Conservation and Sustainability of natural resources and environmental issues.
The Guest of Honor, Prof. D.C. Joshi, Vice-Chancellor, Agricultural University, Kota, Rajasthan regarded the KVKs as one stop shop for farmers at the District level to solve the problems faced by them. Prof. Joshi urged for taking-up the survey in agriculture and allied sectors and document the status report on gaps existing in the technology, skill and knowledge.
Dr. S.K. Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur, Rajasthan urged the KVKs to work in convergence mode. He highlighted the KVK’s role played during the COVID-19 Pandemic situation in Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan for providing the training for self-employment to the migrant labourers of the different areas including location specific technologies. Dr. Singh stressed on taking-up the efforts to address the issues on salinity and alkaline soils through diversification and intensification with horticulture-based interventions in Rajasthan.
Around 6 Directors of Extension Education of State Agricultural Universities of Rajasthan also discussed about the “Entrepreneurship Development for Self Resilient: Opportunity and Perspective in Rajasthan”.
A total of 44 KVKs of Rajasthan presented their Work Plan for the Year - 2021 during the occasion.
(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Zone - II, Jodhpur, Rajasthan)