30th July, 2021, Bengaluru
“The research system should utilize the KVK system to hasten the technology development and reduce the time lag in technology dissemination”, urged Dr. Ashok Kumar Singh, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Extension), ICAR. Dr. Singh was delivering the inaugural address of the “Zonal Workshop for KVKs of Zone - XI of ICAR-ATARI, Bengaluru comprising of Karnataka, Kerala and Lakshadweep” organized by the ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Bengaluru, Karnataka today. The Zonal Workshop was organized on the theme of “Doubling the Farmers' Income through Strengthening KVKs with Inclusive Technologies and Innovative Approaches”.
Dr. Singh stressed that the research and extension should go hand-in-hand and the KVK system should be treated as an important partner in the technology development continuum. He opined for the establishment of the Crop and Technology Cafeteria consisting of both the newly developed crops / technologies and traditional crops and practices in the KVKs to provide the farmers with the comprehensive and holistic information. “The KVKs must strive to have modern diagnostic facilities and processing & value-addition technologies with additional financial support from sponsoring, wherever possible”, stressed the Deputy Director General.
Earlier, in his welcome address, Dr. V. Venkatasubramanian, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Bengaluru, Karnataka outlined the important activities being carried out by the KVKs of the Zone - XI. He emphasized the importance of convergence with the Agricultural Universities, ICAR Institutes and State Development Departments for the benefits of KVKs and farmers.
The Directors of the ICAR Institutes, Heads and Scientists of Krishi Vigyan Kendras and Officials of the State Agricultural Universities participated in the Workshop.
(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Bengaluru, Karnataka)