26th May 2016, Lucknow
Shri Ram Naik, Hon’ble Governor of Uttar Pradesh inaugurated XXIII Annual Zonal Workshop on KVKs of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand at ICAR-Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow today. While addressing the gathering, he said KVK as a grass root level institution have immense potential for strengthening agriculture and related industries for bringing prosperity to the villages which ultimately may culminate to national prosperity. Terming the KVK as lighthouse for the farmers which are capable to offer scientific direction to the farmers, especially in the current changing scenario of Indian agriculture and to play an effective tool for disseminating welfare schemes of the farmers started by the Central Govt.
Hon’ble Governor facilitated three farmers/farm woman for their adoption of innovative technologies. Shri Naik also released the Annual Report of the KVKs for the period 2015-16. He also visited the Exhibition organized on the occasion.
Dr. A.K. Singh, Deputy Director General (Ag. Extension), ICAR expressed his satisfaction over demonstrations on pulses and oilseed crops in 60,000 acre area by KVKs, sending of SMSs to 1.5 crore farmers of the country and production of 1.5 lakh tonnes of seed/planting material. He also highlighted the major schemes of ICAR launched for the benefit of farmers like Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav, Farmers’ First, ARYA, Pre-Kharif and Pre-Rabi Kisan Sammelan and Pradhan Mantri Fasal Beema Yojana.
Dr. U.S Gautam, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Kanpur briefed about activities of KVKs during last year. He apprised that review of the work progress of KVKs of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand during the last year (2015-16) and finalization of action plan for the next year will be discussed in this workshop.
Dr. A.D. Pathak, Director, ICAR-Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research highlighted the research and development contributions of the Institute for the economic development of sugarcane farmers and the state and proposed the formal vote of thanks to all the delegates and dignitaries.
Dr. Gaya Prasad, VC, SVPUA&T, Meerut; Dr. K.M.L. Pathak, VC, DUVASU, Mathura; Dr. S.L. Goswami, VC, BUA&T, Banda; Dr. S. Rajan, Director, ICAR-CISH, Lucknow; Dr. Ravindra Kumar, Director, ICAR-NBFGR, Lucknow; Dr. Mathura Rai, Ex. Director, ICAR-IIVR, Varanasi and Heads of 81 KVKs participated in the event.
(Source: ICAR-Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow)