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Zonal Review workshop of Farmer FIRST Programme and ARYA


9th February 2019, Ludhiana

The ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Ludhiana organized Zonal Review Workshop of Farmer FIRST Programme (FFP) and Attracting and Retaining Youth in Agriculture (ARYA) to review the activities conducted during 2018-19 by the seven FFP and four centres under Zone-I. Dr R. Parshad, Former Assistant Director General (Agricultural Extension) in his remarks emphasised that a mechanism should be ensured so that beneficiary selected under FFP should carry the intervention after withdrawal of project. He also stressed that farm families selected under this programme must be involved as active partners at every stage for improving the livelihood security in a sustainable way. He also stressed that training under ARYA project should be of longer period for entrepreneurship development amongst rural youth and may be linked with FPOs for marketing their produce.

Dr. Rajbir Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI briefed about the implementation of seven projects under FFP and four ARYA projects and upcoming six new ARYA centres in Zone-I. He also emphasised upon promotion of income generating activities, resource conservation technologies, diversification and intensification for doubling the income of farmers.

Dr. Arvind Kumar, Nodal Officer, FFP, Zone-I highlighted the project modalities and their evaluation by different committees that are constituted according to FFP guidelines. Dr. Rajesh Kumar Rana, Nodal Officer, ARYA, Zone-I also briefed about guidelines for implementing ARYA project by the new ARYA centres.

The Principal Investigators of six FFP centres and four ARYA centres of Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttarakhand presented the technical and financial progress of the project.  The entrepreneurs developed under ARYA projects also share story of their journey. A total of 50 PIs, Co-PIs, Heads of KVKs, and entrepreneurs participated in review workshop of FFP and ARYA.

(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Applications Research Institute, Ludhiana)