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 19th April 2019, Shimla

The ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Ludhiana in collaboration with the Directorate of Extension Education, Dr. Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture & Forestry Solan (HP) organized State Level Action Plan Meeting of KVKs of Himachal Pradesh for 2019-20 on 19th April, 2019 at Regional Horticultural Research & Training (RHRS), Mashobra, Shimla (HP).

Dr. Rajbir Singh, Director, ATARI, Ludhiana in his opening remarks praised the efforts made by KVKs despite tough working conditions in the state and manifold increase in KVK activities. He stated about the key role being played by the Krishi Vigyan Kendras in the technology assessment and dissemination of latest technologies to the farmers in respective districts. During last 4-5 years, many new schemes have been introduced by Government of India/ICAR are also being implemented by KVKs. Consequently, the volume, activities and monitoring has increased tremendously. He stressed that action plan should focus on diversification for Doubling Farmers’ Income in the state. He also deliberated on the perspective and expectations of this meeting in formulating the action plan of KVKs of Himachal Pradesh.

Dr. V.S. Thakur, Director, Extension, Dr Y.S Parmar UHF Solan, in his remarks said that role of KVKs is very important and its work has direct impact on GDP. He stressed that there is a need to promote sub-tropical fruits and vegetables for higher returns and meeting the vision of doubling farmers’ income. He emphasized to promote jackfruit cultivation in almost all the districts of HP as it may give handsome returns per unit area to farmers.

Dr. Y.P. Thakur, Director, Extension, CSK HPKV Palampur, laid the emphasis on organic/natural farming, diversification, integrated farming systems to double the farmers’ income. He further said that OFTs/FLDs should be conducted preferably on major crops of the district and also under rain-fed conditions as about 80% of the state area is rain-fed. He also stressed upon strengthening of livestock component as it is an integral part of farming system in the hill state. KVKs should link the skill development courses with entrepreneurship development.

More than 30 Heads, SMSs of KVKs and Scientists of RHRTS, Mashobra (HP) participated in the workshop. At the end, Dr. Arvind Kumar, Principal Scientist, ICAR-ATARI, Ludhiana proposed vote of thanks and lauded their efforts in making this meeting a success.