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Zonal Workshop of KVKs organised

7th August 2019, Pantnagar

Annual Zonal Workshop of KVKs was organized by ICAR-Agricultural Application Research Institute, Ludhiana at G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar (UK) during 3-5 August, 2019. In this workshop, 69 KVKs of Zone-I (Punjab-22, Jammu & Kashmir-21, Himachal Pradesh-13 and Uttarakhand-13) and five ATICs participated and presented their progress for the year 2017-18 & 2018-19 in six different Technical Sessions. Directors/Associate Directors of Extension Education of 8 SAUs shared their backstopping to KVKs and innovative initiatives on monitoring and extension methodologies developed by SAUs.

Earlier, Dr. Tej Partap, Vice Chancellor; GBPUAT, Pantnagar, in his inaugural speech urged the scientists to work untirlessly for the welfare of farmers at grass root level. He lauded the role of KVKs in transforming the agricultural scenario in hills and desired to study the impact of off-season cultivation of vegetables in hills.  Dr. A.K. Karnatak, Vice Chancellor, VCSG UUHF, Bharsar (UK); Dr. K S Rasem, Vice Chancellor, SKUAST, Jammu, Dr. Rajbir Singh, Director, ATARI, Ludhiana; Dr. P.N. Singh, Director, Extension Education, and Dr. S.N. Tiwari, Director,  Research, GBPUAT, Pantnagar (UK) also deliberated during the inaugural session on 3rd August, 2019. They stated that KVKs are meant to identify and upscale agricultural technologies. Each KVK should develop 1-2 successful cases in the district and up-scale it by involving entire village. Each KVK should have its USP and work for focus on profitability instead of production.

In valedictory session, Dr. V.P. Chahal, ADG (Agril Extension), ICAR, New Delhi said that KVKs are working as Frontline Extension System in the district within their limited resources. He emphasized that each KVK to develop 2-3 villages as model for doubling farmers’ income through enterprise-based interventions. He also stated that KVK should effectively execute Jal Sakti Abhiyan. Dr. Rajbir Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Ludhiana presented the recommendations of the workshop and stated that KVKs are the grass-root institutions in the district which are doing good job in assessment and validation of technologies in micro-climate situations and upscaling the suitable technologies.

In the workshop, lectures on different aspects of horticulture, organic farming, and China’s strategy for transforming rural economy: lessons for India were also delivered by the eminent experts to the participants of the workshop.

More than 100 delegates participated in Annual Zonal Workshop of KVKs of Zone-I.

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