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ICAR-ATARI imparts training to African countries on efficient extension management

Ludhiana, 16th August, 2019

Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute (ICAR-ATARI), Ludhiana, is organizing 21-day International Training program “Agricultural Extension Management System in India - Key Lessons for African Continent” during 15 August and 05 September 2019. The training program is being organized under India–Africa Forum Summit, as per the norms of Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation. Ten delegates from four African countries (Kenya, Zambia, Ghana and Malawi) are participating in this training of intercontinental significance.

The inaugural session of the training held on 16 August 2019, however, the delegates participated in the celebration of Independent Day at ICAR-ATARI, Ludhiana.

Dr Rajbir Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Ludhiana highlighted the imperative role of KVKs in Agricultural Extension system in India and how developing counties of Africa can emulate this system for their overall agricultural development. Dr Singh also made the participants and audience aware about the outstanding achievements of KVK system in India along with the recognition received from various policy institutions.

During his address, Dr Sujay Rakshit, Director, ICAR-Indian Institute of Maize Research (ICAR-IIMR), Ludhiana stressed upon the significance of Indian maize technologies in the African countries as maize is principal food in many of them. The popular model of KVK can be replicated in African countries for transfer of farmers at grass root level, he emphasised.

Dr. J. S Mahal, Director, Extension, PAU, Ludhiana presented a detailed account of extension activities carried out by the PAU while Dr H. S Dhaliwal, Director, PAMETI explained the need of extension system in overall agricultural development. He outlined the evolution process of agricultural extension system.