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 Review Workshop of Cluster FLDs on Pulses and Oilseeds projects organized

4nd June 2020, Ludhiana

ICAR-ATARI, Ludhiana organized a Review Workshop of CFLD Oilseeds and Pulses projects implemented by 55 Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarkahnd, Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh at Ludhiana on 4th June 2020. Due to COVID 19 pandemic, the workshop was organised online through Google Meet. Dr. Arvind Kumar, Nodal Officer formally welcomed all the participants and appreciated KVKs for successfully conducting the demonstrations under the projects. He stressed on selecting appropriate locations for conducting demonstrations so as to ensure speedy adoption of improved oilseeds and pulses cultivation technologies. He urged KVKs to multiply seeds of new varieties at their farms and use that seed for conducting demonstrations.

Dr. Rajbir Singh, Director, ATARI, Ludhiana congratulated KVK for the work they are doing and highlighted incidences where different organizations have recognized the importance of KVKs at grass root level. He guided participant about the priorities of the government at national level and expectation from the KVKs at the grass-root level. He also sensitized participants about the importance of seed exchange among the farmers for sustainable oilseeds and pulses production. He informed that KVKs can use withdrawal strategy by developing sustainable mechanism of pulses and oilseeds at cluster level. He urged KVKs to conduct FLDs in areas of specific need and to document success stories at the end. He also asked KVKs to perform soil testing before laying the FLDs and to study the effect of growing pulse on soil health. At last, he appreciated KVKs for their untiring efforts for the benefit of farmers.

Scientists from KVKs presented the achievements of 2018-19 under the CFLD Pulses and Oilseeds projects. Presentations were followed by discussion and critical review of the technologies demonstrated, varieties used, funds utilized, etc. More than 70 participants including Programme Coordinators and Scientists of KVK and Scientists from ATARI, Ludhiana participated in the workshop.