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 Virtual Zonal KVK Workshop 2020 of ICAR-ATARI, Ludhiana organized

6 - 7 July, 2020, Ludhiana

The ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Ludhiana organized a two days “Virtual Annual Zonal Workshop for 69 KVKs of ICAR-ATARI, Ludhiana  comprising Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand states and Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh Union Territories during 6-7 July, 2020.

In his inaugural address, Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR) applauded the role of KVKs in communicating the advisories, innovative agri-solutions in local languages to the farmers during COVID-19. He stated that fire incidences reduced significantly with the efforts of KVKs. He mentioned that VC PAU supported this mission enormously. In the states like Punjab where average income of farmers is already high the doubling of farmers’ income can only be achieved through diversification into fishery, piggery, poultry, mushroom cultivation, apiculture and marketing skills. Management of wild life through the acoustics technology is expected to go long way in order to double farmers’ income. Planting material of high quality and better pollination are expected to enhance yield at farmers’ end. Under one district one commodity, the region can become a leader to supply goods not only to the entire country but to the international markets too.

Dr. A.K. Singh, DDG (Agricultural Extension), ICAR, stressed upon the functioning of KVKs in Zone-1 and highlighted their achievements during previous years. He also appreciated the outcome of Crop Residue Management activities in the Zone along with providing farmers with the digital contents during the lockdown.

Dr. Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, Ludhiana stressed that KVKs are playing leading role in the field of Agricultural Extension in addition to their mandated activities. COVID-19 has produced challenges and innovative solutions to the problems in the form of digital media progress. He specified the role played by Whatsapp, Facebook, Youtube and e-publications during COVID-19 lockdown and restrictions. At the time of wheat harvesting and procurement, the situation was grim and everyone was worried as there was curfew in Punjab, however, meticulous planning and execution by farmers and government agencies made harvesting and procurement the most smooth and systematic in the history. Direct Seeded Rice (DSR) technology provided befitting answer to the shortage of manpower and KVKs suggested slight modifications in ordinary seed drills to make them DSR machines. However, Army Fall Worm is posing challenges that need to be tackled on the lines of white fly management in Punjab.

Dr.Tej Partap, Vice-Chancellor, GBPUAT, Pantnagar, mentioned the significance of success stories published by the ICAR-ATARI Ludhiana in order to promote the culture of agri-innovations in India. However, the VC highlighted the need to revisit our strategies and plans in order to meet the challenges of agriculture for the year 2030. He emphasized upon the role of FPOs for entrepreneurship development through KVKs. He mentioned future picture of KVKs in terms of impact of villages adopted by the KVKs. He stressed that KVKs should focus upon producing new age farmers.

Earlier, in his welcome address, Dr. Rajbir Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Ludhiana extended warm welcome to the Chief Guest, Guest of Honour, Vice Chancellors, dignitaries and delegates of the workshop. He also presented the achievements of the zone-I for the period of 2019-20. Dr. VP Chahal, ADG (Agril Ext), ICAR, New Delhi presented the formal vote of thanks.

In this workshop, one Panel discussion of Hon’ble Vice Chancellors was organized under the chairmanship of Dr. AK Singh, DDG (Agril Ext), ICAR, New Delhi on strengthening of KVKs and their activities amid COVID19. In the panel discussion, Dr. Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, Ludhiana,  Dr. Tej Partap, Vice-Chancellor, GBPUAT, Pantnagar, Dr. Nazeer Ahmad, Vice-Chancellor, SKUAST-K, Srinagar,  Dr. Parvinder Kaushal, Vice Chancellor, Dr. YS Parmar UHF, Solan, Dr Inderjeet Singh, VC-GADVASU Ludhiana, Dr Ajeet Kumar Karnatak, VC-VCSG UUHF, Bharsar and Dr JP Sharma, VC-SKUAST, Jammu participated and given very innovative ideas for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the KVKs amid COVID 19.

Besides panel discussion, four technical sessions were organized in which Heads of KVKs presented the achievements for the year 2019-20 and Action Plan for the year 2020-21.

More than 150 officials joined through Google Meet at different times and actively participated in the workshop including ADGs (Agril Ext), Directors of Extension Education of the host organizations, Heads of KVKs, Scientists of ATARI, Ludhiana.