21st September, 2018, Hyderabad
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra , Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR) interacted with Heads of KVKs of Zone-X (Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu & Puducherry) today as part of the Annual Zonal Workshop (20-22nd September, 2018) of KVKs held at ICAR-ATARI, Hyderabad. While appreciating the role played by KVKs in the significant enhancement of pulse production in the country, Dr. Mohapatra emphasized that KVKs should adopt cluster approach in scaling up of successful and self sustaining models through value chains, promote crop planning & good agricultural practices and implement action plan for doubling of farmers’ income through convergence. He said KVKs are to demonstrate Integrated Farming System (IFS) models, organic farming practices, rain water harvesting and its efficient use through micro-irrigation in the instructional farms. He urged to document success stories. DG also inaugurated the Annexe of ATARI building.
Dr. A.K.Singh, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Extension) appreciated the role of KVKs as nodal agency in imparting training to 6 lakh farmers across 25 villages in each of the 111 aspirational districts under Krishi Kalyan Abhiyan (KKA). He advised KVKs to reach a large network of farmers through digital initiatives.
Dr. V.P.Chahal, Assistant Director General (Agricultural Extension) urged that all the skill trainings conducted by KVKs are to conform to the National Skill Qualification Framework.
Earlier, Dr. V. Praveen Rao, Vice-Chancellor, PJTSAU inaugurated the three-day Annual Zonal Workshop involving 69 KVKs in Zone-X. Dr Y.G. Prasad, Director, ATARI, Hyderabad presented the Progress Report.
Dr. K. Ramaswamy, Vice-Chancellors, TNAU, Dr. V. Damodara Naidu, Vice-Chancellor, ANGRAU, Directors and Senior Officials of ICAR and KVKs participated in the event.
A number of publications were released during the occasion.
(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Zone-X, Hyderabad)