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ANNUAL ZONAL WORKSHOP OF KVKs

(September 15th to 17th, 2008)

Vanue: SIRD Conference Hall, Itanagar

 

Proceedings of the Annual Zonal Workshop of KVKs, 2008-09 under Zonal Coordinating Unit, Zone – III during September 15-17, 2008 at SIRD Conference Hall, Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh).

 

            The Annual Zonal Workshop of KVKs Zone – III, 2008-09 was organised on September 15-17, 2008 at SIRD Conference Hall, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh. A total of 58 KVKs participated in the workshop. The Zonal Workshop was held for three days in 6 technical sessions in which the annual reports as well as the annual action plans of individual KVKs have been taken up for presentation and discussion.

 INAUGURAL SESSION

The inaugural session of the workshop started with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by Mr. Jarbom Gamlin, Minister of Home Affairs, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh. This was followed by felicitation of dignitaries on the dais which included the Hon’ble Home Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Mr. Jarbom Gamlin, Zonal Coordinator of Zone-III of ICAR, Dr. V. Venkatasubraminian, Commissioner (Agri.) of Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Mr. T. Taloh, DDG (AE) of ICAR, Dr. P. Das, Director of Agriculture, Arunachal Pradesh, Mr. T. Basar and Director of AH&Vety, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Dr. B. Ado.

            In his welcome address, Dr. V. Venkatasubramanian, Zonal Coordinator, ICAR, Zone-III, stated that Vision 2020 document for NE Region has placed lot of emphasis on the agriculture sector. He informed the house that KVKs have made their presence in 70 districts of NE Region covering eight districts and the remaining districts would be covered soon. The Zonal Coordinator also stated that the purpose of the workshop in to streamline and clarify actions and activities of KVKs of the region in order to enable them to formulate a roadmap for holistic development in agriculture in the region. He informed that altogether 30 trainings and workshops were organized by the Zonal Coordinating Unit in collaboration with different organisations and host institutes during the past year, including orientation for newly recruited staff. In addition, 127 technologies had been taken up for assessment and refinement by the KVKs of the Zone in 450 ha of land. A total of 94 technologies had been assessed and 16 refined by the KVKs, he added. The Zonal Coordinator welcomed the dignitaries and the participants to the workshop and sought their cooperation and support.

            In his keynote address, Dr. P. Das, DDG (AE), ICAR stressed upon the efforts to be initiated on the part of the KVKs for forward movement of present  agriculture from livelihood and subsistence to business mode. He stated that food has become a major plank in the world power equation. He added that KVKs, as a district level technology backstopping mechanism should perform the intermediary actions of Technology Assessment and Refinement, i.e., the functions between technology transfer and technology application. He emphasized that KVK functionaries should strive to become an expert rather than a specialist. He stated that we need to adopt a holistic approach to the entire farming complex and each small farm has to be viewed as a potential small business house. He highlighted that value addition has to be done in space, time and form dimensions. He further added that innovation should not be restricted to technology alone but should also address other spheres of income security, social empowerment, village livelihood security, androgogy and pedagogy etc. He emphasized that quality resolution is the call of the hour to meet the global challenges in food and agriculture sectors. In addition, KVKs must be able to provide farmers a basket of choices to pick from. He hoped that the workshop will help the KVKs to visualize tomorrow’s agriculture to herald a new beginning in the role of the KVK system.

            In the subsequent agenda of the inaugural session, few books published by the Zonal Coordinating Unit, Zone-III in collaboration with the different host institutes were released. The Hon’ble Home Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Mr. Jarbam Gamlin released the following books:

i)                    Extension and Training Methodology for KVK functionaries.

ii)                  Technologies for Soil and Soil fertility management in NE Region.

iii)                Processing and preservation of important Horticultural Crops of Arunachal Pradesh.

The DDG (Extn) of ICAR, Dr. P. Das, formally released the following books:

i)                    Sustainable Crop Production for Food Sufficiency in NE India

ii)                  Technology Inventory for Livestock and Poultry Production in North Eastern Region.

iii)                Protected Cultivation for Commercialization of High Value -  Low Volume Horticultural Crops

Mr. T. Taloh, Commissioner (Agri.), Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, released the following books:

i)                    Decision Support System in Agriculture and Allied Sector of Papumpare District

ii)                  Proceedings of the Workshop cum Orientation Programme on Seed and Planting Materials Production

The Director of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry of Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Mr. T. Basar and Dr. B. Ado respectively, released the following two books:

i)                    Agricultural Technology Inventory of North Eastern Region

ii)                  Scientific Dairy Farming – A  Step towards Livelihood improvement

The Hon’ble Home Minister of Agricultural Pradesh, Mr. Jarbam Gamlin, then formally launched the website of KVK, Papumpare district.

In his address, Hon’ble Home Minister, remarked that KVKs should function by taking into account ground realities. He requested the DDG (AE) of ICAR to accord priority status to KVKs of NE Region by providing additional support and assistance. He suggested that the unemployed youth of the region should be suitably involved in agri-business activities so that they shun undesirable anti-social activities in the region. He urged upon the KVK functionaries to contribute their mite towards the development of the agricultural sector. He wished the workshop all success.

The vote of thanks of the inaugural session was proposed by Sr. N. Pertin, Deputy Director (Agriculture) of the Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh.

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