Farm Innovator Meet-2018 for Rajasthan & Haryana organised at KVK-Udaipur on 07 May, 2018
07th May, 2018
Farm Innovator Meet-2018 for Rajasthan and Haryana has been organised at KVK-Udaipur on 7th May, 2018 in which 51 innovators exhibited their innovations. Dr. S. L. Mehta, Patron, KVK, Udaipur and Chief Guest of the Meet mentioned that the country will progress with the progress of farmers and the farmers expectations are to be addressed and fulfilled. The ITKs of farmers should be identified and documented he opined. The Self Help Groups will play a great role in farm innovations he opined. The innovations should be included in all exhibitions so that same can be propagated.
Sh. A. S. Mehta, President, Vidya Bhawan Society, Udaipur opined that problems of small and marginal farmers should be addressed properly and KVKs should study and document the innovations of farmers.
Dr. S. K. Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur mentioned that the farmers innovations should be tested. verified and documented and should be publicised so that the innovations can spread in a faster way. With limited sources the technology should be developed to tap the untapped potentiality of available resources and the technology developed should cater the needs of small and marginal farmers in climate change situations he mentioned. Social, economic and ecological food and livelihood security are the major challenges of the day and should be tackled by bottom up approaches depending upon the situations and challenges being faced. Integrated farming system in tribal areas should be popularised he urged. The innovations should be culturally socially adaptable and acceptable by farmers and should be taken up in participatory approach. Agricultural Knowledge management should be taken up in a manner to intensify agriculture.
Dr. (Mrs.) Rashmi Singh, Principal Scientist (Agril. Extn.), ICAR-IARI, New Delhi highlighted the importance of Farm Innovation and presented the information on best innovation practices. She mentioned the demand driven farm innovations is the need of the hour. The out scaling and up scaling of innovations should be taken up by KVKs in an efficient manner she opined. The innovations be diffused by social media she urged.
Dr. J. R. Mishra, Principal Scientist (Agril. Exnt.), ICAR-IARI, New Delhi mentioned that scalability criterion for out scaling farmer led innovation and innovations by use of easily available local resources.
In this meet 24 KVKs from Rajasthan and Haryana with 51 farm innovators participated.
Source: ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur
7 th Institute Management Committee Meeting has been organised by ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur
12 th March, 2018
7 th Institute Management Committee Meeting of ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Jodhpur has been organised on 13.03.2018 at ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur.
Dr. S. K. Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur and Chairman (IMC) in his address briefed about the research highlights, achievements of KVKs made during 2017-18. He also highlighted the various schemes being implemented at ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur & KVKs of Rajasthan, Haryana and Delhi. Introduction of short duration pulses in rice-wheat cropping system in Haryana, 23 million tonnes of pulses production in the country, etc. are the major break through, he mentioned. Rajasthan is a leading state in respect of Mustard, Pulses, Maize, pearlmillet and livestock in addition to groundnut, sesame and soybean he added. He stressed that, technologies and critical inputs are to be decided before implementation of Cluster Front Line Demonstration. The seed hub project can ensure the availability of farmer preferred varieties in pulses and will definitely boost pulses production he mentioned. Attracting and Retaining Youth in Agriculture (ARYA) project is being implemented in Rajasthan and Haryana with an aim to minimize migration from rural areas to urban areas. Agriculture Skill Council of India (ASCI) project is being implemented in KVKs/ICAR Institutes/SAUs for providing training to Rural Youth for gainful employment and income generation, he mentioned. Doubling farmers income by 2022 could be achieved by implementing Climate Resilient Integrated Farming System models, he opined. Skill/knowledge gap of farmers are to be minimized, he stressed. The staff position of KVKs is to be improved for better implementation of mandated activities of KVKs and SAUs should take proper steps to fill the vacant positions, he mentioned.
The members present on the occasion are Dr. J. Singh, Principal Scientist, IIVR, Varanasi, Dr. C. B. Pandey, Head, ICAR-CAZRI, Jodhpur, Sh. K. S. Tanwar, F&AO, ICAR-CARI, Jodhpur, Sh. N. S. Gehlot, AAO, ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur.
The Action Taken Report of the previous IMC and Agenda Items for the year 2018-19 have been discussed and finalized.
(Source: ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur)
State Level Mid Term Planning Workshop for KVKs of Haryana and Delhi inaugurated by ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur at CCSHAU, Hisar on 04.01.2018
4th January, 2018
State Level Mid Term Planning Workshop (2018-19) for KVKs of Haryana and Delhi has been organised by ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur at CCSHAU, Hisar on 04.01.2018.
Prof. K P Singh, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, CCSHAU, Hisar in the inaugural session mentioned that agriculture being very risk prone in nature, it requires to be planned in proper manner so that at the time of calamities the minimization of loses and maximization of profit can be achieved. Many industries depend upon agriculture and contribute to GDP in an indirect manner and relevance of agriculture can not be ignored as such. Proper planning by different stakeholders is very much essentially required so that contribution of agriculture for development of the nation as a whole can be achieved he opined.Long term policies are required to be formulated by Government for development of need based technology for benefit of farming community he emphasized.
Dr. S. K. Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Zone-II, Jodhpur mentioned that an early planning is very much needed in an efficient manner for concrete plan of work. KVKs are considered as frontline extension system and they have proved their existence by implementing their mandatory activities in a holistic manner. The role of KVKs have changed in a phased manner since inception of KVKsby changing vision, mission and mandatory activities of KVKs and maintaining productivity, sustaintability and profitablity at farmers fields is having foremost importance in present scenario to manage the migration of rural youth. Achieving self sufficiency in pulses and oilseeds production is a major challenge and sustaining pulses/oilseeds production is required to be maintained he opined. Climate resilient integrated farming system is required to be developed by KVKs depending upon local specific technologies he added. The process of technology generation to adoption should be taken care by KVKs so that the farmers will be benfitted in a better way. Secondary agriculutre, per drop more crop, soil health card schemes, Agriculuture Skill Programmes, Farmers Producers Organisation, etc. taken up by KVKs will definitely double the income of farmers by 2022 he added.
Dr. Rajbir Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Zone-I, Ludhiana mentioned that the KVKs are having many schemes to implement and successes are to be documented. The residue management is a major problem in Haryana State and KVKs have a major role to play for addressing the issue. Failure of cotton in recent years due to white fly problem and the breakthrough of technologies could bring back cotton into the fields of farmers with a record production. KVKs should work in a collaborative mode to overcome such problems he opined.
In the workshop 19 KVKs of Haryana and Delhi will present their workplan for the year 2018-19 for discussion and finalization.
(Source: ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur)
State Level Mid Term Planning Workshop for KVKs of Rajasthan inaugurated at MPUA & T, Udaipur
27th December, 2017 MPUAT, Udaipur
Two days State Level Mid Term Planning Workshop (2018-19) for KVKs of Rajasthan has been inaugurated by ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur on 27thDecember, 2017 at MPUA&T, Udaipur.
Dr. U. S. Sharma, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, MPUA&T, Udaipur being the Chief Guest of the occasion mentioned that KVKs work at grass root level to disseminate technologies to bridge the gap in the potentiality of technology and farmers practice and the KVK should act as a game changer and Integrated Farming System will play a key role in Doubling Farmers Income by 2022.
Dr. S. K. Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur in his introductory remarks mentioned that KVKs have a key role to play in front line extension programmes by showcasing various technologies. He also highlighted the development process of KVKs starting from First KVK of Country established in 1974 with changing role of KVKs from technology assessment refinement to demonstration & technology assessment and capacity development and further to knowledge resource centre and then to technology assessment and capacity development. He opined that vision of KVK should be reflected properly by harmonizing science and technology led growth to enhance productivity, sustainability and profitability with a mission for farmer centric growth under different agro-ecological situations and to minimize the gap in potentiality of technology and result in farmers’ fields. He also emphasized that the rural youth migration is a major concern and is to be combated by vocational trainings to rural youth in an efficient manner. He also highlighted the programmes being implemented by KVKs e.g., CFLDs under NFSM & NMOOP, Creation of Seed Hubs for indigenous quality seed production of pulses, NICRA, ARYA, Cashless & digital transactions, DBT, KVK portal, PPV&FRA, pre-Kharif/Rabi Sammelans, Sanklap se Siddhi programmes, Soil Health Day, women empowerment programmes, etc. The major concern of Rajasthan being less availability of water and problematic soils and the strength of Rajasthan state having major share in spices, oilseeds, pulses, livestock, etc. of the country he opined. The new programmes to be implemented are NARI, KSHSAMTA, VATICA, Hydroponics agriculture, e-extension green agriculture, climate resilient Integrated Farming Systems, doubling farm income, etc. he mentioned.
On the occasion two publications were released namely Highlights of Sanklap Se Siddhi by ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur and Smart Village Initiatives by MPUA&T, Udaipur.
All the Directors of Extension Education from Agricultural Universities located in Rajasthan have presented the roadmap for 2017-18 for the KVKs under the jurisdiction.
The workshop will continue for two days with presentations of KVKs of Rajasthan.
(Source: ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur)
ZMC visit to NICRA KVKs of Haryana State Under ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur
24th December, 2017, Jodhpur
Zonal Monitoring Team under NICRA Project visited two KVKs of Haryana State (Sirsa and Yamunanagar) during 21 to 23rd December, 2017.The ZMC consistedProf. MC Varshenya (Former VC of Kamdhanu University, Gandhinagar), Dr S K Yadav, Pr. Scientist (Director, CRIDA Hyderabad nominee), Dr RK Godara (Director Extension CCSHAU Hisar nominee), Dr PP Rohilla, Pr Scientist and Nodal Officer, (Co-Chairman nominee of Director, ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur), Dr DS Bundela, Head from CSSRI Karnal (DDG NRM nominee) and Dr (Mrs) K. Nagasree, Pr Scientist from CRIDA Hyderabad (NICRA Coordinator TDC nominee). On 21stDecember, 2017ZMC visited KVK Sirsa and interacted with KVK staff. Nodal Officer presented the progress of NICRA project before ZMC and had detailed discussion. Different emerging points and issues were thoroughly discussed to cope-up challenges of climate change on food and agriculture. The Chairman and other members suggested some valuable suggestions for further improvement and to scale-up the climate resilient technologies for the benefit of farming community is the foremost requirement.
Next day on 22.12.2017 ZMC visited RupanaKhurd NICRA village and monitored different interventions implemented under NRM, Crop, Livestock and institutional modules. Sh Jet Kumar a marginal farmer has implemented IFS model successfully under NICRA project and he has encouraged several other farmers to adopt this model. The team had interaction with other farmers, farm women and VCRMC members and also verified the implements and log book maintained in the village. ZMC appreciated the efforts of KVK team and active involvement of the partner farmers and suggested to scale-up the beneficial interventions in the adjoining villages.
On 23.12.2017 ZMC visited KVK DamalaYamunanagar and interacted with KVK staff, where the Nodal Officer presented the progress of NICRA project. The Chairman and other members suggested valuable suggestions for further improvement. Then ZMC proceeded to Bakana and Raduri NICRA village and monitored different interventions implemented under NRM, Crop, Livestock and institutional modules. The use of Happy Seeder has significant effect in crop residue management in wheat, rice and sugarcane fields. Sh Suresh Kumar a progressive farmer even purchased his own Happy Seeder and successfully implemented and has encouraged other 4 to 5 fellow famers to purchase this useful implement. The team had interaction with other farmers, farm women and VCRMC members and also verified the implements and log book maintained in the village. ZMC appreciated the efforts of KVK team and active involvement of the partner farmers and suggested to scale-up the useable interventions in the adjoining villages.
(Source: ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur)
IInd Zonal Committee Meeting for Attracting & Retaining Youth in Agriculture (ARYA) for Rajasthan & Haryana organised at ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur on 21.12.2017
21st December, 2017
IInd Zonal Committee Meeting for ARYA Project for Rajasthan & Haryana organised at ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur on 21.12.2017.
Dr. S. K. Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur in his inaugural address informed that ARYA is one of the important projects out of four ambitious projects which were announced in National KVK Conference at Patna in 2015.For implementation of ARYA, total 25 KVKs has been sanctioned under in the country and Zone-II is having two KVKs i.e., Banswara in Rajasthan and Gurgaon in Haryana. He opined that Youth are between age group of 15-35 years and consists of 35 per cent of population and 75 per cent of Youth are from Rural areas. There is a need to attract Rural Youth for taking up agriculture as profession and there is a recent trend to opt out agriculture as a profession by 40% of Rural Youth as per the NSSO survey. For establishment of enterprises by Rural Youth local specific skill and market linkages are to be established by linking the Rural Youth with Banks. KVKs have a major role to play by opting consumer preference approach, proper economic models, convergence of opportunities, etc. so that Rural Youth will be attracted for taking up agriculture as a profession. The ARYA project should be monitored in an efficient manner by convening monthly review meeting by Vice Chancellors/Directors of Extension Education and the impact should be visible and reason for non-acceptance of technology by Rural Youth should carefully be analysed. Experience and outcome of ARYA project should be replicated to other stakeholders in a phased manner. Hence, Doubling Farmer Income by 2022 will be possible he urged.
In the meeting,Dr. O. P. Yadav, Director, ICAR-CAZRI, Jodhpur has stressed to develop youth as role model to attract the more youth in agriculture. The ARYA project must be an addition activity of KVK after completion of ARYA project. However, the priority must be to minimise the technology gap. Feedback of youth is also important to reorient the activities.
Dr. M.S. Meena, Principal Scientist (AE) & Principal Investigator of ARYA project presented the progress of ARYA project and emphasized the system of implementation and basic purpose of the project along with expected outcome and impact. He also stressed that target of establishing entrepreneurs of 200 Rural Youth in each implementing districts should be achieved timely.He stated that socio-economic impact of the intervention is need to be measured quantitatively and qualitatively.
Dr. Ishwar Singh, Director of Extension Education, Agricultural University, Jodhpur; Dr. V. K. Pandey, Joint Director, Agricultural Extension, Jodhpur were also present and reviewed the progress of KVK, Banswara and KVK, Gurgaon and provided their valuable comments for better implementation of the project.
(Source: ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur)
Zonal Review Meeting under Farmer FIRST at ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur
18 December, 2017, Jodhpur
Zonal Review Meeting of Farmer FIRST Programme was organized at ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur on 18th December, 2017 on major theme of integrating technologies and enhancing knowledge. Principal Investigators from different ICAR Institutes and state Agricultural Universities viz; CAZRI, CSWRI, CIRB, CSSRI, NDRI, IARI, AU Jodhpur and CCSHAU HIsar actively took part. Consortium leaders from NAARM Hyderabad, IASRI and NICAP, New Delhi also participated in this meeting.
The major objective of meeting was to review the progress of the sanctioned projects about process, methodology and indicators, physical and financial progress and also to discuss the operationalization mechanism of the implementation of FFP to achieve the major goal and objectives.
Dr. SK Singh, Director, ATARI, Jodhpur in his introductory remarks emphasised upon the involvement of research Institutes of ICAR and SAUs selected under Farmer FIRST programme as part of KVK Scheme. He also stressed that farm families selected under this programme must be involved as active partners in research mode i.e technologies selection, assessment and application for improving the livelihood security in a sustainable way. He also briefed about the FFP being implemented in the country and major initiatives by the Government of India to double the income of farming community during next five years. He urged for implementation of demand driven and need based technological modules.
Dr PP Rohilla, Member Secretary briefed about the project modalities and evaluation through different committees constituted as per FFP guidelines. He explained that how FFP is unique programme holistic in nature consisting of several activities based on Integrated Farming System which covers interventions related to crop, livestock, natural resources and capacity building etc. in participatory mode with the farm families. The benefit given to farm families either in cash or kind has to be uploaded under DBT (Direct Benefit Transfer) portal under this project.
A total of 20 PIs and Co-PIs from Delhi, Haryana and Rajasthan states have participated in this Zonal Review Meeting.
Dr. M.S. Meena, Pr. Scientist proposed vote of thanks to all the participants.
(Source : ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur)
Training on Production Technology for Rabi Oilseeds Cropsunder National Mission on Oilseed and Oil Palm inaugurated
7 th December 2017, Jodhpur
A two-days Training on Production Technology of Rabi Oilseeds (7-8thDecember, 2017) for Nodal Officers of Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) of Rajasthan, Haryana and Delhi under National Mission on Oilseed and Oil palm (NMOOP) has been inaugurated at ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute (ATARI), Jodhpur (Rajasthan) today.
Dr. S. K. Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur in his inaugural address briefed about the status of oilseed production and productivity in the country. He mentioned that, there are nine major oilseed crops grown in India and total share of major oilseed crops is 88% including soybean 39%, groundnut 25%, and rapeseed & mustard 24%.He emphasized upon maximisation of production and productivity of oilseed crops in per unit area, per unit time and per unit inputs under prevailing farming situation. He also urged for gap analysis for maximisation of critical inputs and critical practices under CFLDs on oilseed crops. He pointed out about uploading of direct benefit transfer related information under CFLDs, on farm testing and trainings by each KVK.
Dr. M. S. Meena, Principal Investigator of the NMOOP, ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur presented the methodology and approaches of impact assessment by implementing KVKs so that the recommendations to research, policy makers and development departments could be considered for future implementations. He emphasised to measure the extension gap, technology gap and technology index for enhancing the income of farmers.
Dr. Arun Kumar, Senior Scientist, ICAR-DRMR, Bharatpur presented technologies for increasing the production of Mustard.
Nodal officers of 29 KVKs from Rajasthan, Haryana and Delhi have been invited to participate in this training programme. Experts from ICAR institutes and SAUs will deliver interactive lectures on improved technologies and production practices in oilseeds crops.
(Source: ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur).
Sensitization Training on Public Finance Management System for KVKs of Rajasthan, Haryana and New Delhi organised at ICAR-ATARI Jodhpur
Jodhpur, 9th November 2017
One day sensitization training programme on PFMS for KVKs/SAUs and NGOs of Rajasthan and Haryana has been organised on 09th November, 2017 at ICAR- Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Jodhpur. Dr.M.S. Meena, Principal Scientist welcomed the participants and briefed about the programme.
Dr. S. K. Singh, Director, Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Jodhpur in his inaugural address highlighted concept, vision, mission, mandates of Krishi Vigyan Kendras. He also briefed on emphasis and methodology of KVKs in the changing scenario of development in general and agriculture in particular. Dr. Singh narrated about different schemes/programmes being executed and monitored by ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur. He emphasized upon importance of PFMS at present scenario and briefed the development of KVKs since inception.
In training programme, Resource Persons from ICICI Bank provided hands on training on Expenditure, Advance and Transfer (EAT) modules including Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT), Creation of Vendors, Agency Wise Release, Sanction Status & State-Wise Reports, Sanction Template, Scheme Wise Expenditure, User and Agency Module, Forgot Password, User Manual, Plan Scheme Budgetary Details, etc. to nominated staff of KVKs/SAUs/NGOs and clarified doubts on spot.
A total of 48 participants from KVKs, SAUs, NGOs and ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur attended training programme.
Source : ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Jodhpur
A two days Workshop-cum-Training programme on Pulses Production Technology under NSFM inaugurate on 30th October, 2017 (ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur)
Jodhpur, 30thOctober 2017
A two days workshop-cum-training programme on Pulses Production Technology for Nodal Officers of KVKs of Rajasthan and Haryana states under National Food Security Mission (NFSM) has been inaugurated on 30thOctober 2017 at ICAR-CAZRI, Jodhpur.
Dr. S. K. Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur in his inaugural address briefly mentioned about the status of pulses production of the country in which there are 6 major states including Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Odisha contributing to 80% of total production of pulses in India. Pulses production of country is ranging from 16-22 million tonnes during last five years. India imports 3-4 million tonnes of pulses every year to meet the demand of pulses. Total pulses production is 22.9 million tonnes during 2016-17 and it is highest in the history. The variation of production in pulses is due to improper weather conditions prevailing in the country. In view of the Doubling Farmers Income by 2022 pulses production technology has a key role to play, he opined. Dr. Singh emphasized on proper application of the critical inputs and critical practices for higher productivity. The farmers will be treated as partner under the cluster front line demonstration under National Food Security Mission.
Dr. O. P. Yadav, Director, ICAR-CAZRI, Jodhpur and the Chief Guest of the occasion emphasized that the technologies under different agro-climatic conditions are to be implemented by the KVKs so that the micro farming situation/technological option/assessment of gap to maximize production can be done properly and the role of KVK will be the technology provider in partnership mode. KVKs being the prime ambassador at grass root level can boost research in integrated manner. The year 2016 being the International Year of Pulses many policies have been formulated throughout the world to boost the pulses production and till now there is no breakthrough in pulses research except introduction of new plant type of green gram suitable for mechanical harvesting and development of short duration of green gram which can be harvested in 57 days. These technologies should be upscaled in cluster mode in which KVKs have a major role to play for strengthening of forward and backward linkages.
During this workshop, Dr. S. J. Singh, Director, RARI, Durgapura; Dr. D. Kumar, Ex. PC Arid Legumes and Dr. S. K. Chaturvedi, PS, IIPR, Kanpur also acted as resource person for updating different technology options to the nodal officers.
A total of 49 KVKs from Rajasthan and Haryana participated in the event and the workshop will be continued to 31stOctober 2017 with presentation progress of KVKs and future strategies to be followed for implementation of NFSM project.
Source : ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Jodhpur.
Re-orientation Programme for Subject Matter Specialists of Agricultural Extension of KVKs of Rajasthan and Haryana organised
21 September 2017, Jodhpur
One-day Re-orientation Programme for SMSs of Agricultural Extension of KVKs of Rajasthan and Haryana states has been organised at ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute (ATARI), Jodhpur. Dr. M.S. Meena, Principal Scientist (Agril. Extension) welcomed the Chief Guest and other delegates.
Dr. S. K. Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur in his inaugural address briefed about the roles and responsibilities of SMSs (Agril. Extn.) of KVKs in the present scenario of agricultural development in the country. He highlighted the evolution process of KVKs starting from Vocational Training Centre from 1974 to present state. He stressed the importance and involvement of SMS (Agril. Extn.) to provide technological backstopping in their respective districts. Technology generation and transfer has to be performed properly by the Subject Matter Specialists of Agricultural Extension he opined. He stressed that the technological gaps are to be assessed by the SMSs of Agricultural Extension in conductance of On Farm Trials, Front Line Demonstrations, Trainings, Extension Activities, etc.
Directors of Extension Education of State Agricultural Universities presented briefly about the extension systems prevailing in their respective jurisdictions.
The Chief Guest of the occasion Dr.Prabhu Kumar, Former Director of ICAR-ATARI, Bengaluru and Ludhiana shared his vast experience with SMSs of KVKs and guided about the future strategies to be taken up for implementation of mandatory activities of ICAR.He also emphasized on conductance of need based on farm trials for benefit of farming community by SMSs of Agricultural extension. He presented all the aspects to be covered by SMS (Agril.Extn) of KVKs.
A total of 30 SMSs of Agricultural Extension discipline from Rajasthan and Haryana presented their views and future roadmaps for agricultural developments of their respective districts.
Dr P.P. Rohilla, Principal Scientist (LPM) proposed vote of thanks.
(Source: ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur)
Review & Planning Meeting on Seed Hubs Organised at ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur
26 August, 2017, Jodhpur
A Review and Planning Meeting of DAC funded project“Creation of Seed Hubs for Production of quality Seed of Indigenous Pulse Crops” has been organised on 26.08.2017 at ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Jodhpur. Dr M.S. Meena welcomed the participants.
Dr. S. K. Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur informed that this is the 3rd such meeting organised at Jodhpur apart from Kanpur and Kolkata. He briefly presented the status, target and achievements of 16 Seed Hubs created in KVKs of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Haryana. In his introductory remarks highlighted the issue and prospects of seed hub in formal and informal approaches. He emphasised the genesis of seed hub project in respect to Kharif, Rabi and Summer pulse crops. He urged the KVKs to complete the seed certification process so that the TFL certified seed can be provided to farmers which is the first and foremost requirement and the procurement and sale of seeds from partner farmers could be possible in an effective manner.
Dr. O. P. Yadav, Director, ICAR-CAZRI, Jodhpur described the importance of the project and the final result will provide improved genetics to farmers. He mentioned that last year was the International Year of Pulses and the availability of quality pulse seeds to farmers is a challenge at present scenario. The policy makers should be convinced in respect of Minimum Support Price, purchase issues and subsidy related to pulses. At present the crop duration of pulse crops has reduced from 90 days to 60 days without affecting production. Now-a-days pulse crops are of early maturity and suitable for farm mechanisation for harvesting which reduces the cost of cultivation and thereby increasing the farmers income. The pulse seed production is easier in comparison to other crops he added. The pulse seed production in Seed Hub Project should be treated at par with National Seed Corporation and State Seed Corporation in respect to subsidy he added.
Dr. N. P. Singh, Director, ICAR-IIPR, Kanpur briefed that the situation of pulse production in the country was alarming few years back and with upscaling of technology the country could achieve a record production of pulses. He emphasized the importance of pulse in respect to nutritional security for vegetarians and sustainability for agriculture in respect to biological nitrogen fixation. The seed production system should be corrected from breeder seed to foundation seed and should be taken in farmers participatory mode. The registration process with National Seed Corporation and State Seed Corporation should be completed so that TFL seed can be provided to farmers. With decentralisation of pulse processing sustainability of Seed Hubs can be achieved in a phased manner he opined. He assured that with the efforts of KVKs, India can be self-sufficient in respect to production of pulses and India can transform itself from importer of pulses to the exporter.
The session followed with the presentation of Director of Extension Educations and KVKs in respect to target and achievements of seeds of different pulse crops cultivated during Kharif, Rabi and Summer Seasons.
Training on Production Technology of Kharif Oilseeds under National Mission on Oilseed and Oil Palm inaugurated
8th August 2017, Jodhpur
A two-days Training on Production Technology of Kharif Oilseeds (8-9th August 2017) for Nodal Officers of Krishi VigyanKendras (KVKs) of Rajasthan and Haryana under National Mission on Oilseed and Oil palm (NMOOP) was inaugurated at ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute (ATARI), Jodhpur (Rajasthan)on 8th August 2017.
Dr. M. S. Meena, Principal Scientist (Agril. Extn.) & PI of NMOOP project welcomed the participants.
The Chief Guest of programme, Dr.Randhir Singh, Assistant Director General (Agri. Extension) in his introductory remarks narrated that India is self-sufficient in cereals while a large gap is still existing in oilseeds production. He emphasised on the latest varieties, balanced fertilisers, AADHAR cards of farmers and reliable data to be taken from farmers. He also emphasised to identify the gaps to address the field problems for enhancing the productivity.
Dr S. K. Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur has emphasised upon involvement of major oilseeds research Institutes of ICAR and State Agricultural Universities in collaboration with KVKs improving oilseeds productivity through cluster frontline demonstrations (CFLDs) on oilseeds.He narrated that 48 KVKs of Rajasthan and Haryana are actively engaged in laying out CFLDs on oilseeds under different agro-climatic situations. Oilseeds crops are important for food, social, nutritional, environmental and agro-ecological sustainability. The technology options need to be decided based on the identified gaps between recommended and existing practices.
Among major oilseeds producing states Rajasthan and Haryana states are significantly contributing in the oilseed production. He also stressed that KVKs play a significant role to demonstrate location specific technological options developed by ICAR institutes and SAUs to farmers’ fields. KVKs must focus on gap analysis, disease and pest incidences, rationalization of input at field level and documentation farmers’ reactions, field results based on technological and economic indicators so that future strategies can be developed. He also briefed the scenario of oilseeds in the country and major initiatives by the Government of India to boost up the oilseed production. He stressed that KVKs being the Farm Science Centre of respective districts should properly implement the technology flow from technology generation to technology adoption.
Nodal officers of 20 KVKs from Rajasthan and Haryana state have been invited to participate in this training programme. Experts from ICAR institutes and SAUs will deliver interactive lectures on improved technologies and production practices in oilseeds crops.
(Source : ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur).
Annual Zonal Workshop for KVKs of Rajasthan & Gujarat Organized at JAU, Junagarh
Junagadh 13th June, 2017
A three days Annual Zonal Workshop for 72 KVKs of Rajasthan and Gujarat has been inaugurated on 10th June at Junagadh Agricultural University, Junagadh.
Dr. S. K. Singh, Director, ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute (ATARI), Jodhpur in his introductory remarks briefed about initiatives and achievements of various flagship programmes implemented through KrishiVigyanKendras of Rajasthan and Gujarat such as National food security Mission, National Mission on Oilseed and Oil Palm, Skill Development in Agriculture, Soil Health Cards, Pradhan MantriFasalBima Yojana, Attracting and Retaining youth in Agriculture, Farmer FIRST, Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav. He advised the KVKs to promote swachchtaprogramme, cashless transaction and Direct Benefit Transfer, etc. in an efficient manner. He thanked Dr. A. R. Pathak, Vice Chancellor, Junagadh Agricultural University, Junagadh & Dr. A. K. Singh, DDG(Agril. Extn.), ICAR, New Delhi for sparing their valuable time to grace the occasion despite their busy schedules. The Chief Guest of the occasion, Dr. A. K. Singh, DDG (Agril. Extn.), ICAR, New Delhi mentioned about the huge network of 673 KVKs all over the country contributing in science-led technology application, cluster front line demonstrations and dissemination in the field of agriculture. He stressed the KVKs to generate 30% fund of their expenditure through own efforts. He also advised the KVKs to promote swachchtaprogramme, cashless transaction and Direct Benefit Transfer, etc. in an efficient manner. Genetic and bio-diversity conservation should be promoted in tribal areas by registering local varieties under PPV&FRA. Farmers’ innovations must be up-scaled through farm innovation research he opined. KVKs are not only for extension but also to undertake local farmers’ participatory research. ICT-based initiatives such as KVK portal, mobile apps, small videos must be effectively used for the betterment of the farming community.
During the function various publications were released and website of ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur and mobile apps have been launched.
Dr. A. R. Pathak, Vice Chancellor, JAU, Junagadh in his presidential address stressed the technologies developed at SAUs/ICAR should be transferred in an efficient manner by overcoming challenges faced by the KVKs and the expectations by farmers should be fulfilled. Climate change is a major challenge and impact analysis of the KVKs should be done on priority.
Dr. Lakhan Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Pune expressed his views on science led move of the KVKs under climate change scenario to enhance the visibility and efficiency of the KVKs.
During the 3 days’ workshop, Directors of Extension Education from 9 State Agricultural Universities of Rajasthan and Gujarat presented the progress and monitoring of KVKs in their jurisdiction.All the senior scientists and head from 72 KVKs were presented the progress of work done during 2016-17.
On 12th June 2017, in the concluding remarks Vice-Chancellor of JAU, Junagadh stated that the KVKs are working in the real rural social setting for the betterment of the farming community. The expectations from KVKs are very high hence there is need to priorities the activities for doubling the farmers’ income. He stressed on organization of more number of front line demonstrations to show the production potentialities of the proven technologies. KVKs should work hard to fulfill the expectations of the nation with the visible impact of the agricultural technologies at farmers’ fields.
Dr. P. P. Rohilla, Principal Scientist proposed vote of thanks.
Source : ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Jodhpur
Group Meeting on Pulses under National Food Security Mission (NFSM) Inaugurated
29th March, 2017, Jodhpur
A two-days Group Meeting (29-30th March, 2017) for Nodal Officers of KrishiVigyanKendras (KVKs) under National Food Security Mission (NFSM) was inaugurated at ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute (ATARI), Jodhpur (Rajasthan).Dr. M. S. Meena, Principal Scientist (Agril. Extn.) & PI of NFSM project welcomed the participants.
Dr. S. K. Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur in his introductory remarks emphasised the involvement of major research Institutes of ICAR related to pulses and State Agricultural Universities in collaboration with KVKs improving pulses productivity through cluster frontline demonstrations (CFLDs) on pulses. He narrated that 57 KVKs of Rajasthan and Gujarat are actively engaged in CFLDs on pulsesfrom different agro-climatic situations. Pulse crops are important for food, nutritional and agro ecological sustainability. The pulses fix more than 75 percent of nitrogen in soil and require less water in comparison to other crops in opined. He also mentioned that 60 percent of Indian population is vegetarian and as per ICMR recommendation the per capita pulse consumption is required to be 50-55 g/day and to ensure the availability of pulses a minimum of 22 million tonnes of pulses is required to be produced. He informed the participants that stress should be given to Pigeon Pea as no other country is producing the said crop and 95% of the pigeon pea producer and consumers are in India only.
Among the major pulse producing states Rajasthan and Gujarat states are significantly contributing to the pulses production.He also stressed that KVKs play an important role to bring the location specific technological options developed by ICAR institutes and SAUs to farmers’ fields. KVKs must focus on gap analysis, disease and pest incidences, rationalization of input at field level and documentation farmers’ reactions, field results based on technological and economic indicators so that future strategies can be developed. He also briefed the scenario of pulses in the country and Major initiatives by the Government of India to boost up the pulses production. He stress that KVKs being the Farm Science Centre of their respective districts should properly implement the technology flow from technology generation to technology adoption.
Nodal officers of 30 KVKs from Rajasthan and Gujarat states have been invited to participate in this Group Meeting.Resource persons of Rajasthan from ICAR institutes and SAUs have also been invited for delivering interactive lectures on improved technologies and production practices of pulse crops.
(Source : ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur)