One-day re-orientation programme for Subject Matter Specialists (Agricultural Extension) of Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVK)s of Rajasthan and Haryana was been organised at ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute (ATARI), Jodhpur Thursday.
Dr. Prabhu Kumar, Former Director, ICAR-ATARI, Bengalure and Ludhiana, chief guest of the event emphasised on conductance of need based on farm trials for benefit of farming community by Subject Matter Specialists of Agricultural Extension.
Dr SK Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur in his inaugural address briefed about the roles and responsibility of Subject Matter Specialists (Agri. Extn.) of KVKs in the present scenario of agricultural development in India. He stressed on the importance and involvement of Subject Matter Specialists (Agri. 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 among other field activities.
Many directors of Extension Education of State Agriculture Universities (SAUs) briefed about the extension systems prevailing in their respective jurisdictions.
A total of 30 Subject Matter Specialists of Agricultural Extension discipline from Rajasthan and Haryana presented their views and future roadmaps for agricultural developments of their respective districts.