Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh underlined the important role of Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) as catalyst of agriculture growth as he emphasised this during the inter-session meeting of the consultative committee of Ministry of Agriculture in Krishi Vigyan Kendra, in Shikohpur, Gurgaon yesterday.
Chairing the meeting of the consultative committee of Parliamentarians of the Ministry of Agriculture, Singh informed that this is the first time that a consultative committee meeting of Ministry of Agriculture is organised in KVK.
Singh said that organising such an important programme in Shikohpur away from the headquarters of Ministry of Agriculture in KVK village will go a long way in bringing awareness about “Lab to land”.
The Minister emphasised about the role of front-line extension system and said that it has evolved with the growth of ICAR Institutes and Agricultural Universities in the country. The basic objective of frontline extension system is to conduct extension research, develop methodology, demonstrate latest technologies, provide feedback to scientists and provide capacity building support to the main extension system i.e. field extension system of the State Development Departments, he said.
Singh urged agricultural scientists for voluntarily adopt one village and make regular visits for updating the knowledge of the farmers and exemplifying ‘Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav’.
He also mentioned KVKs system needs to be strengthened with basic amenities, laboratories and additional scientific manpower. It is the right platform to discuss the issues of KVKs and to reorient the strategies for effective functioning of KVKs for fulfilling its expanding mandate.
Participating in the discussion, MP, Rodmal Nagar suggested strengthening institutional mechanism for coordination between Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) officers and Krishi Vigyan Kendra. MP, Sumedhanand Saraswati suggested the Government may look into extending the role of KVKs for organic farming. MP, MB Rajesh suggested on strengthening KVKs and organising knowledge seminars for interaction with farmers. He said, organising such educational awareness programmes will help in creating awareness about various aspects related to agriculture.
Singh expressed that seminars be organised twice a year in KVKs in MPs presence. To improve productivity levels of various crops, the Government is giving priority to save our natural resources like soil and water and Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana to improve soil health and achieve more crop production per drop of water.