Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Radha Mohan Singh today launched Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) portal (http://kvk.icar.gov.in).
Singh said that there are 645 KVK in the country and these centres are established in the rural districts of the country. Each KVK has direct interface with at least 1000 farmers. As the information related to KVK was not available at one place at the national level, the farmers and other stakeholders had difficulty in accessing the information and also there was no online monitoring system at the national level to review and monitor the functioning of KVKs against the mandates and objectives. “This portal will provide a platform to provide the information and advisory to the farmers and facilitate online monitoring of the KVK activities,” he added.
Singh said that the KVKs are the main center of knowledge and resource in the field of agriculture at the district level and this portal will help in monitoring at the national level and in providing timely information and advisory to the farmers.
Mandate and activities of KVKs include technology assessment and demonstration for its application and capacity development. In addition, KVK produce quality technological products (seed, planting material, bio-agents, livestock) and make it available to farmers, organize frontline extension activities, identify and document selected farm innovations and converge with ongoing schemes and programmes within the mandate of KVK.
Features of the Portal:
1.The portal provides provisions for online monitoring of KVKs which will include reporting of major events on regular basis and submission of monthly reports online.
2. The portal will also provide information on different services being provided by different KVKs.
3. Weather and Market related informations can also be accessed by the farmers and others.
4. The forthcoming programmes will also be available on the website which will benefit farmers and youth in joining different training programmes being organized by KVKs.
5. Question and answer facility will also be available for the farmers.
6. Agriculture related information of the districts will also be available on the portal.
7.The farmers and the Agricultural Officers may register themselves and seek different informations related to KVKs.
New Ministers take charge
Newly inducted Ministers Sudarshan Bhagat and Parshottam Rupala today took over charge as the new Ministers of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare. Bhagat said
that his focus will be to increase the production of food grains with less production cost as well dairy products so that farmers may get doubled income.
Rupala said that his priority is to execute centre’s roadmap for the development of agriculture sector and Famers Welfare.