Annual Zonal Workshop of ICAR-ATARI, Kolkata KVKs held at ICAR-CIARI, Port Blair on April 14-16, 2017
Annual Zonal Workshop for 89 KVKs of Zone-II consisting the states of Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Union Territory of A&N Islands was held at ICAR-CIARI, Port Blair on April 14-16, 2017. The workshop was inaugurated by the Vice-Chancellor of BAU, Sabour, Bhagalpur, Bihar, Dr. A.K. Singh in the presence of Dr. S. Dam Roy, Director, ICAR-CIARI, Dr. S.S. Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Kolkata,Directors of Extension Education of SAUs, Scientists of ICAR-ATARI, Kolkata, Faculty of ICAR-CIARI, Port Blair, nearly 100 KVK personnel, Press & Media people and others. After a brief welcome and putting up a few pertinent issues by Dr. P.P. Pal, Principal Scientist, ICAR-ATARI, Kolkata, Dr. S.K. Roy, Principal Scientist, ICAR-ATARI, Kolkata presented the achievements of this zone during last one year. In inaugurating the workshop, the Vice-Chancellor, BAU, Bhagalpur, Bihar appreciated the efforts of the KVKs in bringing visible changes in the agriculture of this zone. He, however, urged the KVKs to become more active in implementing various schemes and prorammes of Govt. of Bihar and Central Government for the benefit of the farming community of this zone. Some publications like Proceedings of National Conference of KVKs 2015, NICRA News Letter, NICRA News -At a Glance, Champion farmers etc. were released during the Session.
The inaugural session was followed by a special technical session on Panel discussion on various aspects functioning of KVKs chaired by Dr. A.K. Singh. Detailed discussion took place regarding present functioning of KVK system and suggested measures to improve upon the pattern of functioning for better output/outcome of the system. Major issues highlighted in the session includes issue of soil health card, strengthening of soil & water testing laboratory, contractual engagement of manpower, infrastructure development, cashless transaction, kisan portal, linking AADHAR of the beneficiaries of KVKs, digitization, skill training, registration of more number of farmers variety, convergence with all other stakeholders, recruitment in ICAR KVKs by ASRB, filing up vacant posts in KVKs by SAUs, inclusion of research component in ATARI functioning, incorporation of GPS in all field activities of KVKs, disparity in pay and allowances of SMSs in KVK under different host organizations, focus on technology assessment and refinement to make more visible etc.
Three concurrent sessions were held during the workshop to critically evaluate the activities of KVKs during last one year (2016-17) and suggested Action Plan for 2017-18. Need based suggestions were given by the chair and co-chair of the sessions in every aspect of future plan of action to make it more relevant and farmers’ oriented. In the valedictory session organized in the second day, all the observations were summed up for its incorporation in the annual action plan of the KVKs.
Dr. F.H. Rahman, Principal Scientist, ICAR-ATARI, Kolkata coordinated the workshop.