PROCEEDINGS OF THE STATE LEVEL TRAINING-CUM-WORKSHOP OF KVKs OF WEST BENGAL AND A&N ISLANDS
The state level training-cum-workshop of KVKs of West Bengal and A & N Islands was held at the Zonal Project Directorate, Zone II, Kolkata during 4-5 April 2014. It was attended by all the PCs of West Bengal and one SMS representing all the three KVKs in A & N Islands. Dr D Basu, DEE, BCKV; Dr S Biswas, DREF, WBUAFS; Dr H Bhattacharya, DEE, UBKV, Scientists and other staff of the Directorate participated in the workshop.
It began with the inaugural address of Dr. P. P. Pal,Â Principal Scientist (Agricultural extension), Zonal Project Directorate, Zone-II, ICAR, Kolkata. He highlighted the importance of this programme and the performance of KVKs regarding seed production, planting material production, fish fingerling production and use of soil testing facilities which was lesser than the target and it is the need of the hour to achieve the target. He also mentioned about the initiatives of the Zonal Project Director for convergence of KVK activities with different organizations i.e. PDFSR, IPNI, IPI, NehruYuva Kendra, Directorate of Wheat Research, Coconut Development Board etc.
Commenting on extending technological backstopping to the KVKs by the DEEs, Dr Pal expressed his concern for neither sending any information to ZPDs by DEEs nor publishing technology compendium for the state of West Bengal. Focusing on the overall performance of KVKs, he urged the KVKs to concentrate more and more on KVK activities rather than extending support to other organizations at the cost of KVK mandate. Dr Pal also requested the DEEs to take up the matter of staff recruitment in KVKs on priority. Commenting on status of submitting time bound reports like monthly, quarterly, RFD, Skill Development, CCC, NICRA etc. he emphasized the need for looking into the matter by the DEEs to ensure its timely submission to ZPDs.
Dr. S. K. Mondal, Principal Scientist (LPM) discussed about IPNI programme, RFD, Citizen Client Charter and Skill development training. He informed that service standard which was earlier 100 days is now reduced to 30 days. He emphasized on sending monthly and quarterly reports from all the KVKs under Zone-II, Kolkata.
Dr. F.H.Rahman, Senior Scientist (Soil Science) highlighted a few major activities and achievements of NICRA projects like custom hiring, women entrepreneurship development etc. He stated that the KVKs (Port Blair, Car Nicobar and North Andaman) are not sending any reports and requested them to send it regularly.
Dr. Himadri Bhattacharya, DEE, UBKV pointed out that KVK is the best system to work directly with farmers. He mentioned that poor performance in soil and water test was because of no manpower in the UBKV KVKs.
Dr. D. Basu, DEE, BCKV in his brief deliberation said
- Outreach of KVKs is very poor and needs to be improved.
- Software for reporting and financial management should be utilized by KVKs.
- Pressure on KVK is too much; it should not cross the optimum limit.
- Quality of work of KVK should be improved.
Dr. S. Biswas, DREF, WBUAFS spoke about timely report submission by KVKs and emphasized on ensuring participation of trainees. He also emphasized on self realization on the part of KVK personnel for higher output.
Dr. F. H. Rahman proposed vote of thanks to all the participants and distinguished delegates.
In the technical session Dr. H. K. De gave a short presentation on National Farmersâ€™ Portal. He informed that 12 KVKs in West Bengal are registered with the portal. He presented step by step ways to get registered. He urged the remaining KVKs in W. B. and A & N Islands to get the registration process completed by the evening and ensured all help from ZPD. He also requested all the PCs to develop and maintain KVK website.
Dr. P. P. Pal,Â Principal Scientist (Agricultural extension), requested the KVKs one by one to present their report and submit the hard and soft copy of the same. Following were the observations on the annual reports (2013-14) and action plan (2014-15) presented by different KVKs starting with the KVKs of A & N Islands.
KVKs â€“ A & N Islands:
- In annual report, seed production and production of planting materials should be mentioned properly and crop-wise. Its unit should be changed from kg to q.
- Technology option notation should be changed. Farmersâ€™ practice should not be noted as TO
- In OFT on growth promoter in backyard poultry, confusion was there regarding the growth promoting factors. As high mortality was the area of concern due to many factors like shelter, scarcity of food, high rainfall & humidity, salmonella % ranikhet disease etc., proper technology option should be formulated based on the prevailing problems and in consultation with Animal Husbandry experts
- Soil and water sample study was less- it should be increased.
- Title of OFT on value addition of poultry and animal to be changed to poultry and animal products.
- Seed and planting material production table should be checked and reported properly.
- OFT on evaluation of medium duration paddy variety- it should be taken into FLD.
- In OFT on evaluation of sweet potato varieties, no of varieties should be reduced for better management.
- OFT on Evaluation and growth performance of Catla catla under monoculture should be modified with inclusion of rohu.
- Anticipated target of revenue generation should be mentioned in the action plan
KVK – Bankura:
- Wheat variety PBW-443 may be directly taken to FLD.
- In OFT on refinement of construction of goat farm house with the introduction of raised bamboo made resting platform over the cement concrete / mud floor, technology source should be changed from WBUAFS to IVRI
KVK – Burdwan:
- Lentil (WBL-81) (Subhendu)-it is a very much promising variety with short duration (80-85 days) and high yield (14-15q /ha) which may be taken in FLD programme.
- OFT on assessment of paddy productivity under irrigated and medium upland situation of Burdwan district seems to be a basic research, it should be modified.
- OFTon weed management in upland situation of Burdwan district should be converted to FLD
- OFT on Effect of liming in.pond ecosystem of Burdwan may be moved to FLD
- OFT on impact of SHG on livelihood security of its member should be simplified in consultation with the DEE, BCKV.
- OFT on impact of different extension agencies on socio-economic status of Burdwan farmers should be redesigned.
Day 2: 5 April 2014
- OFT whichever is running should be clearly mentioned as continuing.
KVK â€˜Sasya Shyamalaâ€™ South 24 Parganas:
- OFT on growing mustard as trap crop at 2:1 ratio should be changed to 10:1
- OFT on Scampi culture should be modified into feeding management with standard stocking density instead of different stocking density
- OFT on sub-clinical mastitis should be simplified. Concerned SMS was requested to discuss with Dr. K. Mondal, Pr Scientist (LPM)
- Technological options of the proposed OFTs should be properly mentioned
KVK- South Dinajpur
- â€˜Treatmentâ€™ should not be mentioned in OFTs it should be â€˜Technological Optionâ€™.
- FLD- variety should be changed. Any variety beyond 10 years should not be taken in FLD.
- Need to write details about Farmers Practice in all OFTs
- Source of technology in all OFTs should be mentioned
- OFT on poultry management should be changed to FLD
- FLD of mustard should be carried out with newer variety
- Seed and planting material production table have to be changed; also live stock and fishes should be included.
- Breed Srinidhi should be discarded. Instead Vanaraja may be included.
- Source of technology should be mentioned in the proposed OFTs.
- FLD-format needs to be changed
- FLD in jute may be conducted with JRO-8432,JRO-204 and S-19
- In OFT on onion weed management, source of technology should be mentioned.
- In OFT on Capsicum, technology option should be refined in consultation with the experts.
- In OFT on Onion seed storage, no source of technology was mentioned
- OFT on Okra may be re revised in line with KVK Uttar Dinajpur.
- Seed and planting material production table have to changed, also live stock and fishes in quantity
- In Assessment of integrated nutrient management practice in scented rice ( Var. Kalo Nunia ) to increase yield and improve its quality, mustard oil cake may be taken as technology option.
- OFT on keeping quality/value addition to be framed in consultation with Post harvest experts.
- In OFT on Agricultural Extension, external stimulation needs to minimize.
- In OFT On IFS planting of long trees like coconut, areca nut etc. should be incorporated
- In OFT on Evaluation of performance of supplemented feeding in lactating crossbred cow in Murshidabad District, WB, Protein source must be elaborated. Locally available feed must also be specified.
- Mustard variety must be changed in FLD.
- OFT on Lentil may be changed to FLD.
- Seed and planting material production table have to be changed
North 24 parganas KVK
- OFT on Jayanti rohu may be taken in FLD.
- OFT on Nutritional management of cattle; may be changed to FLD.
- Black gram should be taken up in between rows of maize
- All work must be published in referred journals
Uttar Dinajpur â€“ KVK
- Farmers practice should be given in details.
West Midnapore KVK
- In all OFT- Source of technology should be mentioned.
- Number of OFT should be reduced and match with Number of SMS present.
- Potato and groundnut digger- may be changed to FLD.
Valedictory session started with the remarks of Dr. Himadri Bhattacharya, DEE, UBKV. He stressed on uniformity in the presentations for all KVKs. Dr. S. K. Roy (Principal Scientist, Agronomy) summarized the observations and mentioned about need based OFT for all KVKs, submitting reports within the stipulated dates. Dr. Roy mentioned about targets for different activities of the KVKâ€™s of Zone-II and requested the KVKs to go for higher target of mandated activities.
Dr H K De added that in all reports and presentation or any kind of work related to KVK, the ICAR logo must be used giving the brand â€˜ICARâ€™ due importance. Its original colour should be maintained and it may be downloaded from ICAR website. In the KVK letter head/signboard/publications or other places, ICAR logo should be placed in the left side while host institute logo may be placed in the right side.
Following recommendations emerged-
- KVKs should involve more number of extension functionaries in training and other programmes
- Functional linkage and convergence to be emphasized upon by the KVKs
- FLDs must be conducted on newly released technologies/varieties/seeds only
- Entrepreneurship development should be the thrust area for all the KVKs
- End to end service to be provided to all the clientele group by the KVKs
- OFTs in animal Husbandry; Home Science and Agricultural Extension should be designed after reviewing of existing literature/status of technological application
- of rural youths trained should commensurate with the number of youths trained under skill development training
- Target for production of fish fingerling should be enhanced by KVKs
- Introduction of new/non-conventional breed/strain of livestock may only be encouraged after sufficient data generation on existing breed/strain
- Seed and planning material production should be given priority
The workshop ended with vote of thanks proposed by Dr H K De.