State Level Annual Online Action Plan Workshop of 51 KVKs of Maharashtra and Goa on dated 09-10 February 2021

The ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Pune and KVK, Aurangabad-I (VNMKV, Parbhani) jointly organized the ‘State Level Online Annual Action Plan Workshop of 51 KVKs of Maharashtra and Goa from 9-10 February 2021’. Dr. Ashok Kumar Singh, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Extension), ICAR inaugurated the annual action plan workshop on 9.2.2021 as Chief Guest. He said that KVK should be build up as model campus where people can learn so many things without narrating anything. KVK should be futuristic in action plan. Commodities for market access and areas of working should be identified. Identify the cluster of KVKs for water scarcity areas, intensified seed production, quality nursery and protected cultivation. Groundwater recharge activities need to be focused.Dr. Ashok Dhawan, Vice-Chancellor, Vasantrao Naik Marathwada Krishi Vidyapeeth, Parbhani, Maharashtra stressed on beautification of KVK campus so that the visiting farmers can be satisfied and get useful technologies. He also accentuated to encourage the entrepreneurship development with backward and forward linkages. He urged KVKs to start input production units i.e. seeds, biofertilizers, quality bio pesticides, seedlings, trichocard etc. Dr. V.M. Bhale, Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth (PDKV), Akola, Maharashtra said that KVK is the only media for transfer of technology where farmers have faith. KVK is hub for farm technologies. Custom hiring service for costly farm implements/machineries is useful. He said that sericulture, floriculture, in-situ moisture conservation, agro-based models should be emphasized at the centre. Dr. S.D. Sawant, Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Balasaheb Sawant Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth (BSKKV), Dapoli, Maharashtra, stated stated that KVK, Ratnagiri has started an innovative unit of fresh cashew nut processing for providing good quality cashew nuts. KVK should provide alternative solutions to the farmers. Dr. A.M. Paturkar, Vice Chancellor, MAFSU, Nagpur urged the KVKs to integrate livestock component with agriculture for continued income. Desi cow based unit should be developed at the KVKs.

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