Tuesday, 24 March 2015
- டாக்டர் கு.சௌந்தரபாண்டியன்.
: KAU Vice-Chancellor P. Rajendran called upon the Krishi Vigyan Kendra scientists to prepare projects for the holistic development of the agricultural sector.
Speaking at the inauguration of the two-day workshop on the formulation of an action plan for 2015-16 of Krishi Vigyan Kendras in Kerala and Lakshadweep at the Directorate of Extension, Kerala Agricultural University (KAU), on Tuesday, he asked KVK scientists to restructure extension modules without compromising on the focus and objectives.
“All extension programmes should aim at holistic development of farming sector. There has to be a change in extension perspectives in tune with emerging trends in agriculture and prospective plans have to be appropriately moulded. Soil nutrient management, agri entrepreneurship development, skill development, thrust on organic farming and credit and market support systems are the areas to be focused. Technology dissemination has to match the technology generation in quality and quantity,” Dr. Rajendran said.
The major issues discussed on the first day include integrated pest and disease management in different crops, correction of soil acidity and micro nutrient deficiency, column method of pepper propagation, performance assessment of varieties suited to different situations, wild boar management using repellents and value addition and marketing approaches involving self-help groups.The annual workshop organised by ICAR Zonal Project Directorate in collaboration with the KAU.
S. Suresh Kumar, General Manager of Canara Bank – Coimbatore Circle, and V. Saravanan, assistant general manager of Reserve Bank of India (Chennai), received copies of the plan from the Collector.
The Agriculture Department will organise a ‘Regional Mela on Organic Farming and Products at Rythu Bazaar here on Wednesday. Agriculture officials and farmers from Nellore, Kadapa, Anantapur, Prakasam, Kurnool and Chittoor districts are participating in the one-day event.Joint Director (Agriculture) Nirmal Nithyanand said that the event would focus on organic farming methods and awareness campaigns for farmers. “Different varieties of paddy, cereals and vegetables will be on display and organic farm product will be available for sale,” he said. “The Agriculture Department is monitoring the organic farming practices in around 600 hectares in the district and we have plans to increase the acreage ,” he said.