Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Call for holistic development of agri sector

: 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.

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