Ludhiana, November 22, 2012: 7th National Conference on KVK-2012 concluded at Punjab Agricultural University, today. The three day conference saw the exchange of ideas among scientists from across the country, in eight technical sessions.
Dr. Gurbachan Singh, Chairman, Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board, New Delhi was the Chief Guest at the concluding session. In his address, he said that priorities in agriculture are changing. We need to increase our foodgrain production by 6-8 million ton, every year to keep pace with the increasing population. Since majority of our farmers are small having 1-2 ha of land, we must evolve and disseminate technologies relevant to their needs, he said. Dr. Singh further said that deteriorating soil health and declining farm profits are big concerns and we must make every efforts to increase food production by bridging the gap between potential and actual yield levels at farmers fields.
Commenting on the importance of science, Dr. Singh said no nation can progress without sound footing in science. He appealed to the government and private sector for more investments in science. He also advocated that scientists should be sent abroad for wider exposure.
In his address, Dr. B. S. Dhillon, Vice Chancellor, PAU said that KVKs are the backbone of Indian extension system and play an important role in the dissemination of farm technology to farmers and also act as strong feedback system for scientists. Dr. Dhillon said farmers too are innovators and scientists should see their innovations and refine them.
Dr. K.D. Kokate, Deputy Director General, (Agricultural Extension), ICAR, New Delhi while giving details of the proceedings of the conference informed that several new recommendations have emerged. Delegates felt that KVKs need to prioritize technologies and best practices which can help the farmers in increasing their farm production and also reduce drudgery. These technologies should aim to minimize cost and maximize farm input, he said adding that such an approach could certainly make a difference in their life. KVKs need to work in a 'mission mode' and make every effort to make farmers proud of their profession.
Dr. M.S.Gill, Director of Extension Education, while proposing a vote of thanks said that the conference provided a platform to the scientists from KVKs and SAUs to exchange information and experiences, which will help them to serve the farmers in a better way.