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Location of KVK, Dibrugarh


...Krishi Vigyan Kendra (s)

The KVK site is located at Romai Village which is about 20 km away towards southeastern direction of Dibrugarh town, the district head quarter and 6 km from Lahoal, a small town with a railway station. The KVK Campus is being developed at Romai with construction of institute building, farmers’ hostel, staff quarters etc. and therefore, at present this KVK is functioning from the temporary office located at Ghoramara about 2 km far from Romai towards Lahoal. The land area of KVK is 16 ha. The geographical location of Dibrugarh is 27.29 deg. N latitude and 94.58 deg. E longitudes. The KVK is connected by NH 37 from Dibrugarh to Lahoal, from Lahoal to Modarkhat by State road and from Modarkhat to Romai by a good motorable village road.
The mandated activities of KVK as per guidelines of ICAR are:
1. Conducting on-farm testing in crop production, horticultural production, livestock production, fish production etc. for identifying technologies in terms of location specific sustainable land use system.
2. Organizing Frontline Demonstration on major cereal crops, oilseeds and pulses and other enterprises to generate production data and gather feed back information.
3. Organizing short and long term vocational training courses in agriculture and allied vocations for farmers, farm women and rural youth for raising production and productivity and generating self-employment, and,
4. In-service training to update the extension personnel with emerging advances in agricultural and allied research.

Besides, the following subsidiary activities are very much important to fulfill the aims of the major activities.
1. Participatory rural appraisal for need assessment in the farming system mode.
2. Farmers-scientists interactions on farmers' cultivation related problems and their solutions,
3. Farmers’ fair and farmers’ day to demonstrate and exhibit latest technologies to the farming community in the KVK,
4. Exposure visits for farmers, rural youth, and farm women,
5. Animal health camp and awareness campaign.
6. Field days for on the spot evaluation of crop growth and yield etc.
7. Diagnostic field visit.
8. Organizing self-help groups and farm science clubs.
9. Follow up measures and impact assessment etc.

...Sucess Story

KVK intervention: A group of scientists from the KVK, AAU, Dibrugarh had visited the spot to take stock of various activities and to suggest alternative enterprises in order to make their group economically sound. KVK observed a heavy demand of organic source of nutrients, as the nearby area is surrounded by numerous small tea gardens as well as a large belt of vegetable. Based on the observations, the KVK advised the group to take up a vermicompost production unit, as required raw material also found to be easily available in the village itself. Though the group initially hesitated to take up the venture, KVK tried to motivate them. Eventually KVK, Dibrugarh imparted a training programme cum demonstration on Vermicompost production. The training was conducted in Phutahulla on 16th & 17th February, 2009, which was attended by 25 participants of the village apart from all members of the group. As follow up, KVK conducted a Front-Line-Demonstration (FLD) on vermicompost production with the SHG at the Romai village. The group started the work by constructing a vermicompost pit in July, 2009 following technical specification provided by the KVK. After that, 3400 nos. of two species of worm (Eisenia foetida and Eudrilus eugeniae) suitable for the area were provided. Under direct supervision and constant hand-holding support of the KVK, they followed step by step scientific vermicompost production. After 3 months, the first harvest yielded 350 kg of vermicompost. So far they have had a good harvest of 1600 kg vermicompost in four batches which fetch them handsome return. Now the group is selling their product to M/s Evergreen Nursery , Dibrugarh in bulk @ Rs. 8.50/-kg whereas it is retailed locally up to Rs.10/per kg in small pickings.

Horizontal Spread: Encouraged by their endeavour, they have set up another pit adjacent to the previous one and at present these two pits are being used alternatively to produce vermicompost to meet their increasing demand. This successful endevour inspired many new groups and a lots of request to organized training on the topic is coming to the KVK. Four more women SHGs of the nearby villages (Jonali SHG, Nabajyoti SHG, Nayantara and Kabery SHG) are also now ready to start the venture and they already approached the KVK for technical help. It is anticipated that by the end of this year near about 4 to 5 new unit will come out in the nearby villages. The group uses to participate in various farmers meet such as Kisan Mela organized by Department of Agriculture to display and sell its product where it receives a good response. Moreover, successful activities of the SHG on vermicompost production was telecast by Doordarshan Kendra , Dibrugarh in its weekly programme of Krishidarshan on 15th February, 2010.

Social Impact: The endeavour is in progress and it is yet to complete even one year. But they express their confidence in making it a profitable one and intention to shift to other small scale enterprises as well with the technological support from the KVK. So, as the unit is only seven month old, the details of social impact is to be assessed.