By PC, KVK, Nalbari.
Chairman Zilla Parishad, NLB
SMS, Soil Science, Nalbari
For sensitization of farmers, the KVK, Nalbari organized an one day training cum awareness programme of Agricultural Innovation Partnership’s Technology Dissemination and Income Improvement activity on pre and post flood rice cultivation which was sponsored by Sathguru foundation and aided by USAID on 5th July, 2013 at Training hall of KVK, Nalbari with around 150 participants. The participants were mainly the member of Farm Management Committee (FMC), students and few member of NGO’s
At the outset of the programme Dr. M. Deka, Programme Coordinator, of the KVK extended warm welcome to all the dignitaries and trainees. The dignitaries are then felicitated by the scientists of the KVK. The programme coordinator then briefed about the objectives of the training programme and mentioned that this training programme is an unique one from the point of view of involvement of all stakeholders- the farmers (FMC member), the state department of Agriculture, the Assam Agricultural University and students from local colleges as anticipated by the sponsorer of the programme.
The programme was chaired by the Honourable Director of Extension Education, AAU, Jorhat Dr. H. C. Bhattacharyya.
District Agricultural Officer, Baksa Mr. B.K.Dutta hailed the organizer for organizing such an important training. He said that unlike other districts Baksa is generally free from flood but occasionally experience drought like situation. He urged upon the scientific community to develop appropriate technology to mitigate such problem.
Addressing the participants, District Agricultural Officer, Nalbari Mr. A. M. Karmakar said that Nalbari district is still lagging far behind in agricultural development vis a vis other districts of Assam. He appreciated the role played by KVK, Nalbari in bringing synergy among all different allied departments. He then highlighted the components available in BGREI, RKVY, RADP, NFSM etc. with respect to rice to face recurring flood situation. The District Agricultural Office has prepared a detailed project report with road map for bringing green revolution in the district and tried to motivate farmers in this direction. He lamented that even neighboring states are marching too ahead of Assam by resorting to scientific cultivation practices. He urged upon the farmers to change the mindset for agricultural development.
Mr. S. Shamanta of Tata chemicals lauded the role played by USAID for its efforts towards agricultural development in underdeveloped countries of the world.
Mrs. Bitumoni Dutta, charman of Nalbari Zilla Parisad pointed out that majority of the population of Nalbari district lives on agriculture because of absence of industries. She stressed on adoption of all round scientific cultivation practices.
Dr. H. Bhattacharyya, chairman of the programme shifted focus towards convergence among different stakeholders. Because of non convergence agricultural development has not gained momentum inspite of heavy investment in agriculture by the Government. He outlined the role of KVKs in agricultural development through training, demonstration and setting up of KVKs in every district has reduced technology distortion in farmers’ field from the original one tremendously. He also emphasized on the initiation of a series of brain storming sessions for bringing youths to agriculture vocation through total mechanization.
The inaugural session of the meeting ended with vote of thanks by Mrs. M. Chakraborty, SMS, Soil Science
A live telecast programme on Crop Seminar entitled ‘Amar Pathar Amar Katha’ was held in the premises of Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Nalbari on 9th March 2013 from 3:00 P.M to 5:30 P.M. The programme was sponsored by Ministry of Agriculture Govt. of India and organised by Doordarshan Kendra, Guwahati in collaboration with Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Nalbari.
Attending the function as guest of honour Mr. L Gogoi, Deputy Commissioner of Nalbari district formally inaugurated the programme by lighting a lamp. The inaugural ceremony was followed by a session of farmers - scientists interaction.
The august presence of Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture, Govt. of Assam Mr. Nilamonisen Deka as chief guest in the programme and his valuable speech enthralled the audience. He appreciated the effort of Doordarshan Kendra for organising such a crop seminar for benefit of the farmers. He also stressed upon adoption of organic farming in Assam and take up agriculture as an avenue for self employment to lift up rural economy and elaborated various innovative schemes implemented in the state for the benefit of the farmers.
Resource persons drawn from AAU and other allied departments took part in the farmers-scientists interaction and suggested solutions of the various problems raised by the farmers.
Mr. L Gogoi, Deputy Commissioner, Nalbari, Mr. V Karthikeyan, Deputy Director General, Doordarshan Kendra, Guwahati, Dr. M.C Talukdar, Professor, Assam Agriculture University, Jorhat and Dr. M Deka, Programme Coordinator, KVK, Nalbari also addressed in the programme. Dr. Deka stressed that the agricultural growth should be around 4% to feed the increasing population of India. He further spoke that if farmers, scientists and other extension agencies work together in association with good political will and involvement of print and electronic media for quick dissemination of agricultural technology will certainly bring revolutionary change in agricultural scenario to achieve food, nutritional and livelihood security for ever increasing population of India.
The Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting of KVK Nalbari was held on 22-02-2013 at the office of the KVK, Nalbari, under the chairmanship of the Director of Extension Education, Assam Agricultural University (AAU), Dr.H. C. Bhattacharyya with 39 participants including Mr. L. Gogoi, Deputy Commissioner, Nalbari and Dr. A. K. Gogoi, Zonal Project Director, ICAR Zone-III among others.
At the onset, Dr. M. Deka, Programme Coordinator, KVK Nalbari, welcome and introduced the members of the SAC and outlined the purpose and objective of the SAC meeting.
As a special invitee of the SAC meeting Mr. L. Gogoi, Deputy Commissionar, Nalbari inaugurated the meeting and addressed the house and elaborated the relevance of transfer of technology from lab to land. He also call upon the representative of the farming communities to be focal and highlight the importance of appropriate technologies necessary for the prevailing farming situation.
Dr. H. C. Bhattacharyya, highlighted the importance of SAC meeting in finalizing the activities of KVK for the next financial year and giving a proper direction considering the requirements of the district in Agriculture and allied sectors. Dr. Bhattacharyya hoped that setting up of DBT laboratory would facilitate the production of organic bio fertilizer and bio pesticide
KVKs act as the window of AAU, through which innovations pass on to farmers and are expected to play a single window delivery mechanism to serve the farming community, said Dr. A.K.gogoi, ZPD, ICAR,Zone-III. He also highlighted. various state and centrally sponsored schemes for the benefit of the farmers and assured that the ICAR would soon develop a pocket diary containing all the available schemes in vernacular languages.
Dr. M. Deka, Programme Coordinator of KVK Nalbari and member secretary of the SAC, presented the annual action plan of KVK Nalbari for the year 2013-14 and members from allied departments and farmers express their views. All the members of SAC from various line departments were present and actively participated making it a grand success.