Monday, November 19, 2012



The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) is all set to hold a seventh national conference on "Krishi Vigyan KendraS–2012" from November 20-22 at Pal Auditorium of PAU.

At a press conference organized at PAU today, the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, said that the national conference is being jointly organized by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and Punjab Agricultural University. Based on the theme "Integrating Technologies and Best Practices," the conference will be inaugurated by Sh. Sharad Pawar, Union Minister of Agriculture and Food Processing Industries, on November 20. Dr Charan Das Mahant, Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries, will preside over the conference. Dr S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE; and Director General, ICAR, will express his views during inaugural function. He divulged that nearly 1200 delegates from various parts of the country will participate in the conference. On this occasion, an exhibition and innovative market place, showcasing various farm technologies will be put up, which will be inaugurated by the Chief Guest.

Interacting with the media, Dr K.D. Kokate, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Extension), ICAR, said that KVK is a scientific institution having unique system of functioning across the country. He revealed that the first KVK was established in 1974 at Puduchery. At present, there are 630 KVKs in India out of which 20 are in Punjab. On-farm testing to identify location specificity of agricultural and allied technologies under various farming systems, front line demonstrations to establish production potentials of technologies on farmers' fields, and imparting training to farmers, farm women, rural youth and extension personnel in agriculture and allied occupations, are the vital aspects of KVK, said Dr Kokate. He emphasized on retaining talented youth in agriculture.

During the conference, eight technical sessions will be organized, wherein farm innovators and several eminent agricultural stalwarts will discuss KVK's best practices, farm innovations, and technology for higher production, value addition and improved livelihood.

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