भा.कृ.अनु.प.-कृषि प्रौद्योगिकी अनुप्रयोग अनुसंधान संस्थान, जोन VIII, पुणे
ICAR- Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Zone VIII, Pune
Organized Farmers Monthly Seminar through Digital Mode in view of Kovid-19 Restrictions
Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Jalan-I organize monthly farmers' seminars through its informal group named Krishi Vigyan Mandal (KVM) from last 22 years.
This seminar is organized on fixed date i.e. 5th of every month on need based topics where farmers participate voluntarily with their own expenses across the district.
The expert lectures are organized; farmers solve their problems and get back the technologies in their villages.
Total 271 monthly seminars are held so far without any discontinuity which itself is a record of consistency.
The expenses for organizing seminars are also borne by individual farmers on rotation basis.
On 5th April, 2020, due to restrictions of Covid-19 outbreak and lockdown situation in the country, it was not possible to organize this monthly seminar in actual.
On this background, KVK with consents of KVM members decided not to discontinue the series of knowledge sharing event and the contents of 272nd monthly seminar will be delivered to
farmers by using digital mode like YouTube. In this way, the three topics were recorded in video mode and uploaded on YouTube channel.
KVK has its own YouTube channel named "KVK Jalna". The YouTube video links were sent to registered farmers at 11.00 am on 5th April, 2020 through WhatsApp messages and text messages.
The contents were reached to > 2000 farmers through various groups and individual contacts. Initially Shri Vijay Anna Borade, Acting Secretary, MSSM, Jalna
interacted with farmers on 'Precautions to be taken by farmers during lockdown period' through the link https://youtu.be/en4SAb6aXuQ.
He urged to follow government directives and stay safe in homes to save from Corona virus threat. He also told that most of the farm operations and marketing of produce is exempted from lockdown
restrictions which should be used very precisely. Dr. S. V. Sonune, Head, KVK, Jalna-I guided the farmers about "Guidelines of Central and State Government for Farmers
during Lockdown Period" through the link https://youtu.be/HEOPR6DwvWI. He also mentioned that KVK has formed a group of fruits and vegetable farmers and facilitating them for door step marketing
in nearest towns with the help of ATMA and Agril. Department. Mr. Rahul Chaudhari, SMS (Soil Science) imparted lecture on 'Soil fertility management and method of soil sampling
for preparation of Soil Health Cards' through the link https://youtu.be/fA-2uRHfnyo. He appealed the farmers to collect soil samples during lockdown period and send it to KVK after opening of lockdown.
There was a good response of farmers. The new initiative was appreciated in all the way.
ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Pune: An Overview
The Indian Council of Agricultural Research has established 11 Agricultural Technology Application Research Institutes (ATARIs) across the country for monitoring,
reviewing and coordinating the KVK system. Agricultural Extension Division, one of the eight divisions of ICAR, New Delhi has established strong network of Krishi Vigyan Kendras (722 KVKs)
all over the country. The division is headed by Deputy Director General (Agricultural Extension) and supported by two Assistant Directors Generals, four Principal/Senior Scientists, two Directors
and one Under Secretary monitor and review the progress of KVKs through ATARIs. Earlier, there were eight ATARIs (Ludhiana, Kolkata, Barapani, Kanpur, Hyderabad, Jodhpur, Jabalpur and Bengaluru).
Considering more number of KVKs and intricate monitoring/coordination mechanism, three additional ATARIs (Pune, Guwahati and Patna) were established in 2015 for effective monitoring, coordinating
and reviewing the KVKs and started functioning from 2017. If you look in the history of ATARI, it was born as Zonal Coordination Unit in 1979 at 8 locations to monitor transfer of technology projects.
The Zonal Coordination Unit was upgraded as Zonal Project Directorate (ZPD) in 2009. Again it was upgraded as Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute (ATARI) in 2015.
Mandate of ATARI
Coordination and monitoring of technology application and frontline extension education programs
Strengthening agricultural extension research and knowledge management.
Major Activities of ATARI
Planning, monitoring and reviewing of KVK activities in the zone; to identify,
prioritize and implement various activities related to technology integration and dissemination.
Coordinating with SAUs, ICAR institutes/organizations, line departments and voluntary organizations in the zone for implementation of KVK mandated activities.
Facilitating financial and infrastructural support to KVKs for effective functioning.
The Indian Council of Agricultural Research has established 11 Agricultural Technology Application Research Institutes (ATARIs) across the country for monitoring, reviewing and coordinating the KVK system. A strong network of 722 KVKs is being monitored by the Agricultural Extension Division, headed by the DDG (Agril Extension). Earlier, there were 8 ATARIs (Ludhiana, Kolkata, Barapani, Kanpur, Hyderabad, Jodhpur, Jabalpur and Bengaluru). Considering more number of KVKs and intricate monitoring/coordination mechanism, 3 additional ATARIs (Pune, Guwahati and Patna) were established in 2015 for effective monitoring, coordinating and reviewing the KVKs and started functioning from 2017. Total 81 KVKs including 49 KVKs in Maharashtra, 30 in Gujarat and 2 KVKs in Goa comes under ATARI, Pune.... Main projects like Cluster Frontline Demonstrations on Pulses and Oilseeds; Farmer FIRST; ARYA; VATICA; NARI; KSHAMTA; Skill Development Training through ASCI; Tribal Sub Plan; MGMG are being implemented in the zone. In this zone, major focus is being given on mitigating drought situation, micro irrigation, protected cultivation, integrated farming system, crop diversification, Farmer Producers Organizations (FPOs), utilizing weather related information, marketing, etc. Farm Innovations are being documented and up-scaling in other areas. Special focus is being given for doubling farmers income. Convergence of KVKs with line departments and other agencies is strengthened. Lakhan Singh
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