ICAR-CIFA organises conference on Improving Income of Farmers through Agriculture and Aquaculture

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Bhubaneswar: The National Conference “Improving Income of Farmers through Agriculture and Aquaculture through Development Interventions” was jointly organised by Society of Krishi Vigyan, Punjab, Association of Aquaculturists and ICAR-Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture from 5-7 January, 2018. The conference has six technical sessions with lead and invited lectures, oral and poster presentations on the topics of innovation in agricultural development and social studies, technology assessment, refinement and dissemination, climate change, organic farming, natural resource management, agricultural enterprises and aquaculture.

The conference has registered participants of 167 from different 17 states of India. The conference has a majority of 120 participants from 80 Krishi Vigyan Kendra’s (KVK) of India.

The program was inaugurated by Mrs. Usha Rani, IAS, Director General, National Institute for Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE), Hyderabad. She stressed the importance of the KVK and extension system of the country in transfer of technologies to increase the farmer’s income. In reality the technology is not reaching to the small and marginal farmers. The success stories on agriculture, aquaculture should reach the farmers, she added. She also gave importance on information on quality seed, feed,, market linkage, aqua clinics, sustainable and environment friendly aquaculture.

Dr A. K. Singh, DDG, (Agricultural Extension), ICAR, New Delhi presided over the inaugural session. He emphasized on technology validation and transfer of technology to farmers. He advised the KVKs to prepare district agricultural plan and hand it over the district administration for implementation. He also advised to make efforts to upgrade farmers to entrepreneur with business orientation.

Dr. Surendranath Pasupalak, Vice Chancellor, OUAT, Bhubaneswar was the guest of honour on this occasion. KVK is the knowledge/resource center for animal husbandry, fisheries, horticulture, crops and farm machinery in the district. Entrepreneurship development among farmers and farm women need to be strengthened by KVK. It is essential for doubling the income of the farmers, he added.

Dr. W.S. Dhillon, ADG (Horticulture), ICAR , New Delhi argued the ‘profit of the farmer’ should double and not just doubling the income. Dr. J. K. Sundaray, Director, ICAR-CIFA on his welcome address spoke on the importance of this conference in line with the present need of increasing farmer’s income. He stressed on the communication gap of the innovation of KVK . Dr. Manoj Sharma, National Organising Secretary of the conference gave brief information about the Society of Krishi Vigyan and the conference.

This national conference will serve as a platform for the professionals working in agriculture and aquaculture for devising strategies for increasing income of farmers. This conference was mooted by the Society of Krishi Vigyan, Punjab dedicated for the professionals of KVKs working in India informed Dr
P N Ananth, Head, KVK, Khordha who is also National Organising Secretary of the seminar. The society has two journals reflecting the works of KVKs. This is first of its kind a national conference organised by the Society of Krishi Vigyan at ICAR-CIFA largely benefitting the KVKs of the country. Dr. P. Routray Principal Scientist and Secretary, Association of Aquaculturists, Bhubaneswar proposed the vote of thanks.

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