No unanimity on utility

Deepender Deswal

KRISHI Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) had been established with a view to bridge the hole between the farmers and the technological developments within the agriculture sector. These kendras are supplied with infrastructure and manpower to achieve out to the farmers of their fields. The primary goal has been the switch of expertise from the laboratory to the farmer’s discipline below the lab-to-land programme.

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HAU Vice Chancellor Prof Samar Singh says Haryana has 19 KVKs working below the supervision of the college’s Directorate of Extension Education. “Extension activities are being carried out by the directorate through its KVKs to cater to the needs of the farmers and bridge the gap between technology transfer and its adoption,” he says.

However, agriculture specialists opine that KVKs stay underutilised and haven’t been capable of fulfil their potential optimally. A piece of the farmers says they want the assistance of specialists in making agriculture sustainable, including that the functioning of the KVKs needs to be reviewed to make them environment friendly and approachable to the farmers.

Some farmers say they’ve hardly ever interacted with scientists of KVKs. They declare that KVK officers hardly go to their villages to provide them steerage or skilled recommendation. Raman Deep, a younger farmer of Kirtan village in Hisar district, says he has heard in regards to the KVKs however does not know the right way to acquire entry to them. “I have been trying to innovate to boost my income as sowing of wheat and cotton is no longer profitable. Farmers visit Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University (HAU) at Hisar for seed, soil testing etc. It’s high time the KVKs become proactive and get closer to the farmers,” says Raman Deep, who owns 5 acres.

Some KVKs are attempting to assist farmers who search recommendation and help from the scientists. Narender, who owns 4 acres in Fatehabad’s Dharnia village, credit the KVK for his success in seed improvement.

Dr Sardul Singh Mann, coordinator on the KVK in Fatehabad, claims they’ve been capable of encourage farmers to modify to mustard cultivation in an enormous approach. “Mustard cultivation has almost doubled — from 10,000 hectares to 19,000 hectares — in Fatehabad in a decade. Besides, there are many farmers like Narender who have become successful with the technology transfer via KVK. During the sowing season, around 200 farmers visit the kendra in a month,” he says.

Dr Ramkumar, an agriculture skilled, says KVKs have became white elephants throughout Haryana. “Despite deploying experts drawing hefty salaries, the KVKs are a failure. KVKs amount to wastage of government funds,” he provides.

Dr Ramkumar says these institutes have didn’t bridge the hole between farmers and farm scientists. “The government and the agricultural university must review the functioning and performance of KVKs,” he says. According to him, agriculture improvement officers (ADOs) can do far a greater job within the pursuits of farmers. “But the state government has failed to fill the vacancies of the ADOs for a long time. I have taken up the issue with successive agriculture ministers of Haryana.”

Ramandeep Singh Mann, an engineer-turned-progressive farmer, talked about in a current tweet that the sanctioned power of ADOs in Haryana is 1070, of which 655 posts are mendacity vacant for years. “These posts should be filled soon as the ADOs are there to help/assist farmers,” he says.

The HAU Vice Chancellor, Prof Samar Singh, says KVKs are a part of the National Agricultural Research and Extension System, whose power lies in its multi-disciplinary composition, multi-stakeholder possession and multifarious actions.

“KVKs are working in close coordination with the stakeholders, the state Department of Agriculture and allied agencies to provide long-term solutions through our farm advisory, farm testing, training and farm information services,” he says.

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