Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that the Krishi Vigyan Kendras must act as a bridge between scientists and farmers in providing knowledge and latest farming techniques to farmers.
He was addressing the gathering after visiting the Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) in Baramati, Maharashtra today.
The Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection, Maharashtra, Shri Girish Bapat, the former Union Minister for Agriculture, Shri Sharad Pawar and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.
The Vice President asked KVKs across the country to play an active role in making agriculture remunerative by training farmers in allied sectors like sericulture, diary, poultry, fisheries, seed processing and others.
The Vice President said that improving the livelihood of people dependent on agriculture must be made top priority. People living in rural areas must be part of the development and there is a need to establish a regular dialogue between farmers, policy makers and scientists, he added.
Describing the KVK, Baramati as a role model for agriculture research centres, he said that it is helping in empowering rural youth.
Among others, the Vice President visited the Centre of Excellence for Vegetables (an Indo Dutch Project) and enquired about the technological advancements in vegetable farming. He also visited different facilities at KVK and also interacted with students at Atal Tinkering Lab.>