The mandates of KVKs are as follows-
Conducting “On-Farm Testing” for identifying technologies in terms of location specific sustainable land use systems.
Organising training to update the extension personnel with emerging advances in agricultural research on regular basis.
Organising short and long term training courses in agriculture and allied vocations for the farmers and rural youths with emphasis on “Learning by doing” for higher production on farms and generating self-employment.
Organising Front Line Demonstrations (FLDs) on various crops to generate production data and feed back information.
In order to achieve the above mandates, the following broad objectives would help the KVKs to develop their specific objectives.-
To promptly demonstrate the latest agricultural technologies to the farmers as well as extension workers of State Departments of Agriculture/Horticulture/ Fishery/ Animal Science/ NGOs with a view to reduce the time lag between the technology generation and its adoption.
- To test and verify the technologies in the socio-economic conditions of the farmers with a view to study the production constraints and to modify the technologies to make them appropriate.
- To impart trainings to the practising farmers/ farm women, rural youth and field level extension functionaries by following the methods of “Teaching by doing” and “Learning by doing’.
- To back-up with training and communication supports to the district level development departments viz; Agriculture/ Horticulture/ Fisheries/ Animal science and NGOs in their extension programmes.
A brief summary of the activities undertaken by Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Kamrup, viz., Training, Font-line Demonstrations, On-Farm Trials etc are presented below:
Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Kamrup organizes production oriented and need based short duration training courses both on the campuses as well as in villages of various target groups with priority on the resource poor section by following the method of learning by doing. During the year from April 2013 to March 2014 KVK conducted 47 nos. of training in the field of agriculture and allied activities for farmers/farm women, rural youths and extension personals. Out of 47 nos. of training 25 nos. were conducted for farm and farm women, 18 nos for rural youth and 4 nos were conducted for extension functionaries. A total of 1438 nos. participated out of which 923 were males and 514 were females. Of the total participants the percentage of SC/ST population was 30.11 percent. In addition to the above KVK also conducted 27 nos. of sponsored training with a total of 312 participants of whom 144 were males and 168 comprised females.
As a mandate of KVK programme 11 nos. of OFTs were conducted involving 30 farmers in different crops. Of this 5 were conducted in cereal crops, 2 each in oilseed, four in vegetables and one conducted in flowers. The thematic areas comprised varietal evaluation, integrated crop management, integrated nutrient management, Integrated weed management, Integrated pest management, Soil health and Soil amendment, water management. These OFTs helped in spread of varieties on pipeline developed by AAU Jorhat.
Altogether 11 nos. of FLDs were conducted the year involving 73 farmers. Out of total FLDs, 1 nos each on Pulse spice, fruits, Flowers and mushroom, 2 nos on Cereal Oilseeds and value addition were conducted during the year 2013-14. The results showed significant increase in productivity and income and thereby acceptance among the farming community was highly positive. These FLDs also helped in area expansion of HYVs of crops.
- EXTENSION ACTIVITIES:
Regarding extension activities of KVK, Kamrup, 11 nos. of field days with 748 participants, 2 nos. of exposure visits with 50 participants, 4 nos. of exposure visit to KVK, Kamrup with 107 nos. of farmers, two animal health with 232 participants were organized during the reporting year. The scientist of KVK also attends farm related programmes organized by different mass medias like radio, TV, etc. for the greater interest of the society and the farming community in particular. Moreover, 4 exhibitions were organized by KVK Kamrup.
- Farm Production and Seed Production:
During the reporting period KVK Kamrup had produced 80.0 q of foundation seeds of winter rice (variety – Ranjit), 5.0 q of rapeseed (variety – TS-36 and M-27), 0.70q of Jute (Var. Tarun) seed in KVK, farm. In addition to the above, planting material generation of turmeric (variety - Megha turmeric - 1) – 30 q, Assam lemon–cutting 2000 nos, Hybrid napier rooted slips 10000 nos and 1500 nos of Dwarf Cavendish/Malbhog seedlings were also carried out at KVK Kamrup.
- Technology Showcasing:
During the reporting period, KVK, Kamrup had conducted seed production programme of Sali rice var. Ranjit in 75.0 ha under technology showcasing during kharif, 2013 with an average yield of 64.25 q/ha certified seed. Technology showcasing programme on Summer Rice (var. Kanaklata,) was also conducted in an area of 50.0 ha with an average yield 63.0 q/ha.
As a mandate of KVK Kamrup, it has carried out various programmes and activities for promotion and development of Entrepreneurs in the district. The different areas in entrepreneurship development, are commercialized nursery, utilization of Biode-graderd water hyacinth, handloom and textile sector, mushroom cultivation and production, banana cultivation, post harvest management and scientific livestock management practices particularly in dairy, poultry, goatery and piggery. A total of approximately 20 entrepreneurs have been developed during the last year under the guidance of KVK Kamrup. These developed entrepreneurs have inspired fellow persons in their locality and neighbourhood.
KVK Kamrup has organized three entrepreneurship meet in three different locations, viz., Bongora, Rani and KVK Kamrup campus. The objective of the meet was mainly to share their views and opinions and to bring out solutions to the problems faced by them. Another significant event of the meets were exhibiting their products for promotion and sale to the general public to get a good response.