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Consultative Meeting with ATARI Directors on Dissemination of ICAR-IIHR Technologies

Consultative Meeting with ATARI Directors on Dissemination of ICAR-IIHR Technologies

ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research Organized a "Consultative Meeting with ATARI Directors on Dissemination of ICAR-IIHR Technologies" on July 7, 2017. This is an unique programme initiated by ICAR-IIHR with the purpose of augmenting dissemination of ICAR-IIHR technologies through Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVK) of eleven Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute (ATARI) Zones of the country. The ATARIs are actively engaged in the transfer of technology to the stakeholders, mainly the farmers.

Hon'ble Deputy Director General (Agricultural Extension), Dr AK Singh,  and Directors of ATARIs representing ten zones of the country participated as delegates. Dr AK Singh in his introductory remarks appreciated the efforts of ICAR-IIHR to develop many farmer-friendly technologies. He added that the Division of Extension, ICAR is keen to collaborate with ICAR-IIHR for technology dissemination of horticultural technologies, so that ultimately, the farmers will be benefitted. Dr MR Dinesh in his introductory remarks mentioned that ICAR-IIHR is very keen to partner with eleven ATARI Zones of the country, so that the benefits of horticultural technologies that are viable and having potential to double the income of farmers, will reach the horticulturists through KVKs.

All the Heads of the Divisions, Horticultural Experimental stations and Programme Coordinators of KVKs of ICAR-IIHR presented the technologies that can be disseminated through ATARI zones. During the deliberations, the DDG (AE) and ATARI Directors expressed their interests towards technologies that are suitable for their respective zones and areas of interests for collaboration such as technology assessment, technology demonstration, capacity building and seed production programmes. Potential areas for further collaboration were arrived-at based on the interests of the ATARI Directors and modalities for way forward were worked out. It was decided that the programmes of ICAR such as ARYA, Farmers First, Farmers Producers Organizations (FPOs) etc., may be utilized for application of ICAR-IIHR technologies by the KVKs, so that the income of horticulturists can be doubled. Nodal Scientists from the Division of Social Sciences and Training were identified for follow-up action towards  technology dissemination of ICAR-IIHR technologies identified by the ATARIs.