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Graduation Day of Diploma in Agricultural Extension Services for Input Dealers (DAESI) conducted at ICAR-KVK, Gonikoppal, Kodagu

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The  Graduation Day of Diploma in Agricultural Extension Services for Input Dealers (DAESI) was conducted at ICAR Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Gonikoppal, Kodagu  on 4th August 2018.  Dr. M.R. Dinesh, Director, ICAR-IIHR, Bengaluru, was the Chief Guest during the function and distributed the Diploma certificates. The final Diploma  certificates were issued from the National Institute for Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE), Hyderabad.  Dr. Shivakumar, Joint Director of Agriculture, Kodagu district, Dr. Pennabaliswamy, State Nodal officer, DAESI-SAMETI, UAS, Bengaluru and   Dr. C.K. Narayana, Principal Scientist and Chairman, RPMEC, IIHR were the Guest of Honor present during the function. 

At the start of the programme,  Dr. Saju George, Senior Scientist & Head welcomed all the delegates and participants to the function. Dr. Pennaboliswamy, State Nodal Officer, SAMETI, Bengaluru in his introductory remarks opined that, this type of programme bridges the gap between farmers and scientists by bringing more extension agents in to the Governments fold. These  input dealers can now  act as krishi information centres than merely functioning as  agriculture input shops in the rural areas. Dr. C.K. Narayana, Head, RPME, IIHR, Bengaluru congratulated all the candidates and mentioned that, the responsibility of  DAESI trained candidates has increased with this graduation  and they should function as positive change agents in the system.    Dr. Shivakumar, Joint Director of Agriculture, congratulated all the candidates and briefed on the thrust areas of the Government and how the DAESI candidates can handhold some of the programmes of the Government to the farmers because of their local reach.  

Dr. M R Dinesh, Director, Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bengaluru congratulated all the candidates on successfully completing  the programme. In his Chief Guest address emphasised on the importance of technology and the  transformation it can bring about in  income level of farmers. He told that  the DAESI candidates can take a step ahead and become entrepreneurs by taking licences of technology available with different research institutes, thus benefiting the farming community.

Following candidates were facilitated for their performance: Smt. Krupa M.E, TATA Coffee Ltd, Madikeri,(1st Rank), Mr. Pemmaiah, M. P, TATA Coffee Ltd, Virajpet (2nd Rank), Mr. Swadeep Subbiah, TATA Coffee Ltd, Pollibetta (3rd  Rank) and Mr. Ranganath, Darshan Agro Centre, Kodlipet (4th Rank). The one year Diploma Course programme was coordinated by Mr. Prabhakar, SMS (Horticulture), as Coordinator and Mr. Somanna Chittiappa, as Facilitator.