09 Mar , Gangtok (PIB) : ICAR-Krishi Vigyan Kendra, East Sikkim, Ranipool organized Scientific Advisory Committee Meeting 2017-18 on March 9, 2018 at Conference Hall of ICAR-NOFRI, Tadong. The meeting was chaired by the Joint Director, ICAR-NOFRI, Tadong. More than 21 numbers of statutory SAC members from different Departments of Govt. of Sikkim viz., Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries, CAE & PHT, DDK, Gangtok, SMS of KVK, West Sikkim and Scientists from ICAR-NOFRI attended the meeting.
The Chairman, Dr. R.K. Avasthe, Joint Director, ICAR-NOFRI welcomed all the members of SAC from different line departments. In his welcome address he stressed upon reducing the gap between the research organization developing new technology and its implementation in the farmers’ field. He urged the scientific community to disseminate the successful climate resilient technology at farmers’ field and adoption of early maturing variety of rice so that zero tillage technology of vegetable pea in rice-fallow can be adopted fruitfully. Organic seed production should be encouraged which will empower the farming community since there is hugedemand of organic seeds in the state. Improving soil health needs to be strengthened that will affect the chemical and physical properties of the soil and its overall health. Therefore, proper information needs to be added in the soil health card such as level of micronutrients in the soil and appropriate recommendations should be detailed, he added. Emphasizing the importance of the livestock sector for livelihood security of farmers as well as sustainable organic agriculture in Sikkim, he also suggested improving livestock sector that plays an important role in strengthening the overall rural economy of Sikkim. Further, he applauded the role of ICAR KVK-East Sikkim for outstanding contributions within limited resources, better cooperation and collaborative programs for the betterment of the farming community of Sikkim.
Dr. Raghavendra Singh, Member Secretary, SAC and Senior Scientist and Head (I/c), Krishi Vigyan Kendra-East Sikkim presented the Action Taken Report of the previous SAC meeting held in 2016. The Progress Report of 2017-18 and Action Plan for 2018-19 were presented individually by respected Subject Matter Specialists of KVK, East Sikkim.
Mrs. Sherab L. Dorjee, Director (Agriculture), FSADD, Govt. of Sikkim suggested for more quality seed production programme in participatory mode. She also explained about their funding pattern for implementation of different agricultural activities in farmers’ field. She also detailed the benefits of Kisan Credit Card.
Dr. D.S. Tiwari, Additional Director, Animal Husbandry, Livestock Fisheries & Veterinary Science, Govt. of Sikkim assured for more number of collaborative activities particularly in animal and livestock production with the KVK, East Sikkim.
Dr. N. S. Chauhan, Professor, CAEPHT, Ranipool suggested to collaborate the implementation of improved agriculture machinery by reducing drudgery and enhance income.
All the members gave constructive suggestions for the development and livelihood security of the farming community in the state. Progressive farmer members from different villages of East Sikkim appreciated the efforts of ICAR and KVK, East Sikkim for their enduring efforts towards the farming community of the state.
The Chairman appreciated the work done by the KVK, East Sikkim and called for more close linkages with the line departments to reach the farmers doorstep. In his closing remarks, he strongly advocated development of community tanks and water harvesting structure for life saving irrigation during winter to meet the requirement of vegetable production in the state.
The meeting ended by offering vote of thanks by Dr. P.K. Pathak, SMS (Animal Science) (PIB)