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World Food Day – 2017

University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, Karnataka Science & Technology Academy, Bengaluru, GoK & ICAR-KVK, Dharwad jointly organized World Food Day 2017. The programme was inaugurated by Dr. Mallanna Nagaral, Jagjivan Ram Abhinav Kisan Awardee Farmer addressed the farmers on various issues like soil and water conservation, rain water harvesting and conservation and propagation of traditional varieties and integrated farming system. Dr. D. P. Biradar, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, UAS, Dharwad presided over the function. Shri. V. K. Shrinivas, Scientific Officer, KSTA, Bengaluru & Shri Ishwarchandra Hosamani, Member, Board of Management, UAS, Dharwad were the Chief Guests of the function. Dr. B. H. Nagur, Associate Professor (Economics), Karnataka University, Dharwad as a resource person delivered a lecture on Change the Future of Migration: Invest in Food Security & Rural Development. Dr. H. Basappa, Director of Extension, UAS, Dharwad, Dr. S. T. Naik, Dean(PGS), UAS, Dharwad, Dr. S. K. Gali, Dean (SW), U AS, Dharwad & Dr. Shubha S., Senior Scientist and Head, KVK, Dharwad were present on the occasion. The dignitaries distributed the prizes to the students who participated in the essay, quiz & poster making competition on the theme of agriculture and food security. A cooking competition on healthy and indegeous food was arranged on the occasion for farm women and certificates were distributed to the prize winning rural women.

Mahila Kisan Diwas – 2017

ICAR-KVK, Dharwad organized training on “Nutrition and Enterprises” on the eve of “Mahila Kisan Divas” celebration at KVK, Dharwad on 15.10.2017 under the theme nutrition and income generation. Dr. Shubha S. Senior Scientist and Head, KVK, Dharwad delivered an introductory speech on the importance of celebrating Mahila Kisan Diwas and called the women farmers to take up subsidiary occupations like dairy, small scale food enterprises, vegetable cultivation etc., to have a sustainable livelihood. On the occasion Dr. Vinutha U. Muktamath, Scientist (Home Science), KVK, Dharwad trained the women SHG members of Guddada Hulikatti village of Kalghatagi taluka to prepare composite millet nutri mix, packaging, labeling and market linkage to start as a agricultural enterprise. A cooking competition for rural women on the theme low cost health and nutritious foods was organized and 18 farm women from different villages participated in the competition. An exhibition cum sale of SHG products like millet based snacks, p rocessed millets, nutri mix and bamboo products was arranged. More than 200 people from University and outside visited the exhibition and purchased the products. Dr. D. P. Biradar, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, UAS, Dharwad, Dr. H. Basappa, Director of Extension, UAS, Dharwad and Dr. L. Manjunath, Associate Director of Extension, UAS, Dharwad visited the exhibition cum sale and appreciated the women entrepreneurs. Three women farmers were honoured for their excellent achievements in agriculture and subsidiary occupations like poultry, dairy, vegetable cultivation and marketing, millet processing and value addition namely Smt Sunita Vinod Mandekar, Devara Gudihal village, Hubballi Taluka, Smt. Gangavva Avaradi, Gamanagatti village, Hubballi Taluka and Smt. Manjula Prakash Sangolli, Garag village, Dharwad Taluka by Dr. Shubha S. Senior Scientist and Head and other Scientists of KVK. These women shared their experiences with farm women present on the occasion. About 53 farm women from different villages of the district participated in the event.

Vocational training programme

ICAR-KVK, Dharwad organized four days vocational training on “Integrated Animal Husbandry activities for Profitable Dairy Farming” on 12.09.2017 to 15.09.2017. During the training programme various important topics were discussed about animal husbandry activities to be followed in dairy farming for doubling the farmer’s income. Dairy breeds, breed development, management of pregnant, milking animals, calf, heifer and bulls, identification of heat and artificial insemination in dairy animals, reproduction and management of repeat breeder, clean milk production, dry fodder enrichment, waste management, myths and truths in rearing of dairy animals were discussed. Low cost technologies to increase milk yield, use of azolla and hydroponic fodder as cattle feed, various diseases, management of mastitis, first aid and vaccine schedule in dairy animals were the various topics delivered by various resource persons. Information on bank loans, animal insurance and facilities by lead bank, schemes available in NABARD and departmental schemes related for dairy farming were given by various departmental officers. Demonstrations were conducted on preparation of concentrated animal feed by using locally available material, criteria for selection of animals, silage preparation, vermicompost and biogas production. Farmers were exposed to feed mill and biogas unit. As part of training all the trainers were visited Hi-tech dairy unit maintained by entrepreneurs and improved dairy units maintained by small farmer. Visit was arranged to Karnataka Milk Federation unit (KMF) at Dharwad, for exposure of farmers about storage, cooling, pasteurization and packaging of milk. About 53 farmers and farm women were trained in this training programme.

Field Day on Little Millet (var. DHLM-36-3)

ICAR-KVK, Dharwad organized a field day on “Little millet (var. DHLM-36-3)” crop in the field of Sidramagouda Mallikarjunagouda Patil of Guddadahulikatti village of Kalaghatagi taluka on 06.09.2017. Smt. Vinutha U. Muktamath, Scientist (Home Science) welcomed the guests and farmers. In her introductory speech, she said that including millets in their daily diet keeps them away from diseases like diabetes and cancer. Shri M. V. Patil, Progressive Farmer said that millets have high nutraceutical value and also the cost of production is very low compared to other crops. Shri Dawalsab Nadaf, Member, Gram Panchayat, Guddadahulikatti called the farmers to grow millets in larger area and get the profit. KVK Scientists participated as resource persons and about 40 farmers and farm women participated in the event.

New India Movement – Sankalp Se Siddhi programme

KVK, Dharwad organized “New India Movement – Sankalp Se Siddhi - Determination to Attainment” (2017-2022), Seven-point strategy to double farmers’ income by 2022 programme on 31.08.2017 at Harobelavadi village, Dharwad taluk. Dr.V.I.Benagi, Director of Extension, UAS, Dharwad welcomed all the dignitaries, invitees and farmers. Shri Prahlad Joshi, Hon’ble Member of Parliament inaugurated the programme and in his inaugural speech, said that “Sankalp Se Siddhi programme is one special unique request by Hon’ble Prime Minister. Quit India Movement of 1942 is a landmark in Indian history which brought independence to the country. Today, we are celebrating 75th Anniversary of the movement. Similarly, the year 2022 earmarks 75th Anniversary of Independence, hence, Prime Minister has a vision to double the income of farmers by the year 2022. He said, the farmers income can only be doubled if we provide three important facilities like, water, electricity and proper market facility. He stressed on soil testing and issue of Soil Health Cards, efficient use water and solar energy. Dr. D. P. Biradar, Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, UAS, Dharwad presided the function and he made the farmers and other invitees to pledge seven point strategies. In his presidential remarks, he said Hon’ble Prime Minister has launched many potential schemes for the benefit of farmers and called the farmers to utilize it in a better way. Dr. K. Shreedhar, Principal Scientist, IGFRI, Dharwad delivered the experts’ speech on Sankalp Se Siddhi event. The video message of Hon’ble Prime Minister and an inspirational film was displayed to the farmers. Shri Ishwarchandra Hosamani, Hon’ble Member, Board of Management, UAS, Dharwad, Smt.Seema Masuti, Ex-MLA, Shri T. Rudreshappa, Joint Director of Agriculture, Dharwad, Shri Basavaraj Kundagol, President, District Krishik Samaj, Shri Amrit Desai, Shri Davanappa Astagi, Progressive farmers and other members of Gram Panchayat and Taluk Panchayat graced on the occasion. More than 300 farmers / farm wo men participated in the programme.

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