KVK Leh receives Best KVK Award

LEH: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Leh, Ladakh working under Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir has been awarded the best KVK award in the zonal conference of KVKs organized by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).
Giving details, Dr D Namgyal, Prof and Head KVK-Leh said that the KVKs are district level bodies that provide a platform for interface between farmers, researchers and extension functionaries to address the problems of agriculture and allied sectors. All the KVKs are under different Agricultural Technology Application Research Institutes (ATARI) previously called as Zonal Project Directorates (ZPDs). ATARI Zone 1 at Ludhiana has 69 KVKs including 21 of Jammu and Kashmir, 13 each of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand and 22 of Punjab.
In the recently organized, zonal conference of KVKs for zone 1 comprising of states and union territories of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, KVK-Leh got the best KVK award from amongst the KVKs of Ladakh region. This award was given to KVK-Leh for its contribution to the farming community in this cold arid region of Ladakh.
Dr Parveen Kumar, SMS (Agriculture Extension) further said that KVK-Leh has been providing various technological interventions to the farming community which has helped them to augment their income. The low cost production technologies like the trench cultivation, protected green houses, mulching with black polythene film, harvesting nets, pheromone traps have proved to be a boon for the farming community. Due to mulching and low cost tunnels for vegetable cultivation, the production of different vegetables n the farmers’ fields have gone up.
Besides these the KVK Leh is also involved in organizing farmers in groups, providing various training programmes to the farmers as well as the extension functionaries of agriculture as well as line departments. It also conducts regular exposure visits, field visits, Kisan Gosthi’s, farmer fairs, awareness programmes, distribution of relevant literature, regular campaigns, celebrating important days and many other programmes for the upliftment of farming community.