National Productivity Day and National Productivity Week Celebrated at ICAR-VPKAS, Almora
National Productivity Day on February 12 and National Productivity Week from February 12 to 18, 2017 were observed at ICAR-VPKAS, Almora. To celebrate the productivity week, various programmes were organized at the institute and its farm. A special talk by Dr. Lakshmi Kant, Head, Crop Improvement Division on productivity improvement was broadcasted through All India Radio, Almora on February 12. Productivity Improvement Committee of the Institute suggested the steps for enhancing the productivity in the unit. The main point flagged by the Committee was organizing motivational lectures/ talks at divisional as well as Institute level on enhancing the work efficiency. It was also suggested that yearly awards should be given to outstanding staff to encourage them for enhancing their working productivity. An exposure visit and special training programme on waste to profit through reduce, recycle and reuse was also conducted at the Experimental Farm, Hawalbagh on February 17, 2017, in which 42 students of class XI of Central School, Almora participated. Students were also exposed to the Institute Museum depicting institute's improved technologies. Domestic Waste Recycling Mechanism and Biomass Recycling for Profitable Use were demonstrated to the students through training and lectures.
Farmers from the different clusters for their individual/ team efforts in the field of hill agriculture were selected for productivity innovation awards. Mr. Kheemanand Pandey from Bhagartola, Jageshwar; Mr. Bhim Singh from Tunakot, Tarikhet; Mr. Gopal Bisht from Aina, Dwarahat and Mr. Trilok Singh Chauhan, Dal, Hawalbagh, Almora were selected for award on the basis of productivity level achieved in major income generating activities during the last two years, effort for technology transfer to fellow farmers, efforts to mobilize farmers/ farmers' collectives and publicity of his/her contribution/ success story. During this week slogan competition was also organized amongst the staff of the Institute. The selected slogans were "Kushal Karmik ka Aachar, Achchhi (Rastriya) Utpadakta ka Aadhar", "Karykushalata khud ki jagaye, Rastriya Utpadakta Badhaye" and "Kam Pasina Kushal Karya, Utpadakta ka Aadhar".
As on 15th and 16th February most of the staff were supposed to be on election duty, programmes for these days were pre-poned to 3rd and 4th February. Shri Sujit Mitra, Director (P), ICAR interacted separately with different group of staff and discussed with them about their problems, how to solve them and how to work with a proper plan to achieve desired goal.
KV, Almora students at Museum
Lecture on productivity enhancement
Field training on Waste Recycling Mechanism and Biomass Recycling for Profitable Use
Nation Youth Day was celebrated in KVK Uttarkashi on 12th January, 2017 on the occasion of Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. During the programme various activities like Awareness on Digital India Campaign and promotion of cashless economy, group discussions, special career counseling sessions for students, seedlings distribution, etc. were organized..
Career counseling cum group discussion session was conducted with the students of Vidhya Madir students. The programme was started at 11:00 AM with welcoming the students. Dr. Pankaj Nautiyal, in-charge and Horticulture Expert introduced and informed the students about the importance of celebration of National Youth Day and the vision of Swami Vivekananda. He briefed the students about the different activities of KVK. Dr. Pankaj Nautiyal guided students for their future career and also created awareness on digital India campaign and promotion of cashless economy through use of various mobile apps and websites. Dr. Gaurav Papnai, SMS Agriculture Extension generated a group discussion on leadership building and ways to become a good leader in every sector. He also motivated students to learn better communication and language skills. Miss Manisha, SMS Home Science , discussed with the students on good food habits and healthy life style. Students were also provided onion seedlings. Total 108 students of class 12th standard participated in the event.
Jai Kisan Jai Vigyan Week
ICAR-Vivekananda Parvatiya Krishi Anusandhan Sansthan, Almora is celebrating “Jai Kisan Jai Vigyan” week from 23 to 29 December 2016 on the occasion of birth anniversary of former Prime Ministers Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Late Shri Chaudhary Charan Singh. It is being organized keeping in view their immense contribution for promoting use of science for the welfare of farmers.
Institute has organized farmer awareness programs at farmers’ fields with the aim of showcasing and demonstration of new agricultural technology. On 28th December 2016, two krishak Goshtis were organized in villages viz., Bhagartola and Papgad near Jageshwar area of Almora district. It was attended by more than 40 farmer of Vivekananda Krishak Utapadak Sangh, Jageshwar. On the occasion a discussion was held among scientist and farmers regarding better varieties of vegetables, insect and pest management and marketing of input for rabi season. Er, Shyam Nath demonstrated an environment friendly and energy saving Vivek Chulha at farmer’s field. Fuel used in this Chulha is made of pine needles.
World Soil Day Celebration on 5th December 2016 at ICAR-VPKAS
In the light of the initiatives of Hon’ble Prime Minister in Soil Health Management as a part of Natural Resource Management, one day farmer soil health awareness program along with implementing Soil Health Card Scheme (SHC) for the farmers was organised. The programme was conducted to create awareness among the farming community on the importance of soil in sustaining life support system.
In order to celebrate world soil day, ICAR-Vivekananda Parvatiya Krishi Anusandhan Sansthan, Almora has organized a series of events on 5th December 2016 in a befitting manner to create awareness among the farmers about the importance of healthy soil for healthy life. While addressing the farmers, Director, ICAR-VPKAS Dr. A. Pattnayak explained about rational and importance of implementation of soil health card. He emphasised the present need to refocus on the soil conservation with improved management practices in hill agriculture. Dr. J.K. Bisht, Head Crop production Division explained about the judicious use of fertilizer application along with manure in agriculture and encouraged the implication of soil health card scheme. Dr. Nirmal Chandra and Dr. K.K. Mishra, respective heads of Social science and Crop protection sections were also present and graced the function.
The event was attended by 92 farmers from Balta, Bintola, Bimola, Mehet Gaon cluster area along with the concern research scientists of the institute. To provide balanced nutrition to crops and soil sustainability, soil sampling procedures and improved vermicompost production technologies were demonstrated. A total 40 soil health cards were distributed to respective farmers during the programme. Apart from this, institute farm and museum visits were also organized for the farmers. The programme was organised and coordinated by Dr. V.S. Meena and M. Chaudhary.
Pre Rabi Sammelan and World Soil Day Organized at KVKs
Pre Rabi Sammelan and World Soil Day was organized at Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Chinyalisaur, Uttarkashi on 5th December, 2016. The Chairman, Nagar Panchayat Shri ShoorVir Singh Rangar was the chief guest More than 457 Farmers, students and 51 extension personnel and officials from different organizations participated in the programme. Farmers were briefed about various technologies developed by different organizations related to hill agriculture through live demonstrations. Dr. V K Sachan, Principal Scientist and Head introduced and informed the chief guest about the different activities of KVK and technologies developed by ICAR-VPKAS, Almora. Scientist- Farmers- Interaction meet with a team of scientists was organized. Mr. Tilak Mondal, Scientist discussed about importance of soil sampling and soil health cards.
Dr. R K Khulbe, Senior Scientist, discussed and emphasized on the importance and the scientific process of quality seed production by the farmers, organic farming, production of FYM and Vermi-compost. Mr. G S Chaudhary, District Development officer (NABARD), Uttarkashi informed the gatherings about the various schemes of NABARD for farmers. Shri Rakesh Kumar Teovatiya, District Horticulture Officer, Uttarkashi informed about various schemes of Horticulture department for farmers. In his speech, Dr. Laxmikant, Principal Scientist and Head Crop Improvement Division, VPKAS urged the farmers to come forward for soil testing of their fields. He expressed hope that with the support of Krishi Vigyan Kendra and other line departments the farmers will improve the soil condition of their fields which will result in increased yield and profit. On this occasion 100 Soil health cards were distributed to the farmers.
Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Kafligair, Bageshwar organized one day World Soil Day programme and Pre-Rabi Kisan Sammelan at KVK campus on 05.12.2016 in which 301 farmers from 21 villages of Bageshwar district participated. Member of Legislative Assembly Bageshwar Honorable Mr. Chandan Ram Das was the chief guest of the programme. He along with Zila Panchayat Member Shri Rabi Karayat inaugurated the programme and agriculture exhibition. In his speech he emphasized the importance of soil testing and soil health cards for farmers along with adopting scientific recommendation for improving the fertility of the soil. He also discussed about the menace of wild animals particularly monkey and wild pig which is becoming a great threat for hill agriculture. Mr Ravi Karayat Zila Panchayat member in his speech praised the works of Krishi Vigyan Kendra for providing new improved and suitable seed of different crop varieties along with timely technical guidance. Dr. S. C. Pandey, Principle Scientist, ICAR-VPKAS, Almora briefed the works and mandate of Vivekananda Parvatiya Krishi Anusandhan Sansthan Almora and role of KVK in the transfer of technology from research institute to the farmer’s field. He stressed on more use of farm yard manure and vermi-compost to reduce the problem of soil erosion in the hilly area.
Shri Dharmendra Pandey, DPM-ILSP Bageshwar appealed farmers to grow more traditional crops like Mandua, Madira, Bhatt etc which are nutritionally rich. During scientists-farmers interaction session Dr. R. Raghu Scientist (Plant Breeding) from ICAR-VPKAS discussed about the scientific cultivation of Rabi crop, Dr. Ganesh Chaudhari, Scientist (Vegetable Science) from ICAR-VPKAS discussed about the scientific cultivation of seasonal and off seasonal vegetables and Mr Kamal Pandey, SMS (Horticulture) informed the farmers about the scientific management of fruit crops in the hilly region. Mr. Lalit Karki (Project Manager) from PAAS/Brooks gave information about the ongoing schemes for Equine health and development in the district. Dr. N. K. Singh Incharge KVK elaborated the on-going different activities of KVK and distributed 300 Soil Health Cards to farmers from 18 villages. Total 301 farmers (21 villages) from all three blocks of district Bageshwar were participated in the programme.
ICAR – Vivekananda Parvatiya Krishi Anusandhan Sansthan, Almora Celebrated Agriculture Education Day
On the occasion of birth anniversary of Nation’s first President and first Union Agriculture Minister, Bharat Ratna Dr. Rajendar Prasad, 3rd December was observed as Agricultural Education Day at ICAR-VPKAS, Almora. With intent to promote the spirit of agriculture and allied subjects among the students and motivate them to take agriculture as a discipline in higher studies, the day was celebrated with > 130 students of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Almora and Government Inter College, Hawalbagh. On the occasion Dr. J K Bisht, Head, Crop Production Division welcomed and informed the students the significance of celebrating Agricultural Education Day. He briefed the role of the institute in enhancing agricultural productivity and in economic development of the hill farmers. Dr Lakshmi Kant, Head, Crop Improvement Division asked students to opt for agriculture as a discipline in higher studies and make career choices in this field. He highlighted about the educational values and principles of Dr. Rajendra Prasad and his contribution in the field of agricultural education. Dr. S. C. Pandey, Principal Scientist, gave a lecture on climate change, its overall effects and coping mechanisms. Dr Raghu B. R. delivered counseling to students on different educational opportunities, fellowship programmes, courses and job avenues in the field of agriculture. He made them aware that the students can become an Engineer, Scientist and successful entrepreneurs in the field of agriculture too. For practical demonstrations, visits of Field, laboratory and museum were organized to expose the students about technologies like Bee keeping, protected cultivation and agricultural tools and machineries. Film shows on agriculture as a career option and institute work were a visual delight to the students. Apart from this, various competitions like Essay writing, drawing competition and extempore on agriculture related topics were also organized. Students also presented some cultural activities. Prizes and certificates were distributed to the winners in their respective groups in the valedictory session. The programme was coordinated by Dr. Anuradha Bhartiya and Kushagra Joshi.
Three Days Farmer’s Training Programme on Improved Crop Production Techniques for Hilly Areas at ICAR-VPKAS, Almora
One Farmer’s Training Programme entitled “parwatiya shetro hetu unanat utapadan takanike” (Improved production techniques for Hill Areas) was organized at the Experimental Farm, Hawalbagh of ICAR-VPKAS, Almora during 17-19 November 2016. Twenty three farmers from different villages of Pithoragarh district alongwith 2 representatives from Uttarakhand Integrated Watershed Development project-2 (GRAMYA), Pithoragarh, participated in this training programme. During the inaugural session, Dr. A. Pattanayak, Director of the Institute appraised the participants about the role of ICAR-VPKAS in integrated development of hill agriculture.
During the training, various aspects of hill agriculture viz. improved varieties of hill crops, improved crop production technologies, disease and insect-pest management, seed production, small tools and farm machinery, mushroom production, poly-tank technology, honeybee rearing, seed production, fodder production, organic farming, conservation agriculture were covered. Exposure visits to Hawalbagh Experimental Farm, Workshop, Museum, were also conducted. Scientists-farmers interaction meet was also organized. The training was sponsored by GRAMYA, Pithoragarh.
Birth Aniversary of Mahatma Gandhiji celebrated as Swachhta Diwas at ICAR-VPKAS, Almora
ICAR-VPKAS, Almora celebrated the Birth Aniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on October 2, 2016 as Swachhta Diwas. Various cleanliness programs were organized at Almora and Hawalbag campuses of the institute. The program started with flag-hosting and paying homage to Mahatma Gandhiji through garlanding his photograph by Dr. J.K. Bisht, In-charge Director of the institute. Addressing the gathering on this occasion Dr. Bisht told about the contribution of great leaders Mahatma Gandhiji and Sri Lalbahdur Shastriji for the country. He also informed about the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan Scheme of the Prime Minister and emphasized that every employee owns responsibility to keep his surrounding clean and make the public aware about the importance of cleanliness.
Dr. Nirmal Chandra, the Nodal Officer of Swachhta Abhiyan for the institute informed the gathering about the instructions received from Government of India and ICAR for celebrating 2nd October as Swachhta Diwas. He also told about the activities done so far under the Swachhta Abhiyan Scheme in the institute and emphasized the need for embracing cleanliness as important part of everyday life.
After this all the scientists and all other employees of the institute started cleanliness drive starting from KMVN, Holiday Home to Akashvani residential premises, Himadri hotel and Almora Inter College. In this water channel along the road and both side of the road were made garbage free. Weeds and bushes near Akashvani residential premises and Biotechnology Lab of the institute were also removed.
Local MLA, Sri Manoj Tiwari participated during Swachhta Diwas at Almora Campus
Local MLA, Sri Manoj Tiwari while passing by, stopped the car and praised the work being done by the institute employees. A team of workers also did cleaning work in the surrounding area of Badreswar Water Spring under the supervision of Administrative Officer Sri H.L. Meana. This Water Spring has been adopted by the institute for its restoration.
Apart from this scientists and other employees participated in cleanliness programs organized at Hawalbag campus of the institute. In Hawalbagh garbage was collected from roads and residential premises and was disposed off.
Similar programs were also organized at institutes KVKs situated at Kafliger, Bageswar and Chiniyalisaur, Uttarkashi.
Dr. J.K. Bisht thanked all for actively taking part in the program.
Cleanliness Campaign at nearby areas of institute Organization of Swachhta Diwas at KVK, Bageshwar
Cleanliness Campaign by staff of KVK, Uttarkashi at NH Cleanliness Campaign at Water Spring adopted by the institute at Almora
Rabi KisanMela was organized on 24.09.2016
ICAR-Vivekananda Parvatiya Krishi Anusandhan Sansthan organized Rabi Kisan Mela at the Experimental Farm, Hawalbagh on 24September, 2016 with great enthusiasm. Sri Savin Bansal, District Magistrate, Almora, the chief guest of the function, appreciated the work done by the Institute for the upliftment of the Hill Agriculture He urged the scientists to develop technologies for reducing monkeys/wild bores minanec so that the migration of the young generations from hill would be stopped. Besides asking the farmers to opt the tools and equipments developed by the Institute, he also emphasized on adoption of Bioacoustic and bio-sensing techniques. Sri Prakash Joshi, Chairman, Nagarpalika, Almora said that there is urgent need to increase the production and production of the crops especially pulses.
Dr. Arunava Pattanayak, Director of the Institute, in his welcome addressappraised the farmers about the role of ICAR-VPKAS in integrated development of hill agriculture. He informed 11 new varieties of different crops have been identified this year and two varieties for Rabi namely VL Gehun 953 of wheat and VLB 94 of barley have been lunched on this occasion by the Chief Guest. The extension leaflets namely “Soybean evam bhat ka dudh evam paneer” and “Parvatiya kshetra me gahat ki unnat kheti” were also released. On the occasion two progressive farmers Sri Shyam Singh and Sri Bhim Singh were honoured. These farmers narrated about the success of VL seeds in their fields. They said that by adopting new seeds of VPKAS they are now self-sufficient and earning money by selling the crops too. Kishan Gosthi was also organised on this occasion, in which the problems of farmers were solved by exports.
Many ICAR institutes, Krishi Vigyan Kendras, Government and non-Government sectors also displayed their stalls in the Exhibition. Krishak Gosthi was also organised on this occasion. Farmers were exposed to newer technologies.
Research Advisory Committee meeting of ICAR-VPKAS, Almora
August 25-26, 2016- Research Advisory Committee meeting of ICAR-VPKAS, Almora was held under the chairmanship of Dr J.P Singh, Director (Res.) GBPUA&T, Pantnagar. Other RAC members, viz., Dr R.K Avasthe, Jt. Director, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Sikkim Centre Tadong, Gangtok; Dr Suresh Pandey, Former Pr. Scientist (Plant Pathology) ICRISAT, Hyderabad, Dr Vijay Prakash Pandey, Institute Management Committee (IMC); Dr A.Pattanayak, Director, ICAR-VPKAS, Almora; Dr J.K Bisht, Member Secretary and the scientists of the institute attended the meeting to monitor and finalize research priority areas in relation to the mandate of the institute.
Monitoring of ongoing activities in Jaunsar tribal area
During current kharif, FLDs of institute’s maize hybrids, pigeon pea, horse gram and finger millet varieties are being organized in Quanu and Dhanpau village clusters of the Jaunsar tribal area of district Dehradun in about 25 ha area under Tribal Sub-Plan of Indian Council of Agricultural Research. A visit was undertaken to Quanu and Dhanpau village clusters on 25th and 26th July, respectively, for monitoring of the FLDs. On this occasion, krishak gosthis on ‘Kharif Fasalon ki Unnat Utpadan Takniki’ were also held at these villages.
During the krishak gosthis, the farmers were imparted information on scientific methods of cultivation of important kharif crops. Agriculture-related problems faced by the farmers were also addressed. During the field visits, feedback of the farmers on the performance of institute’s varieties was also obtained. Director of the institute, Dr Arunava Pattanayak assured the farmers of all possible help from the institute in improving agricultural production and marketing in these areas. On the basis of inputs provided by the farmers, additional interventions for introduction in these areas were also identified. A total of 69 farmers and farm women participated in the programme.
Three Days Extension Worker’s Training Programme on IPM at ICAR-VPKAS, Almora
An Extension Worker’s Training Programme entitled “Kharif Phasalon mein Samekit Keet evam Rog Prabandhan” (Integrated Pest Management of Insects and Diseases of Kharif Crops) was organized at the Experimental Farm, Hawalbagh of ICAR-VPKAS, Almora during 20-22 July, 2016. Thirty extension workers from 12 NGOs of Uttarakhand alongwith 2 representatives from Himmotthan Society, Dehradun participated in this training programme. During the inaugural session, Dr. A. Pattanayak, Director of the Institute appraised the participants about the role of ICAR-VPKAS in integrated development of hill agriculture. He also interacted with the participants and gave some practical solutions to the problems faced by the participant extension workers and motivated them to initiate new profitable interventions for farmers. Dr. Nirmal Chandra, the Coordinator of the Training Cell, described the scope of this training programme in enhancing the capacity of the extension workers, which will enable them to act as knowledge broker in their area.
During the training, various aspects of IPM of kharif crops viz. integrated insect management of kharif cereals, pulses, vegetables and spices; integrated disease management of kharif cereals, pulses, vegetables and spices; kurmula (white grub) management, nematode management and safety measures in pesticide application were discussed and demonstrated. A special session on off-season vegetables production was also arranged for the participants. Exposure visits to Experimental Farm, Workshop and Museum were also the part of training. The feedback and data regarding knowledge level of the participants before and after the training programme were taken to evaluate the knowledge gain from the training. In the valedictory session, Dr. Nirmal Chandra shared with the participants his field experiences and motivated the participants to popularize integrated farming system models to make farming more profitable and sustainable. The training programme was sponsored by Himmotthan Society, Dehradun and coordinated by Dr. Manik Lal Roy and Dr.Venkatesan M.
88th Foundation Day of ICAR celebrated at ICAR VPKAS, Almora and its Experimental Farm at Hawalbagh
ICAR-VPKAS, Almora celebrated 88th Foundation day of ICAR on July 16, 2016 with great enthusiasm. On this occasion, a meeting was organized at Almora and Hawal Bagh experimental farm. Dr. A. Pattanayak, Director of the Institute in his welcome address congratulated all the staff for being a part of such a prestigious organization. He presented a brief account of journey of Indian agriculture from “ship to mouth” state to “self sufficiency” in food production and elaborated the role of ICAR in striving towards food and nutritional security of the nation. He informed the house that since 1950 to 2014, the food production has increased 5 times and vegetable production has increased by 10 times. Significant increase in the field of fisheries, milk production and poultry has also been witnessed. He also apprised the historical event of planting of clone of Peepal tree known as Vivekananda Jnana Vriksha at Kakrighat, Nainital on July 15, 2016 which is an example of confluence of science and religion. This was done with the support of ICAR VPKAS, CAFRI, GBPUAT, Pantnagar and local people of the area.
Day of Yoga organized at ICAR-VPKAS, Almora and its Experimental Farm at
“International Day of Yoga” was celebrated at the Almora and Hawalbagh premises of the institute in the morning of 21st June 2016. The program commenced at 0700 hrs sharp. At the start of the Yoga programme, Dr. Sher Singh, Sr. Scientist and Nodal Officer of the programme briefed the participants about the general guidelines of the Common Yoga Protocol (CYP). The Yoga programme began with the prayer followed by loosening exercises, Yogaasana, Kapaalbhaarati, Pranayama, Dhyana/Meditation and ended with Sankalpa followed by Shaanti Paatha. The Yoga programme was instructed by Dr. P.K. Mishra, Principal Scientist at Almora and by Dr. N.K. Hedau, Sr. Scientist at Experimental Farm, Hawalbagh. A large number of employees of the institute along with their family members participated in the programme. All participants agreed that they will continue the schedule of yoga and do their best in spreading the culture of youg especially among the youth and children.
Pakhwara programme at ICAR VPKAS
Swachhta Pakhawada was organized at ICAR-Vivekananda Parvatiya Krishi Anusandhan Sansthan, Almora from 16 to 31 May 2016. It started with the Swachhta Pledge by all the staff on 16.05.2016. Activities like competitions on cleanliness among different laboratories and departments/sections were carried out. Seventy two students of class XII from GIC, Hawalbagh were invited for an exposure visit to the Experimental Farm, Hawalbagh (ICAR-VPKAS). Students were taken to the Museum, laboratories, protected cultivation, waste composting units etc. A lecture “Cleanliness is the stepping stone to prosperity” was organised where the importance and significance of cleanliness to the society and country were also deliberated. As a part of the ongoing 'National Sanitation Fortnight', a mass cleanliness drive including removal of Parthenium was conducted at ICAR-VPKAS Almora campus and Line Estate premises at Hawalbag in which all staff participated actively. The programme proved to be very motivating and inspiring for the staff, residential colony dwellers as well as local people.
A seminar on “Swachhta Abhiyan” was organised on 01 June 2016 for all the employees of the institute. On the occasion, former Director of the institute, Dr J.C Bhatt graced the occasion as chief guest and Professor Diwa Bhatt was present as guest of honour. On his welcome address Dr Pattanayak informed that there is already a provision in the institute for disposal of bio degradable and non-biodegradable waste. He also urged that all scientists should follow good laboratory practices in the institute. Chief Guest of the occasion, Dr J.C Bhatt praised the efforts of the institute staff in keeping the institute neat and clean. He also informed the staff about the ill effects of microbes present in uncleaned labs, fields and books. Guest of honour, Dr Diwa Bhatt told that she is inspired by Gandhism and cleanliness has always been her priority. She urged that all should follow the principles of Gandhism on cleanliness and should contribute in keeping their surroundings neat and clean. On the occasion different laboratories and departments/sections were awarded for maintaining cleanliness.
Swachhta Pladge by all the staff of ICAR-VPKAS Mass cleanliness drive by staff at office premises
Exposure visit to museum by School children A seminar on "Swachhta Abhiyan" at ICAR-VPKAS
of Additional Secretary (DARE) & Secretary (ICAR) to ICAR-VPKAS, Almora
Shri Chhabilendra Roul, Additional Secretary (DARE) & Secretary (ICAR)
visited ICAR-VPKAS, Almora and Hawalbag Campus on May 31, 2016 and interacted
with scientists and other staff. A meeting with all staff members was held at
Almora auditorium where the director of the Institute expressed his gratitude to
Shri Roul for sparing time for the Institute. Shri Raul in his address said that
the institute has great historical background along with a lot of achievements
to its credit. To attract newly recruited ARS for working at this institute,
this should be highlighted through lectures at NAARM,
Training Programme under Tribal Sub-Plan
4-day training programme on ‘Kharif
Fasalon ki Unnet Utpadan Takneeki’ was organized at ICAR-VPKAS,
Experimental Farm, Hawalbagh from 24-27 May, 2016 for farmers of Jaunsar tribal
region of district Dehradun under Tribal Sub-Plan of ICAR. A total of 36 farmers
from Kalsi and Chakrata blocks participated in the programme.
the training programme, the farmers were imparted information on improved
varieties of hill crops, improved crop production technologies, disease and
insect-pest management, seed production, small tools and farm machinery,
mushroom production, and seed processing. The farmers were also sensitized on
‘Swachha Bharat Abhiyaan’. The trainees were also imparted information on
the ways to achieve higher work efficiency from low labour input. A live
demonstration of preparation of soymilk, tofu and soy-nuggets was also given,
which was much appreciated by the farmers. For demonstration of technologies
developed by the institute, an exposure visit of farmers to model village
Bhagartola was also organized.
On this occasion, Director of the Institute Dr. A. Pattanayak called on the participating farmers to benefit by learning the technologies developed by the institute and to also teach them to other farmers. He added that with collective adoption of the technologies, all the farmers will be able to progress together and drive the growth of the region forward. The training programme was coordinated by Dr RK Khulbe and Dr BM Pandey.
Interstate Farmer’s Training Programme entitled “Krishi Utpadakta
Badane hetu Himachal Pradesh ke Kisano ke liye Sat Divasiya Prashikshan
Karyakram” (Seven days training programme for farmers of Himanchal
Pradesh on increasing agricultural productivity ) was organized at the
Experimental Farm, Hawalbagh of ICAR-VPKAS, Almora during 16-22 May, 2016.
Twenty participants including 19 farmers and one Agriculture Officer from Kullu
district of Himachal Pradesh participated in this training programme. Farmers
were briefed about the role of ICAR-VPKAS in integrated development of hill
agriculture and scope of the training programme in livelihood improvement of
the training, various aspects of hill agriculture viz. crop management,
vegetable cultivation, poly-house technology, pest management, mushroom
production, nutrient management, group formation, ICT applications, poly-tank
technology, micro-irrigation system, honeybee rearing, seed production, drudgery
reducing technologies, fodder production, watershed management, water
conservation, organic farming,
improved crop varieties, conservation agriculture, small farming tools and
machineries were discussed and demonstrated. Exposure visits to Hawalbagh
Experimental Farm, Workshop, Museum, Institute adopted farmer’s fields in
Nainital and Institute adopted village at Bhagartola were also conducted. Farmers
were also given awareness about keeping “Swachhta”.
Maize is an important crop in the Jaunsar tribal area of district Dehradun of
Uttarakhand. During kharif 2015,
demonstrations of institute’s Vivek Maize Hybrid 45 were conducted in 8 ha in
this area under the Tribal Sub-Plan of Indian Council of Agricultural Research.
The successful conduct of these demonstrations and the resultant yield
increase of 46 per cent led to requests from the farmers for organizing
demonstrations of this hybrid over a larger area this year. Since making seed of
hybrid maize available to the farmers every year is a challenging task for the
institute, therefore, as part of its work plan to ensure availability of maize
hybrid seed to farmers locally every year, an initiative was undertaken to
establish a farmer participatory maize hybrid seed production system in the
Jaunsar tribal area. In the first phase of this work plan, hybrid seed
production demonstration of Vivek Maize Hybrid 45 was planted in 1 acre at
village Yamuna Khadar, Vikasnagar on 12 February 2016. On this occasion, a
On-Farm training on Sankar Makka
Beejotpadan was also organized for the progressive farmers of Jaunsar area.
In continuation of the same, a second On-Farm Training was organized on 30 April
2016 to impart farmers information on the activities required to be carried out
in maize hybrid seed production crop at flowering stage. The training programme
was attended by 47 farmers (including 13 women farmers) from Dhanpau, Khadin and
Quanu village clusters of block Kalsi and Chakrata of the Jaunsar tribal area.
the programme, Senior Scientist Dr RK Khulbe apprised the farmers of the
initiatives being taken by the institute in the direction of making the farmers
of Jaunsar area self-sufficient in maize hybrid seed production. Senior
Technical Officer Dr GS Bisht shared information on technical aspects of maize
hybrid seed production such as detasseling and maintenance of genetic purity
along with practical demonstration of the same. Technical Supporting Staff Mr
Pratap Singh and Mr Rajendra Kanwal also assisted in the programme.
Organized Kisan Mela and awareness programme on Pradhan Mantri Phasal Beema Yojna
A Kisan Mela and awareness programme on Pradhan
Mantri Phasal Beema Yojna was organized at ICAR-VPKAS Experimental Farm,
Hawalbagh on April 9, 2016. Honorable Member of Parliament, Almora- Pithoragarh
parliament constituency, Mr. Ajay Tamta graced the occasion as Chief Guest. Dr.
J C Bhatt, Ex-Director ICAR-VPKAS, Almora was the special guest
of the occasion. Dr. A. Pattanayak, Director of the Institute while
welcoming the Guests and farmers briefed about the achievements and technologies
developed by the institute. He also told about the training programmes and front
line demonstrations organized by the institute. He told that nine varieties of
various hill crops were identified/ released during last one year for hill
region and 31 villages adopted by the institute under Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav
Programme. He apprised the farmers about the benefits of Pradhan Mantri Phasal
The chief guest while appreciating the achievements made by the institute in
improving hill agriculture, emphasized on the importance of blending traditional
and improved agriculture technology for farmers. He also appealed to farmers to
take advantage of Pradhan Mantri Phasal Beema Yojna. On the occasion, Institute
publications “Krishi Darpan”, “Krishi Calender” and four leaflets namely
“Parvatiya Kshetron Mein Mandua ki Vaigyanik Kheti”, “Uttarakhand ke
parvatiya Kshetron mein Chaiti Dhaan ki Vaigyanik Kheti”, “Parvatiya
Kshetron Mein Chaare ke liye Bhimal Ugayain”, “Krishi Praudhugiki mein
Hastantaran mein Sahayak Kisan Club” were released by the chief guest.
than 30 exhibition-cum-sale stalls were put-up by various departments like ICAR
institutes, line departments, NGOs and farmers groups. Farmers-scientist
interaction meet was also organized in which farmers discussed about their
problems related to crops and appreciated the important information provided by
scientists. Chief Development Officer, Almora, Chief Agriculture Officer, Almora,
Dr S K Verma, Incharge, NBPGR, Bhowali, scientists and officers of different
institutes and departments were present on the occasion. More than 550 farmers
from different parts of Uttarakhand including tribal farmers participated in the
Rabi Sammelan cum Farmers’ Fair Organized At KVK, Uttarkashi
Rabi Sammelan cum Krishi
Mela was organized at Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Chinyalisaur, Uttarkashi on
5th April, 2016. Chief Agriculture Officer, Uttarkashi, Sri Mahidhar
Singh Tomar was the Chief Guest. The programme was participated by more than 300
Farmers, students and 50 extension personnel and officials from different
Chief Agriculture Officer, Uttarkashi, Sri Mahidhar Singh Tomar inaugurated the
exhibition and kisan mela. Dr. VK Sachan, Senior Scientist and Head welcomed all
the dignitaries & farmers’ fraternity and informed about the different
activities of KVK and technologies developed by ICAR-VPKAS, Almora. He also
briefed the gathering about the importance of Prime Ministers’ Fasal Beema
Yojna. A Krishak Goshthi
cum Scientist- Farmers- Interaction meet with a team of scientists from
ICAR-VPKAS and Officials of different line departments was organized. Miss
Tripti Payal, Administrative Officer, Agriculture Insurance Company of India,
Dehradun discussed about the details of Prime Ministers’ Fasal Beema Yojna and
other crop insurance schemes to the farmers in which farmers took keen interest.
Dr. S. C. Pandey, Principal Scientist discussed about ICAR-VPKAS, its activities
and the water harvesting technologies which can easily be implemented at
farmers’ field. Shri G S Chaudhary, DDM, NABARD, Uttarkashi explained about
the schemes of NABARD for farmers. He also discussed about KCC and procedures of
various crop loans. Dr Sandeep Kumar Tang, Senior Veterinary Officer informed
farmers about insurance schemes of animals and its benefits. Dr. Gaurav Papnai,
SMS, Agriculture Extension motivated farmers for market oriented agriculture and
planning of crops according to market. Miss Manisha, SMS, Home Science
emphasized on value addition of various millet crops and fruits &
vegetables. Special guest Shri Bharat Singh Rana, progressive farmer encouraged
farmers by expressing his efforts to become a progressive farmer cum
agri-preneur. Representatives from Reliance foundation and SBMA NGO also shared
their activities on agricultural upliftment.
Chief Guest Sri Mahidhar Singh Tomar, CAO, Uttarkashi, explained about various
schemes of agriculture department. He also emphasized on the importance and the
process of quality seed production by the farmers. Dr. Nirmal Chandra, Principal
Scientist, ICAR- VPKAS, Almora while delivering his presidential address
informed the gathering about the various technologies developed at ICAR- VPKAS
Almora for the hill farmers. He discussed about soil and water conservation
techniques useful for hill agriculture and fodder production practices. He
motivated farmers to participate in such events to get more benefits.
Seed Day Organized
Tribal Sub Plan, one day ‘Wheat Seed Day’ was organized in a tribal village
Jhankat (adopted tribal
A. Pattanayak, Director, ICAR-VPKAS, Almora inaugurated the event. Dr. Lakshmi
Kant, Principal Scientist and Wheat Breeder explained about the importance of
quality seed production and efforts being done towards developing Jhankat
village into seed village. Detailed information regarding Pradhan Mantri Fasal
Bima Yojna was provided by Mr. Vishal Sharma, District Development Manager,
Mr C.S Mehra Deputy Chief Seed Production Officer, Uttarakhand Seeds and Tarai
Development Corporation Ltd informed about the efforts that could be taken in
future towards linking farmers of Jhankat with Seed Production Programme of TDC.
On the occasion, Rana Kisan Club which has been formed with the efforts of Dr
Renu Jethi, Scientist was formally inaugurated. In his speech, Dr A. Pattanayak
appreciated efforts and interest of farmers in developing Jhankat village into
seed village. He also assured every possible help from institute to farmers. On
the occasion, ten farmers were given appreciation certificates for their better
execution in seed production demonstration. Seed of improved rice varieties were
also distributed to farmers for upcoming Kharif season. Mr Ram Naresh Rana, Gram
Pradhan of Jhankat village appreciated the work done by institute in the village
and assured support of farmers. This event was coordinated by Dr Rajesh Kumar
Khulbe, Senior Scientist of ICAR-VPKAS.
Mela Organized under AICRP on PHET
one-day ‘Technology and Machinery Demonstration Mela’ for showcasing of
salient achievements/technologies developed under All India Co-ordinated
Research Project on Post Harvest Engineering and Technologies (AICRP on PHET)
was organized at Experimental Farm, Hawalbagh on March 18, 2016. More than 250
farmers from different parts of Uttrakahnd participated in this event. Dr. J.K.
Bisht, Hon’ble Director (Acting), ICAR-Vivekananda Parvatiya Krishi Anusandhan,
Almora inaugurated the Kisan Mela and exhibition. He asked the farmers to adopt
new agricultural technologies for better development. The machinery and tools
including millet thresher, paddy thresher, VL seed drill, kutla, darati, hand
fork, etc. developed by the institute were displayed and demonstrated in the
exhibition of Kisan Mela. These all were liked by the farmers. Dr. Bisht said
that these machines and tools are very effective in reducing human drudgery. It
will not only save time, but will also improve the quality of the product. Use
of modern agricultural implements will provide direct benefits to the farmers.
Dr. K.P. Singh, Sr. Scientist, ICAR-Central Agriculture Engineering
Farm school of wheat seed production organized
Scientists of ICAR-VPKAS received awards in National Conference at Pantnagar
Dr. Manik Lal Roy, Scientist Social Science Section, received Best Poster Presentation Award in the National Conference on Hill Agriculture in Perspective (HAP-2016) at GBPUA&T, Pantnagar under the theme "Marketing and Trade" held during 26-28 February, 2016. Dr. Renu Jethi, Scientist, Social Science Section also received runner up award in the same conference.
Lecture delivered by Dr. J. S Samra at ICAR-VPKAS
Dr J.S Samra, Ex-CEO, National Rainfed Area Authority (NRAA) & Ex-DDG (NRM), ICAR delivered a talk on “Improvement of Rainfed Agriculture of Uttarakhand” on March 8, 2016 at ICAR-VPKAS. He emphasized on the multiple usages of water for different livelihood activities in hills. He further stated that emphasis should be given for the enhancement of the income of hill farmers along with enhancing productivity of the crops. He said that marketing opportunities can improve the profitability of the farmers and also addressed the issues related to climate change.
Days Farmer’s Training Organized at ICAR-VPKAS
A three days training program entitled
“Improved production techniques for hill regions” was organized for farmers
at ICAR-Vivekananda Parvatiya Krishi Anusandhan Sansthan from 22-24 February,
2016. Twenty five farmers including 19 women farmers from various villages of
Munsyari, Didihaat, Gangolihat, Thal and Berinag blocks of Pithoragarh district
participated in the training. Director of the institute Dr. A. Pattanayak in his
inaugural address, told the farmers about the role of ICAR-VPKAS in integrated
development of hill agriculture.
Various aspects of agriculture viz. crop management, organic farming, improved crop varieties, conservation agriculture, small farming tools and machineries were covered during the training. Visits to experimental farm, workshop and museum were also organized.
the end a session for interaction between scientists and farmers was also
organized in order to suggest solutions to farmers’ queries and problems. Dr.
Nirmal Chandra, Coordinator of the Institute Training Cell emphasized on the
need to adopt improved farm practices for increasing farm income. Training
program was sponsored by Uttarakhand
Watershed Development Project-2 (GRAMYA-2), Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand.
days HRD Training programme
Statistical and Data Analysis Techniques in Advance Agricultural Research
A 21 days Institute HRD Training programme on “Relevant Statistical and Data Analysis Techniques in Advance Agricultural Research” was organized from 1st February to 21st February 2016 at Conference hall, Hawalbagh experimental farm, ICAR-VPKAS, Almora. The aim of the training programme was to update the analytical skills of the researchers and to provide them with an opportunity to study and engross the basic statistical techniques which includes descriptive statistics and exploratory data analysis, testing of hypothesis, fundamentals of designs of experiment, multivariate techniques etc. with the use of computer software programmes viz. MS-EXCEL, SAS, SPSS, R etc. The training programme was coordinated by Drs. Salej Sood, Anirban Mukherjee, Anuradha Bhartiya, M. L. Roy, Dibakar Mahanta, Rakesh Bhowmick, Chandrashekara C., and N. K. Hedau as course directors under the guidance of honourable Director, Dr. A. Pattanayak of the Institute. Thirteen scientists of the Institute participated in the training programme.
Hybrid maize seed production training at Imphal
An On-Farm Demonstration on ‘F1
Hybrid Maize Seed Production’ was organized at village Sangaithel and KVK
Thoubal (Khangabok) in district Imphal West and Thoubal, respectively, of
Manipur on 16 February, 2016 jointly with ICAR RC NEH, Imphal under AICRP NSP
(Crops). At both sites, approx. 500 sqm area was planted with seed production
demonstration of Vivek Maize Hybrid 45. A Trainer’ Training was also organized
at KVK Thoubal for the scientific and technical personnel of the Centre. In the
training programme, detailed information on maize hybrid seed production
technology was shared. The programme was chiefly aimed at training the farmers
of this region and the scientists and technical personnel of Imphal Centre and
the affiliated KVKs in maize hybrid seed production with a view of undertaking
large scale farmer participatory seed production programmes in future to meet
the growing demand for hybrid maize in the NE Region. The programme was
coordinated by Dr IM Singh, Principal Scientist & PI AICRP NSP (Crops),
Imphal Centre and Dr Rajesh Khulbe, Senior Scientist and Maize breeder from
ICAR-VPKAS, Almora gave the training.
An On-Farm Training-cum-Live Demonstration on ‘Maize Hybrid Seed Production Technology’
An On-Farm Training-cum-Live Demonstration on ‘Maize Hybrid Seed Production Technology’ was organized at village Yamuna Khadar in block Vikasnagar of district Dehradun on 12 February, 2016 under the Tribal Sub-Plan of Indian Council of Agricultural Research. The training programme was attended by 85 farmers (including 18 women farmers) from Dhanpau and Khadin clusters of block Kalsi and Quanu cluster of block Chakrata of the Jaunsar tribal area. In the training programme, the farmers were imparted information on the technical aspects of maize hybrid seed production such as method of planting, ratio of male and female plants, detasseling and general crop management, and was accompanied by a live demonstration on the field. The programme was part of the Institute’s workplan to ensure availability of hybrid seed of institute’s maize varieties in the Jaunsar tribal area locally with farmers’ participation.
In the programme, Dr BM Pandey apprised the farmers of the initiatives being taken by the institute in the direction of making the farmers of Jaunsar area self-sustainable in maize hybrid seed production. Dr RK Khulbe and Mr MC Pant shared information on the technical aspects of maize hybrid seed production and conducted live demonstration of the same. Technical Supporting Staff Mr Pratap Singh and Mr Ramesh Pandey also assisted in the programme.
Days Training Programme on “Rabi Fasalon ka Beejotpadan”
Under ICAR Seed Project, a five days training programme on “Rabi Fasalon ka Beejotpadan” was organized at ICAR-VPKAS from 01-05, February 2016 for the tribal farmers of Jhankat village in Sitarganj block in district Udham Singh Nagar. A total of 35 farmers including 22 women farmers participated in the programme. In the training programme, the farmers were imparted information on quality seed production methodology of wheat, lentil, mustard and vegetable crops; improved agronomic practices for seed production; crop protection measures; seed processing; small tools and farm machinery; and mushroom production. In order to give farmers practical exposure, visits of farmers to seed production plots and seed processing unit were also conducted. An exposure visit of the farmers to institute adopted village Bhagartola was also organized. In his inaugural address, Director of the institute Dr. A. Pattanayak emphasized on the importance of quality seed production for increasing production and productivity of crops and enhancing farmers’ income. An interaction between the scientists and the farmers was also organized to discuss feedback of the farmers about the training programme and the agriculture-related problems in their village. The participants were distributed certificates and a training manual on “Rabi Fasalon ka Beejotpadan” on completion of the training programme. Acting Director, Dr. J.K. Bisht praised the efforts of the farmers and the scientists for taking up seed production programme under the project in Jhankat village.
Renu Jethi and Dr. R.K. Khulbe coordinated the training programme. Dr. Lakshmi
Kant, Dr. Nirmal Chandra, Dr. B.M. Pandey, Dr. K.K. Mishra, Dr. Sher Singh, Dr.
R.K. Khulbe, Dr. J. Stanley, Dr. Anuradha Bhartiya, Dr. M.L Roy, Dr. Renu Jethi,
Mr. Ganesh Vasudev, Mr. P.S Mehra and Mr. Shiv Singh participated as experts in
Salej Sood got the best got best oral presentation award
Dr. Salej Sood, Scientist, Plant Breeding, Crop Improvement Division got best
oral presentation award in a National Seminar on “Sustainable Hill Agriculture
in Changing Climate” organized by Indian Association of Hill Farming (IAHF)
and ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region at Pragna Bhavan, Agartala, Tripura
from December 5-7, 2015. He presented a paper on “Evaluation of finger millet
fixed lines for stability using parametric and non-parametric methods” in the
technical session Farming System Approach for Natural Resource Conservation and
Food Security (Theme-Crop Improvement and germplasm management).
and Notification of Vivek Matar 12 and
VL Shimla Mirch 3 Developed by
Vivek Matar 12 (Gazette Notification No: S.O.
2277 (E) August
‘Vivek Matar 12’ (VP 434) is a new Sabji Matar variety is released and notified for Zone I (J&K, HP and UK) and Zone IV (UP & Jharkhand). It is developed by hybridization (Azad Pea 1 / JP 83) / Azad Pea 1 and followed by the pedigree method. It has shown 99.96 q/ha mean green pod yield with a superiority of 14.32% and 20.36% over Arka Ajeet and IP3, respectively under AICRP vegetable crop trials. It takes 130-136 days for first green pod harvest in mid hill conditions (November sown crop). Average green pod yield is 120-125 q/ha. Besides high yield potential, this variety has moderate resistance to powdery mildew and it possesses long pod length with 7-10 seeds/pod and high shelling percent (48). The release of this variety will help the farmers to increase the garden pea productivity by widening the genetic base of cultivars in the powdery mildew prone regions of Zone I & IV.
Pods of Vivek Matar 12 (VP 434)
VL Shimla Mirch 3 (Gazette Notification No: S.O.
2277 (E) August
Shimla Mirch 3’
(VLCP 2) is a selection from introduced AVRDC line ISPN 2 # 2
(IC584767) which is released and notified for Uttarakhand.
variety is first of its kind, which is suitable for off-season cultivation, especially
during rainy & windy weather in hills.
are straight, vigorous having bright dark green, medium, bell-shaped fruits,
which turn red on ripening. Average green
fruit yield is 250-320 q/ha under mid hills of Uttarakhand and suitable for
cultivation in both organic and inorganic conditions as well. Thus,
this new variety will certainly help in boosting the capsicum production in
Fruits of VL Shimla Mirch 3
67th Republic Day Celebration
26th Jan 2016, ICAR-VPKAS and its two KVKs (Bageshwar and Uttarakashi) celebrated 67th Republic day with great enthusiasm and in peaceful atmosphere. On this occasion, Dr. A. Pattanayak, Director of the institute hosted the National flag and addressed the staff. He emphasized on the role of agriculture scientists in food security of the country. ICAR-VPKAS also took part in exhibition organized by the State department and tableau of the institute bagged first prize. The programme was ended with distribution of sweets.
Kafligair Bageshwar, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan programme was also organized on the
An exhibition stall was displayed at Numaish Khet of Bageshwar district on the auspicious occasion of historical Uttarayani Mela 2016 during January 14-20, 2016 by Krishi Vigyan Kendra (ICAR-VPKAS, Almora), Kafligair, Bageshwar. The exhibition stall of Mela was inaugurated by honorable chairman of Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly shri Govind Singh Kunjwal on January 14, 2016.
On this occasion Dr. Arunava Pattanayak, Director, ICAR-VPKAS welcomed the Chaiman and chief guest during the inaugural session of the mela. The Main attraction of stall was live demonstration of improved varieties of different crops, fodders, mushrooms developed by the institute specially for hilly region, improved machines (VL paddy thresher, Vivek Mandua-Madira thresher and seed cum ferti drill), farm tools and implements, seeds of different crops and vegetables, value added products such as Paneer/Tofu of different soybean varieties, Mandua biscuits, Mandua Namkeen and Precessed pulse of VL Arhar 1. Along with these books, technical bulletins, extension leaflets and posters were also displayed. The stall of KVK, ICAR-VPKAS, Kafligair, Bageshwar bagged 2nd prize in Agriculture Development Exhibition. During the period of 7 days, around 3,500 farmers visited this historical mela.
National Youth day celebration at ICAR-VPKAS 2016
The Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda was celebrated as National Youth Day at ICAR-Vivekananda Parvatiya Krishi Anusandhan Sansthan, Almora, Uttarakhand on 12th January, 2016. On this occasion, a group of youths from nearby areas participated. In the morning, a visit to the Institute museum was organized and the youths were briefed about the activities of the Institute and technologies developed by it. Thereafter, an interactive session was organized. Discussions were held on life and teaching of Swami Vivekananda for igniting youth mind which was followed by a lecture on a carrier guidance. Also, the queries of the students were answered. Dr. A. Pattanayak, Director of the Institute addressed the youths. The programme was ended with traditional MAHABHOG (Prasad).
ICAR-VPKAS celebrated Jai KISAN Jai VIGYAN week
Krishi Anusandhan Sansthan, Almora and its two Krishi Vigyan Kendras (one at
Uttarkashi and other at Bageshwar) organized 'Jai Kisan Jai Vigyan' week during
Dec. 23-29, 2015. Keeping in view
the immense contribution of farmers and scientist in national food security and
sustainability, on the birth anniversary of former Prime Ministers Atal Bihari
Vajpayee and Late Chaudhary Charan Singh, Government of India has started 'Jai
Kisan Jai Vigyan' week for promoting use of science for the welfare of
ICAR-VPKAS and its KVKs are immensely
contributing in hill farming and farmers community since its inception and
generously implementing different farmers’ welfare programme as per the
direction of Government of India. Like all other successful implementations viz.
Soil health card, Lab to land and Mera gaon mera gourav,
'Jai Kisan Jai Vigyan' week has also
The week has started with interaction with
30 farmers from Dehradun district of Uttarakhand on December 23 & 24, 2015.
The farmers were exposed to the improved production techniques of hill crops;
use of farm implements in drudgery reduction, off season vegetable cultivation
through poly house; water conservation techniques through LDPE tank; mushroom
cultivation techniques, rearing honey bees for better profit; and other
important technologies developed in Institute. During this meet interaction
between scientists and farmers were also held on improved technologies of
agriculture. Besides, a team
of scientists visited Bimola, Latwal gaon, Raun and Dal in block Hawalbagh and
had a meeting with the farmers and discussed about their problems and informed
them about the improved technologies of the institute related to agriculture
crop production. Another team of
scientists visited Kawali, Dhankholi, Aina, and Majholi, villages of Ranikhet on
Dec. 29, 2015 and held discussion regarding improved technologies.
Apart from this the
two KVKs of the institute also organized Jai
Kisan Jai Vigyan week
at nearby areas and appraised the farmers about improved technologies of the
institute. Essay and quiz competition were also organized between students of
various schools. In these competitions more than 35 students participated.
Farmers are being appraised about improved varieties of the institute
Gathering of farmers during 'Jai Kisan Jai Vigyan'
A sensitization programme on ‘Makka Sheller ke Samavesh se Krishak Kathin Shram ka Nyunikaran’ was organized Dhanpau cluster
Maize is the major crop in Kalsi block of Janusar tribal area of Uttarakhand and is grown on a large scale during Kharif season. Shelling (separation of grain from the cob) of maize is done manually mostly by farm women using traditional methods. The traditional methods being monotonous, tiring, tedious and repetitive, and require farm women to work in a single sitting or bending posture for long hours. These unnatural bodily postures lead to increased workload on the body, which gives rise to many musculo-skeletal ailments such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, backache, etc. These also adversely affect their work efficiency.
Therefore, in continuation of the successful conduct of FLDs of Vivek Maize Hybrid 45 during Kharif 2015 under the Tribal Sub-Plan, a programme ‘Makka Sheller ke Samavesh se Krishak Kathin Shram ka Nyunikaran’ was organized at the adopted village cluster Dhanpau on 18th December, 2015 to sensitize the farmers on the long-term health-related ailments potentially resulting from uncomfortable postures used in traditional shelling of maize and the importance of maize sheller in mitigating these. The programme was attended by over 50 farmers from Lakhwad, Dhanpau, Sawda, Jakhnau-Bhistau and Goi Chhanas villages of Dhanpau cluster.
During the programme, a practical demonstration of the maize sheller was also given and farmers were explained the method of operating it and the precautions required during its operation. The sheller, which works on a 0.5 HP motor on single phase and shells 100-125 kg grain per hour, is very economic to use besides being easy to operate and port. The maize sheller was handed over to Durga Mahila Swayam Sahayata Samooh, the farmwomen SHG of Dhanpau, for community use. The farmers especially the farmwomen termed this an expedient and a long-needed intervention and expressed that they would now be able to use the time and energy saved on manual maize shelling for other important activities.
On 19th December, 2015 focussed group discussions were held with 15 tribal farmwomen of Dhanpau village. Information pertaining to gender division of labour and seasonal activities in maize cultivation and daily activity profile of farmwomen were collected. Field performance of maize sheller with local practice was compared and found that field capacity of sheller was 125 quintal/hr as compared to hand shelling, which was 26kg/hr. The technique of Tofu making was also demonstrated which was very much appreciated by women folk.
‘World Soil Day’ was organized on December 5, 2015 at ICAR-VPKAS, Almora. The programme was inaugurated by Dr. A. Pattanayak, Director of the Institute. While addressing the participants, Dr. Pattanayak emphasized the importance of soil in agriculture. He asked the farmers to use fertilizers only after soil testing so that they can obtain better production. He explained the genesis of ‘World Soil Day’. He conveyed the message of Dr. Mangala Rai, Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, GBPUA&T, Pantnagar and Chief Guest of this function, in his absence.
The Soil Health Card (SHC) preparation programme for farmers has been started by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) throughout the country. The ICAR-VPKAS including its two KVKs prepared 850 SHCs and 20 cards were distributed amongst the farmers came from 8 villages of Almora district (Uttarakhand). The SHC will serve for three consecutive years and after 3 years fertility analysis of soil is to be done again. Dr. J.K. Bisht, Head, Crop Production Division, ICAR-VPKAS, Almora, delivered a key note lecture on “Soils of Uttarakhand”. He told about different type of soils of India, characteristic of NWH soils and district wise soil fertility details of Uttarakhand. He also informed about the preparation of 140 million soil health cards under this scheme throughout the country. Dr. Tilak Mondal demonstrated the Soil Testing Kit before the farmers. Dr. Renu Jethi gave brief information about the start of tracking SMS by VPKAS which is a special SMS service personalized for individual farmers.
In his remarks, Dr. R.K. Sharma, Programme Coordinator, KVK, Matela, Special Guest, emphasized on soil health and soil conservation for sustainable crop production. The SHC prepared by the KVK, Matela were also distributed amongst the farmers.
The Director, ICAR-VPKAS, Almora gave appreciation certificate to the scientists, technical and other staff for timely completion of Soil Health Card.
Approximately 50 farmers from different parts of Uttarakhand attended the programme. Dr. Nirmal Chandra welcomed the guests and other participants. The programme was coordinated by Dr. Renu Jethi & Dr. Kushagra Joshi and vote of thanks was proposed by Dr. J.K. Bisht.
Krishak Goshthi “Gehun ki Unnat Utpadan Takniki va Beejotpadan” was organized at Jhankat village in Sitarganj area
Under Tribal Sub-Plan, one Krishak Gosthi on “Gehun ki Unnat Utpadan Takniki va Beejotpadan” was organized on 04 November, 2015 at Jhankat village in Sitarganj area of Uttarakhand by ICAR-Vivekananda Parvatiya Krishi Anusandhan Sanstha, Almora. Dr. Rajesh Khulbe, Senior Scientist of Crop Improvement Division informed farmers about the Tribal Sub Plan Programme which is operational in the area since 2013.
He also explained about quality seed production methodology of wheat. During the programme, seeds of VL Gehun 907, VL 804 and VL 829 were distributed to 53 farmers along with urea and NPK. Farmers of the village appreciated the performance of VL Gehun 907 and VL Gehun 829 which was grown in the area last year also. This programme was also attended by Dr. Renu Jethi and Mr. D.C. Gusain from the institute.
Finger millet Field day organized at Tunakot Sera in Almora district
ICAR-VPKAS Almora demonstrated three improved varieties each of finger millet (VL Mandua 352, VL Mandua 324 and VL Mandua 149) and Barnyard millet (VL Madira 207, VL Madira 172 and PRJ-1) in 10 hectare area at Tunakot and Tipola clusters of Almora district in kharif 2015. A field day on finger millet was organized on 3rd October, 2015 at Tipola cluster where Dr A. Pattnayak, Director, ICAR-VPKAS, Almora, Head, Crop Improvement Division and scientists of the Institute along with Chief Agriculture Officer, Almora monitored the fields. A meeting was organized at Tipola where over 150 farmers of the different villages along with their representatives gave the feedback of the demonstrated varieties of finger and barnyard millet. Even though the area did not receive any rain for 60 days during the crop season, the farmers were very satisfied with the performance of varieties and informed that they will keep the seed of these improved varieties for next season and will also distribute the seed to their relatives and nearby village farmers. Director, ICAR-VPKAS informed the farmers that the institute is continuously working towards development of improved varieties and by adopting high yielding varieties productivity of the crop can be enhanced. He also appreciated the efforts of farmers and suggested them to grow these crops for seed production to earn higher income.
Keeping in view the demand of seed of finger millet in the state, the Head, Crop Improvement Division appraised the farmers about seed production. Apart from this, the experts explained the special characteristics of demonstrated varieties including yield potential and disease resistance. Vivek Millet Thresher operations and preparation of Mandua namkeen was also demonstrated during the field day.
ICAR-VPKAS variety Vivek Maize Hybrid 45 gave Bumper Crop at Tribal Area Jaunsar, Dehradun
Jaunsar tribal area in Uttarakhand comprising of block Kalsi and Chakrata in the district of Dehradun is traditionally a maize growing area. Of the total 27,895 thousand hectare area under maize cultivation in Uttarakhand, the Dehradun district with a total area of 9,115 thousand hectare accounts for about 33 per cent of the total maize area in the state. Of this, about 45 per cent is located in the hill region of the district represented mainly by the tribal blocks of Kalsi and Chakrata. The contribution to maize production from the hill region, however, is only 30 per cent due to lower productivity (976 kg/ ha) compared to the plains of the district (1,879 kg/ ha). This productivity level is even below the average for the entire hill region of the State (1,187 kg/ ha).
With this background information, FLDs of maize hybrids developed by the institute were organized in this area during Kharif 2015 with the aim of enhancing the production and productivity of maize. As a precursor to organizing the FLDs, a training programmes entitled ‘Parvatiya Fasalon ki Unnet Utpadan Taknikein’ with major focus on maize crop was organized for the farmers of village Dhanpau, Sawda and Lakhwad of Kalsi block in the month of May, 2015 under Tribal Sub Plan component of ICAR-VPKAS, Almora. This was followed up by a hands-on training on maize hybrid seed production to ten farmers from these villages in the month of June, 2015 and laying out of demonstrations of Vivek Maize Hybrid 45 in 10 ha area in the village cluster.
Vivek Maize Hybrid 45 is an early maturing (85-90 days) and high yielding (50-55 q per hectare) variety tolerant to Turcicum and Maydis Leaf Blight. It was released by Central Variety Release Committee in the year 2013 for cultivation in Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. The plant height is 200-205 cm and it bears long cylindrical cobs with good husk cover. The grains of this variety are bold (average 1000-grain weight is 335 g), yellow in colour and semi-flint in texture. It has the ‘stay-green trait’ which makes the plant suitable for use as green fodder after harvesting of the mature cobs.
According to the farmers, the yield of Vivek Maize Hybrid 45 was about double that of their local cultivar (this is corroborated by the preliminary assessment of the scientists as well) despite less than normal rainfall during the crop season. They also reported that damage due to high speed winds was also less in the hybrid variety. The ‘stay-green’ trait of the hybrid was particularly appreciated by the farmers. Enthused by the performance of Vivek Maize Hybrid 45, the farmers expressed keenness to grow the variety during next crop season as well and are looking forward to receiving adequate quantity of seed of the variety from the institute. In order to ensure sustained supply of required quantity of seed of the hybrid variety over a longer term, the institute has initiated steps towards establishing a maize hybrid seed production system at the village cluster level, thereby promoting local entrepreneurship as well in the process.
The institute is set to carry on this initiative further through downstream interventions such as drudgery reduction by replacement of manual shelling with maize sheller; soil health card, ensuring fair price for the produce by establishing linkage with poultry, food and other industries in the State; developing the adjoining plains as a maize hybrid seed production hub, besides others.
September 29, 2015 - Kisan Mela was organized at ICAR-VPKAS Experimental Farm, Hawalbagh. Main attraction of the mela was distribution of soil health card to farmers. Dr. A.K. Singh, Director ICAR-DCFR, Bhimtal graced the occasion as Chief Guest along with Dr. P.P. Dhyani, Director GBPIHED, Kosi-Katarmal as a special guest of the occasion. The chief guest while appreciating the achievements made by the institute in improving hill agriculture, emphasized on water conservation and fish farming for additional income generation for marginal and small farmers. The special guest told about the importance of food security and hill agriculture, new initiatives for combating climate change through improved agriculture technologies. Dr. A. Pattanayak, Director of the Institute while welcoming the guests and farmers briefed about the achievements and technologies developed by the institute. He also told about the training programmes and front line demonstrations organized by the institute. Thirty exhibition-cum-sale stalls were laid by ICAR institutes, line departments, NGOs and farmers groups. Farmers-scientist interaction meet was also organized. Institute’s newsletter, “Parvatiya Krishi Darpan” and a technical bulletin on “Pests of Vegetable Crops and their Management” was released by the chief guest. About 700 farmers from different parts of Uttarakhand including tribal farmers participated in the event.
Under Tribal Sub-Plan, a one-day training programme on ‘Uchcha Parvatiya Fasalon ki Unnat Utpadan Takneeki evam Ekikrit Naashijeev Prabandhan’ was organized at Chamoli on 30th July, 2015 for farmers of Niti, Gamshali, Bampa and Mirag villages of Niti Valley of Joshimathh block in district Chamoli. A total of 22 farmers including 7 women farmers participated in the programme. In the training programme, the farmers were imparted information on control measures for major insects and diseases of important crops of higher hills, viz., rajmash, garden pea and potato, with emphasis on adoption of organic and environment-friendly control measures such as use of Melia azadirach (batain/dainkan) seed kernel for control of cutworm; use of Bt for controlling pod borer; and use of light trap and WGPGS 2 for controlling white grub. Information on improved crop production technology and quality seed production of these crops was also provided to the farmers. The farmers were also provided reference literature and suitable insecticides and fungicides. The programme was organized with assistance from Chamoli-based Jai Nanda Welfare Society.
The institute celebrated its 92nd foundation day on 4th July with great enthusiasm. The programme started with traditional pooja and praying homage at Kundan House (the place where the initial laboratory was established by the founder Director Prof. Boshi Sen). The programme at the institute premise started with the lightening of lamp. Dr. J.S. Sandhu, Deputy Director General (Crop Science), ICAR graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. He appreciated the work of the institute for upliftment of hill farmers and asserted to introspect whether the dreams of Prof. Boshi Sen has been full filled or still many more to be done to complete his mission. He appealed the scientist of the institute to work for quality research, nutritional security and prosperity of the farmers. He highlighted the availability of quality seed, crop diversification, water conservation, production of off-season vegetables, integrated pest management in the hilly region. The Director of the Institute, Dr. A. Pattnayak while remembering and paying tribute to the founder Director highlighted the research achievements of the Institutes and assured that the pace of the research work of the Institute will continue to achieve the new heights.
Dr. P.P. Dhyani Director, GBPIHED, Kosi, Katarmal appreciated the research achievements of the institute and informed the house that out of 30 most productive organizations engaged in the research development of Himalayan region, three Institutes of ICAR viz., IARI, VPKAS and NBPGR have been placed in the front line. He asserted that for the livelihood security, the benefit of research activity should reach up to grassroot level and for which ICAR model should be obtained by other organizations of the Country. Swami Somdevanandji of Ram Krishna Mission, Almora stressed to work on the nutritional security. On the occasion prizes were distributed to the meritorious children of the staff members. Citation were also presented to the scientists and technical personnel contributing for development of The function ended with traditional mango festival started by the founder director.
A 2-day programme on ‘Makka mein Sankar Beej Utpadan’ was organized at ICAR-VPKAS, Experimental Farm, Hawalbagh from 24-25 June, 2015 for imparting hands-on training on hybrid seed production in maize. The participants, totaling 23, included seed production personnel of Uttarakhand Seed & Tarai Development Corporation, State Agriculture Department, State Seed Certification Agency and NGOs, and progressive farmers from traditional maize growing areas of district Dehradun (Jaunsar area) and Nainital, as well as villages adopted for seed production in district Almora and Udham Singh Nagar.
In the training programme, the participants were imparted information on the basics of hybrid seed production in maize including nutrient and disease-insect management. The participants were also trained in practical field operations in maize hybrid seed production such as maintenance of isolation distance, detasseling, rouging, etc. On this occasion, Director Dr. A. Pattanayak, emphasizing on the importance of hybrid varieties in increasing maize productivity and production in the state, called on the farmers to adopt them.
June 22, 2015 - Pre kharif Sammelan cum Krishi Mela sponsored by National Horticultural Board, GoI was organized at KVK Uttarkashi. The Honorable Member of Parliament, Smt. Mala Raj Laxmi Shah was the chief guest. The programme was attended by 351 Farmers and 46 officials from different organizations. Dr. VK Sachan, Programme Coordinator KVK, introduced and informed the chief guest and farmers about the different activities of KVK. An Interaction meet with a team of scientists from ICAR-VPKAS and ICAR-IISWC was organized. Dr. BM Pandey, Senior Scientist, Agronomy and Dr N K Hedau informed farmers about ICAR-VPKAS, its activities, ongoing research projects, organic farming, FYM production, Vermi-compost preparation and off-season vegetable cultivation. Dr. KK Mishra, Senior Scientist, Plant Pathology explained about the major diseases and pests of various vegetables. Hon’ble MP Smt. Shah stressed on the importance of agriculture in upliftment of rural livelihood in hills. On this occasion, two publication “Swayam Sahayta samooh – Badi Bachat ki nanhi shuruat” and “Swasthya Bardhan evam aay arjan hetu buransh squash” were released.
June 08, 2015 - Research Advisory Committee meeting of ICAR-VPKAS, Almora was held under the chairmanship of Dr. Tej Partap, Vice Chancellor, SKUAST-K, Shalimar, Srinagar. Other RAC Members, viz., Dr. R.K. Avasthe, Jt. Director, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Sikkim Centre Tadong, Gangtok; Dr. J.P. Singh, Director (Res.) GBPUA&T, Pantnagar; Dr. Suresh Pande, Former Pr. Scientist (Plant Pathology), ICRISAT, Hyderabad, Dr I.S Solanki, Assistant Director General (FFC), ICAR, New Delhi; Dr. Vijay Prakash Pandey, Institute Management Committee (IMC); Shri Sharad Tiwari, member, IMC; Dr. A. Pattnayak, Director, VPKAS, Almora; Dr. J.K. Bisht , Member Secretary and the scientists of the institute attended the meeting to finalize the research priority areas in relation to the mandate of the Institute.
A Five -day training programme on ‘Parvatiya Fasalon ki Unnet Utpadan Takneeki’ was organized at ICAR-VPKAS, Experimental Farm, Hawalbagh from 13-17 May, 2015 for farmers of Jaunsar tribal region of district Dehradun under Tribal Sub-Plan. A total of 33 farmers including 16 women farmers from four villages (Dhanpau, Lakhwad, Sawda and Goichhana of block Kalsi) participated in the programme. In the training programme, the farmers were imparted information on improved varieties, improved crop production and crop protection technologies, seed production, fodder production, small tools and farm machinery, and mushroom production. During farm visits for practical demonstrations of improved technologies, the farmers were also sensitized on ‘Swachha Bharat Abhiyaan’. The trainees were also provided information on formation of farmer clubs and group investment in agriculture. All female farmers were sensitized on the ways to achieve higher work efficiency from lower labour input. An exposure visit of farmers to Garud valley and tea gardens of Kausani was also organized. An interaction between the trainee farmers and officials of Uttarakhand Seed and Tarai Development Corporation was also organized, during which information and views on UAS&TDC’s ongoing seed production programme at Dhanpau and Lakhwad were shared by both sides. The activity plan for upcoming kharif was also formulated and as part of the activity plan, 2.0 q seed of maize variety Vivek Sankar Makka 45 was distributed to the farmers for demonstrations in about 10.0 ha. during kharif 2015. Improved desi plough (VL Syahi hal) was also provided to one farmer representative from each of the four villages. On this occasion Acting Director Dr. J.K. Bisht, emphasizing on the importance of improved agricultural technologies, called on the farmers to adopt them.
A Field Day was organized on 29th April 2015 at Basauli
block (Distt- Almora), Uttarakhand where thirty five farmers were selected for Front Line Demonstration of Institute’s wheat variety VL Gehun 907. Dr. A. Pattanayak, Director of the Institute visited farmers’ field along with scientists and farmers. Farmers appreciated the performance of VL Gehun 907 and showed keen interest in growing this variety during next year also. This variety has shown high degree of resistance to yellow rust disease whereas the variety UP 2572 and other varieties planted by the farmers including local were highly susceptible to the yellow rust. The Director, ICAR-VPKAS urged the farmers to adopt and produce seeds of improved varieties of wheat in order to gain profit. Dr. Lakshmi Kant, Wheat breeder gave detailed information on quality seed production methodology and Dr. S. K. Jain explained different methods of insect and pest management in wheat. Dr. Raghu B.R. and Dr. Renu Jethi co-ordinated the entire programme. This programme was attended by 35 farmers, two village heads and other local representatives and state officials. villageof Takula