Open - Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth

September, 2014
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ZAREAC Interface Organized
The Zonal Agricultural Research and Extension Advisory Committee (ZAREAC) meeting for rabi and
summer seasons was held at the Zonal Agricultural Research Station, Solapur by Mahatma Phule Krishi
Vidyapeeth, Rahuri in coordination with the State Department of Agriculture. Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor Dr. T.A. More in his
presidential address stated that the university has released 215 crop varieties, 1250 improved technologies and
recommendations and several improved tools and implements since its establishment. Farmers need to avail the
benefit of these improved varieties and technologies. For this the role of State Department of Agriculture is vital
for transfer of technology, he said. Shri. S. N. Ambulgekar, Director, Soil and Water Conservation, Maharashtra State in his
speech called for adoption of soil and water conservation technologies by the farmers in view of scanty
rainfall. Dr. K.D. Kokate, Director, Extension Education gave a presentation on convergence of all stakeholders for
agricultural development. A model village need to be established in each district through co-ordination of university, ATMA,
State Department of Agriculture, KVK and farmers participation, he said. Dr. R.S. Patil, Director of Research in his
presentation gave information of new released crop varieties, technology recommendations and improved
implements. Dr. Vijay Amrutsagar, Associate Director of Research, ZARS, Solapur gave the introductory remarks.
Dr. D.V. Indi anchored the programme, while, Dr. J.D. Jadhav proposed thanks. The rabi issue of Shri Sugi
periodical was released on this occasion. Shri. Prakash Patil, Hon'ble Member, Executive Council, Shri.A.K. Haral,
Director, ATMA, Shri. Prabhakar Chandane, President, All India Pomegranate Association, Shri. Navnath Kaspate,
President, Maharashtra Custard Apple Association, Shri. Uday Nanajkar, Ex-Member, EEC, Dr. P.A.Turbatmath,
Associate Dean, Dr. A.S. CAE, all the Divisional Directors of Agriculture, Heads of Departments, Associate
Directors of Research, Programme Co-ordinators of KVKs, Scientists participated in the discussions.
SAC Meetings of KVKs conducted
The Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) meetings of
KVK, Borgaon and KVK, Mamurabad (Jalgaon) were
organized recently.Dr. K.D. Kokate, Director of Extension
Education presided over both the meetings. Prof. Mohan
Shirke, Programme Co-ordinator, KVK, Borgaon gave
the introductory remarks. Dr. V.J. Tarde, Ex-Programme
Co-ordinator gave a presentation on KVK activities.
Dr. M.S. Babar anchored the programme, while, Engg.
Mahesh Pacharne proposed vote of thanks. On this
occasion Dr. Kokate felicitated the award winning farmers. In the SAC meeting of KVK, Mamurabad Dr. Kokate
expressed the utility of Farmer's Field School and All India Radio for effective dissemination of technologies to the
farmers. Dr. Hemant Baheti, Programme Co-ordinator presented the activities of last year and action plan of next
year. Dr. Chari Appaji, Zonal Project Directorate, Zone-V, Hyderabad, Krishi Bhushan Shri.Vishwasrao Patil,
Dr. Sudam Patil, Chief Scientist , Oilseed Research Station, Jalgaon were present on this occasion.
Training Programme on HORTSAP held
A Training Programme for Agril. Officers, Agril. Supervisors ,
Pest Surveyors, Master trainers and Data Operators was
organized by the university in co-ordination with State
Department of Agriculture under the RKVY Project on
Horticulture (Pomegranate) pests and disease survey,
advisory and management.
In his inaugural address
Dr. K.D. Kokate, Director of Extension Education called for
effective advisory through HORTSAP. The pomegranate
farmers are encountering various pest and disease
problems. He hoped that this initiative will certainly address all these issues. Dr. R.S. Patil, Director of Research
in his address put forth the challenges in pomegranate production. HORTSAP for pomegranate crop will help to
reduce these challenges and benefit the farmers, he said. Shri. Vijaykumar Ingle, Divisional Director of Agriculture
also presented his views. Dr. P.A. Turbatmath, Associate Dean, Dr. ASCAE, Dr. S.G. Borkar, Head, Department
of Plant Pathology, Shri. Vijay Raut, Dy. Director, Horticulture were present on this occasion. Dr. C.D.Deokar
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anchored the programme, while, Dr. K.S. Raghuwanshi proposed vote of thanks.
Farmers rally organized under RAWE programme
A farmers rally was organized at village Male in Kolhapur
district by students of Rural Agriculture Work Experience
(RAWE) programme in co-ordination with the Regional
Extension Centre, College of Agriculture, Kolhapur. Dr. K.D.
Kokate, Director of Extension Education and Dean, faculty
of Agriculture inaugurated the programme. In his address
Dr. Kokate emphasized the need for convergence of
various Departments for effective transfer of technologies.
Linkages between SAUs and other departments need to
be strengthened, he opined. Further, he appreciated the
efforts of RAWE students in organising the farmers rally.
Dr. Gajanan Khot, Associate Dean, College of Agriculture, Kolhapur, Dr. Dinkar Patil, Dr. Ashok Pisal,
Dr. Vijay Tarde, Prof. S.J. Patil, Prof. Uttam Kadam, Prof. Vilas Karde, farmers and students attended the
Award to Agril. Meteorology Project of ZARS, Solapur
The Agricultural Meteorology Project of Zonal Agricultural Research Station (ZARS), Solapur on micro climate
change was awarded the Chaudhary Devilal Award of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR),
New Delhi. The Project Co-ordinator Dr. V.M. Rao received
this award at the auspicious hands of
Dr. S. Ayyappan, Director General,ICAR, New Delhi. The project headquarter is at CRIDA, Hyderabad.
This centre has twice been felicitated with the Best Centre Award by CRIDA, Hyderabad.
Frontline Demonstrations organized
The Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Borgaon, Dist.Satara had
organized demonstrations on weed control of paddy
through a implement called Conoweeder. Prof.Mohan
Shirke, Progamme Co-ordinator while guiding the paddy
growers expressed the need for farm mechanization in
view of labour shortage. The Conoweeder implement will
certainly save the farmers cost and drudgery, he said. Engg.
Mahesh Pacharne conducted these demonstrations.
The KVK, Borgaon has supplied these implements to the
Farmers Club at Shindewadi village.The KVK SMS and
farmers were present in large number.
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Farmers trained on protected cultivation
A Training Programme on Protected Cultivation for members
of Farmers-Scientists Forum (FSF) was organized by the
Precision Farming Development Centre of Dr. Annasaheb
Shinde College of Agricultural Engineering in the university.
Shri. Vilas Shinde, Director, Sahyadri Farmers Producer
Company, Nashik gave a presentation on scope and
opportunities of vegetable cultivation under protected
conditions. He shared his experience on procurement and
marketing of vegetables. Dr. K.D. Kokate, Director of
Extension Education called for group approach along with
production based on consumers demand for achieving
success in protected cultivation of vegetables. Dr. R.S. Patil,
Director of Research gave important suggestions for profitable cultivation of vegetables under protected conditions.
Dr. P.A. Turbatmath, Associate Dean, Dr. ASCAE gave the introductory remarks. Prof. Narendra Firke put forth
the objective of training. Shri. Hemant Jagtap anchored the programme, while, Shri. Vijay Kanade expressed
thanks. Members of FSF participated in the programme.
Publisher : Dr. K. D. Kokate, Director of Extension Education
Editors : Dr. G. K. Sasane, I/C Communication Center
Dr. P. B. Kharde, Associate Professor (Agril. Extension)
Dr. S.S. Sadaphal, J.R.A., Communication Center
Dr. B. A. Deshmukh, J.R.A., Directorate of Extension Education
MPKV Happenings Sept./Extn.Pub.No.1028/2014