ICAR JSS Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Suttur, Mysuru district, initiated and nurtured by His Holiness Jagadguru Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswmiji, has received the Best KVK Zonal Award 2010 (Zone VIII) given away by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi.

Zone VIII consist of four states and two union territories ( Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Kerala, Puducherry and Lakshadweep). 78 Krishi Vigyan Kendras are functioning and ICAR JSS KVK is one among them.

ICAR JSS KVK is established in the year 1994 under the auspicious of the host organization JSS Mahavidyapeetha. ICAR has conferred this prestigious award on ICAR JSS KVK in recognition of its valuable work towards improving agriculture, farmers’ livelihoods and rural development by undertaking agricultural technology assessment and refinement activities, demonstration of new technologies and conducting training for farmers and extension functionaries. It may be noted here that ICAR JSS KVK is particularly known for its pioneering and innovative “Seed Village Programme” and the “Krishimela“ organized as a part of Jathra event every year in Suttur.

The award was given by Sri Sharad Pawar, Central Minister for Agriculture, Govt. Of India, New Delhi during the 6th National Conference of KVKs held at JNKVV campus, Jabbalpur, Madya Pradesh from 3rd to 5th December 2011. The award was received by Dr. Arun Balamatti, Programme Coordinator, JSS KVK, Suttur by the Honorable Minister for Agriculture.

An Agriculture Exhibition had been organized in view of the above workshop. KVKs who had received Zonal and National level award participated in the exhibition. The main theme of the exhibition was on Secondary Agriculture initiatives.

Programme Coordinators from 600 KVKs along with Subject Matter Specialist and Scientist participated in the three days workshop. Eminent agriculture scientists delivered lecture in the workshop on secondary agriculture aspects- mainly on post harvest management, value addition, by products, packing, marketing and exporting of agriculture produce for increasing farmers’ economy.

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