Directorate of Extension

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Directorate Of Extension

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Directorate of Extension


Introduction

The Directorate of Extension, located at the University headquarters, Shalimar-Srinagar was established with the sole purpose of disseminating promoting advanced agricultural technologies for the benefit of farmers. Development of human resources through knowledge enrichment and wisdom, underpinning food safety, sustainability of rich resources and profitability to all rural sections of the population in general and hill farming community in particular are the main focus of the unit. It has a statutory role to play with regard to extension services, a vehicle which carries scientific agricultural technology interventions developed at the Research Stations to the farmers to enhance the net agricultural income of the farmers’ in a sustainable manner. The Directorate is working for agricultural development in Kashmir and Ladakh regions through professional extension services including training, farm advisory, on-farm testing, field demonstrations and information services etc. The extension services are being offered by a multi-disciplinary team of scientists who perform their excellence in participatory mode in close coordination with various agencies outside and within the University.

The Directorate of Extension provides guidelines and continuously monitor and evaluate the extension programmes of the KVK’s.For enhancing the process of transfer of technology, ICAR has established KrishiVigyanKendras (KVK’s) in each district of Kashmir and Ladakh, out of which 13 KVKs are falling in 11 districts under the jurisdiction of the University. Leh and Kargil districts having two KVKs each i.e. at Leh and Neyoma in Leh district and Kargil and Zanskar in Kargil district whereas, KVK of district Baramulla is under the jurisdiction of Central Institute of Temperate Horticulture. These KVKs have been given a mandate to provide training to the farmers, extension functionaries and demonstrate the improved technology both “on" and "off" farm and organize vocational training programmes for unemployed farm youth for self employment. Directorate provides the backstopping and monitors the activities of KVKs.

            The major extension activities are dissemination of information related to farming through press and electronic media, organization of training programmesfor farmers and extension functionaries, educating the farmers through field demonstrations, field visits, field days, farm advisory services, workshops etc., through KrishiVigyanKendras and Extension Service units. The Directorate of Extension has a well developed Plant Disease Clinic located in Agriculture Technology Information Centre (ATIC) where diseases/disorders of various crop plants are diagnosed and remedial measures are suggested to the farmers by a team of experts. The farmers can also get the seeds, planting material of new varieties/ crops beside pertinent literature etc. The Directorate of Extension also organizes training courses regarding Soil health, Agronomy, Horticulture, Vegetable, Plant Protection, Agricultural Engineering, Seed Production, Mushroom Cultivation, Bee Keeping, Home Science, Post-harvest Management of various crops, Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Sericulture.

Vision

“Excellence in agriculture technology transfer and knowledge management for a more proactive and responsive service”

 

Mandate

  • To Plan, implement and execute various extension programmes in temperate and cold arid agriculture, animal husbandry and allied sectors in close association with the line departments.
  • To provide platform for interface between farmers, researchers and extension functionaries and marketing personnel to address the problems of agriculture and allied sectors.
  • To disseminate knowledge and proven farm technologies to the extension functionaries of the line departments and farmers.
  • To act as a resource and knowledge centre of agricultural technologies for supporting initiatives of public and private sector for improving the agricultural economy of the state, especially Northern part of the state.
  • Monitoring and evaluation of KVKs and ATIC activities on regular basis for achieving their objectives.

Extension Service Units

  • Agriculture Technology Information Centre (ATIC) Shalimar, Srinagar
  • Printing Press Unit, Shalimar, Srinagar
  • Extension Training Centre (ETC), Malangpora
  • Mountain Agriculture Research & Extension Station, Gurez, Bandipora
  • Highland Agriculture Research & Extension Station, Padam, Zanskar
  • State Agricultural Management and Extension Training Institute (SAMETI), SKUAST-Kashmir, Shalimar, Srinagar
  • 13 KVKs in 11 districts of Kashmir and Ladakh Division

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