Radha Mohan Singh Underlines the Important Role of Krishi Vigyan Kendra as Catalyst of Agriculture Growth


he Union Minister for Agriculture, Shri Radha Mohan Singh addressing at the 86th Annual General meeting of ICAR, in New Delhi on February 18, 2015. The Minister of State for Agriculture, Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, the Minister of State for Agriculture, Shri Mohanbhai Kalyanjibhai Kundariya and the Secretary (DARE) & DG (ICAR), Dr. S. Ayyappan are also seen.

Radha Mohan Singh Underlines the Important Role of Krishi Vigyan Kendra as Catalyst of Agriculture Growth

Union Agriculture Minister Shri Radha Mohan Singh, underlined the important role of Krishi Vigyan Kendra as catalyst of agriculture growth as he emphasized this during the  inter-session meeting of the consultative committee of Ministry of Agriculture in Krishi Vigyan Kendra, in Shikohpur, Gurgaon today.


Chairing the meeting of the consultative committee of Parliamentarians of the Ministry of Agriculture, Shri Radha Mohan Singh, informed that this is the first time that a consultative committee meeting of Ministry of Agriculture is organized in KVK (Krishi Vigyan Kendra).

Sh. Singh said that organizing such a important programme in Shikohpur away from the headquarters of Ministry of Agriculture in KVK village will go a long way in bringing about awareness about “Lab to land”.

The Union Minister for Agriculture, Shri Radha Mohan Singh releasing the publication, at the 86th Annual General meeting of ICAR, in New Delhi on February 18, 2015. The Minister of State for Agriculture, Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, the Minister of State for Agriculture, Shri Mohanbhai Kalyanjibhai Kundariya, the Secretary (DARE) & DG (ICAR), Dr. S. Ayyappan and other dignitaries are also seen.


Sh. Singh emphasized about the role of front-line extension system and said that it has evolved with the growth of ICAR Institutes and Agricultural Universities in the country. The basic objective of Frontline extension system is to conduct extension research, develop methodology, demonstrate latest technologies, provide feedback to scientists and provide capacity building support to the main extension system i.e. field extension system of the State Development Departments, he said.

Present on the occasion were Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan and Parliamentarians who attended this meeting included Shri. B.N. Chandrappa, Shri,G.Hari, Shri M.B. Rajesh, Shri Manshankar Ninama, Shri Kunwar Pushpendra Singh Chandel, Shri Rajeshbhai Naranbhai Chudasama, Shri Rajveer (Raju Bhaiya) Singh, Shri Rodmal Nagar, Shri Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre, Km. Shobha Karandlaje, Shri Sumedhanand Saraswati, Dr. Tapas Mandal, Shri K.R. Arjunan, Shri Shankarbhai N. Vegad and Shri K. Rahman Khan. Also present were Secretary, DARE, Dr. S. Ayyapan. Dr. Ayyapan mentioned that KVKs have played an important role in empowering the farmers showcasing the frontier technologies, capacity development of farmers and extension workers, front runner in technology application making available critical technological information and inputs.


The Minister of State for Agriculture, Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan addressing at the 86th Annual General meeting of ICAR, in New Delhi on February 18, 2015. The Union Minister for Agriculture, Shri Radha Mohan Singh, the Minister of State for Agriculture, Shri Mohanbhai Kalyanjibhai Kundariya and the Secretary (DARE) & DG (ICAR), Dr. S. Ayyappan are also seen


Sh. Singh urged agricultural scientists for voluntarily adopt one village and make regular visits for updating the knowledge of the farmers and exemplify Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav.

He also mentioned KVKs system needs to be strengthened with basic amenities, laboratories and additional scientific manpower. It is the right platform to discuss the issues of KVKs and to reorient the strategies for effective functioning of KVKs for fulfilling its expanding mandate, he said.

The Minister of State for Agriculture, Shri Mohanbhai Kalyanjibhai Kundariya addressing at the 86th Annual General meeting of ICAR, in New Delhi on February 18, 2015. The Union Minister for Agriculture, Shri Radha Mohan Singh, the Minister of State for Agriculture, Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan and the Secretary (DARE) & DG (ICAR), Dr. S. Ayyappan are also seen.


Participating in the discussion, MP, Shri. Rodmal Nagar suggested strengthening institutional mechanism for coordination between Agriculture Technology Management Agency(ATMA)  officers and Krishi Vigyan Kendra. MP Sh. Sumedhanand Saraswati suggested the Government may look into extending the role of KVKs for organic farming. MP, Sh. M.B. Rajesh suggested on strengthening KVKs and organizing knowledge seminars for interaction with farmers. He said, organizing such educational awareness programme will help in creating awareness about various aspects related to Agriculture.

The Secretary (DARE) & DG (ICAR), Dr. S. Ayyappan addressing at the 86th Annual General meeting of ICAR, in New Delhi on February 18, 2015. The Union Minister for Agriculture, Shri Radha Mohan Singh and the Minister of State for Agriculture, Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan are also seen.


He suggested KVKs may encourage Agricultural clubs which will see participation of students from various school and colleges for creating awarnace.

Shri Singh expressed that seminars  be organized twice a year in KVKs in MPs presence. To improve productivity levels of various crops, the Government is giving priority to save our natural resources like soil and water and Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana to improve soil health and achieve more crop production per drop of water.  

MP Dr. Tapas Mandal spoke about uniform guidelines/system in running of KVKs. MP Shri Manashankar Ninama spoke about the role of KVK in the area of organic farming and Vermi-Compost.

Shri Radha Mohan Singh, thanked all the members for the valuable suggestions.


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India-Myanmar 5th Joint Trade Committee Meeting

The 5th India- Myanmar Joint Trade Committee (JTC) meeting was held in Nay Pyi Taw on 17th February, 2015. The meeting was co-Chaired by Minister of Commerce & Industry Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman and Myanmar Union Minister of Commerce U Win Myint. The 5th JTC was preceded by a meeting of senior officials of India and Myanmar on 16th February, 2015.

During the meeting, the two sides had intensive interaction and exchange of views to find ways and means to enhance the bilateral trade and investment ties. Both sides agreed to work together to remove the bottlenecks hampering the bilateral trade and investment such as lack of good connectivity, lack of banking arrangement both for regular and border trade. In this context, India offered to support Myanmar to develop infrastructure at the border trade points, upgrade trade training institutes in Yangon, and also provide training to Myanmar officials on WTO and international trade related issues besides supporting subsidized direct shipping links between India and Myanmar to promote bilateral trade.

The two Ministers reiterated their commitment towards strengthening mutually beneficial relationship especially in the field of promoting two-ways investment, infrastructure development particularly to promote border trade, connectivity, agriculture, energy, skill and entrepreneurial development, pharmaceutical and people-to-people contacts.

Both sides agreed to hold the next Joint Trade and Investment Forum in Chennai during which Myanmar would organize a roadshow showcasing investment opportunities in Myanmar especially in the special economic zones. The two Ministers also agreed to jointly inaugurate the land custom station in Zawkhatar, Mizoram shortly at a mutually convenient date.

Both sides noted the regular high level exchange of visits and interactions between India and Myanmar which has imparted further momentum to overall strengthening of bilateral relations and agreed to meet more often to ensure enhancement of bilateral trade and mutual cooperation. The Minister of Commerce and Industry Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman also called on the Vice-President-2 U Nyan Tun and Minister in Presidential Office U Soe Thane besides having detailed bilateral interaction with her counterpart.

The Minister of Commerce and Industry Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman invited Union Minister of Commerce to visit India for the next Joint Trade Committee meeting which he accepted in principle.


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National Workshop on Border Roads for Private Sector’s Participation in Construction of Roads Bridges and Tunnels in Border Areas

Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar has urged the private construction companies to play a big role in developing the infrastructures along the border. Addressing a national workshop on Border Roads for private sector’s participation in construction of roads, bridges and tunnels in Border Areas here today he said developing infrastructures along the border has become mandatory and private companies support is required in this regard. Shri Parrikar said that this is huge task and there are many challenges but these can be overcome by the use of modern techniques and materials.

The aim of this workshop was to enhance private sector participation in the construction of roads, bridges and tunnels in border areas thereby enhancing the speed of construction and meeting strategic needs of the Army. BRO is entrusted with the responsibility of developing infrastructure in the border areas of the country andthere has been a phenomenal increase in quantum of works entrusted to the organization. There exists a gap in the desired level of strategic infrastructure and construction capability of BRO. Hence, there is a need to correct this imbalance for which participation of Private Sectors for infrastructure development in Border areas has become mandatory.

The workshop was conducted in three sessions namely, Construction of road in Border areas, construction of Tunnels & Bridges and Modern Technology & Equipment in Road Construction. Eminent speakers from various industries like HCC, L&T and AFCON Infrastructure presented variety of technical papers for construction of infrastructure with speed and quality using latest techniques and materials. The workshop also addressed the issues pertaining to the Regulatory mechanism and procedural hurdles for enhancing the Private Sector’s Participation in Construction.

In order to take forward the initiative taken by CII and BRO to ensure implementation of take away from the workshop, three groups were set up. These groups would submit the recommendations jointly to MoD and CII and the progress on the recommendations would be monitored in the ensuing workshops. These groups will each look after contract matters, roads & tunnels and new technologies.

The speakers at the Workshop amongst other included eminent personalities like Shri RK Mathur, Defence Secretary, Lt Gen RM Mittal, Director General Border Roads and Shri Chandrajit Banerjee Director General, CII.


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Flawless and Enthralling Air Display being Ensured at Aero India 2015

Aerial displays are the core attractions of any air show that bring visitors thronging to the event. Aero India 2015 also promises to live up to its reputation as the biggest air show in Asia. More than 15 teams comprising 23 or more aircraft will perform precision flying twice daily in the coming days.

Usually at any airfield, civil or military, it is the controller at the Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower who regulates the movement of all aircraft taking off, landing or operating over the airfield.

Contrary to belief it is not the ATCcontroller who orchestrates the aerial choreographybut is done bya small teamcomprising afew pilots and sharp-eyed air warriors among others. At the specially erected Flight Display Control cabin, a team of officers and men from the Aircraft Systems & Testing Establishment keep a hawk-like vigil on all proceedings ensuring the displays remain flawless, and more importantly, safe.

“Whenever we have any flying display it is a very coordinated activity. People are flying to their edges. Also in a very time bound manner they have to get airborne, plus safeties are involved. So while the normal controlling of the aircraft are continued from the ATC, the control of the flying display aircraft is additionally done from here,” explains Flight Display Director, Air Commodore AP Singh who ensures no air violations happen.

To ensure this, proper pre-flight briefings are held every day. At the end of the display, proper debriefs are also held, he adds. An array of marked display screens in the control cabin indicate the heights and distances that these aircraft cannot not violate. These are ensured strictly by all operators.

The task of keeping tight vigil is additionally ensured through specially erected cameras at various airfield locations as well as over demarcated areas to ensure flight safety. “From here I can exercise ‘veto control’ to stop and recall any aircraft should it endanger safety or violate laid down safety parameters,” explains Air Cmde Singh.

To make the display attractive and more appealing the aircraft usually fly low and closer to the viewing area. Depending on the speed and the class of aircraft, the height and distances are laid down taking into consideration various factors including the line-up of the static aircraft here on display.

Meanwhile, to make the visual spectacle more delightful a commentary team in an adjoining cabin will relay the proceedings explaining the manoeuvres being performed while also providing basic and background information all the while.

“We want to make the spectacle as informative and entertaining for our viewers,” promisesWg Cdr Prabhjeet Singh, the officer heading the IAF commentary team before heading off to the microphone as aircraft begin lining up for their last rehearsals for the day.

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