Directorate of Extension

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Directorate Of Extension

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Directorate of Extension


Introduction

The Directorate of Extension, SKUAST-Kashmir has a statutory role to play with regard to extension service, a vehicle which carries scientific agricultural technology interventions developed at the Research Stations to the farmer to enhance the net agricultural income of the farmers in a sustainable manner. The Directorate is working for agricultural development in the state of Jammu and Kashmir especially in Kashmir and Ladakh regions through professional extension services including training, farm advisory, on farm testing’s, field demonstrations and information services since 1982. Extension services are offered by a team of multidisciplinary team of scientists who performs their excellence in participatory mode in close coordination with various agencies outside and units within the University. The Directorate provides guidelines and continuously monitor and evaluate the extension programmes to its twelve KVK’s which are working under jurisdiction of SKUAST-Kashmir.

The major activities of Extension Directorate are dissemination of farmer related information, training of farmers and extension functionaries, educating the Farmers through demonstrations, Field visits, Fields days and Farm advisory service, workshops, press and electronic media etc., through Krishi Vigyan Kendras and Extension Service units. The Directorate of Extension, a constituent unit of SKUAST-Kashmir Srinagar came into existence in 1982 at Shalimar Srinagar with the great vision of promoting advanced agricultural technologies for the benefits of the farmers. Development of human resources through knowledge enrichment and wisdom, underpinning food safety, sustainability of rich resources of the State and income to all rural sections of the population in general and hilly farming community in particular are the main focus of the unit. The Directorate of Extension Education 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.

For enhancing the process of transfer of technology, ICAR has established Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVK’s) in each districts of the state out of which 13 KVKs are falling in 11 districts under the jurisdiction of the University. District Leh and Kargil having two KVKs each, one at Leh another at Neyoma in Leh district. Whereas in Kargil district one at Kargil and another at Zanaskar. 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. Directorate provides the backstopping and monitors the activities of KVKs. Three basic functions of the Directorate of Extension are training, advisory and communication.

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 state line departments.
  • To provide platform for interface between farmers, researchers and extension functionaries 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.