TEZPUR, April 6 - It is indeed a glorious journey for Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Sonitpur situated at Napam near Tezpur. From among the scores of KVKs, it won the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Krishi Vigyan Protsahan Puraskar 2017 for Zone-VI.
The journey of KVK, Sonitpur started in 1981 when the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi established the first KVK in Assam at Napam under the Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat. Earlier, it was named as KVK, Napam according to the location where it was situated but afterwards when ICAR renamed all KVKs according to the districts in which they were situated, it was renamed as KVK, Sonitpur and its jurisdiction was confined to Sonitpur district.
In 38 years since its inception, this KVK has been trying to uplift the economic status of the farming community through various activities like lab-to-land programme, capacity building of farmers, farm women and rural youth, popularization of front line technology demonstration of crops, livestock and other components for livelihood upgradation of farm families. This year KVK, Sonitpur has been awarded Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Krishi Vigyan Protsahan Puraskar 2017 for Zone-VI. The award was given on the basis of evaluation of work done during 2016-17. The citation of the award reveals that KVK, Sonitpur has been rendering yeoman's service to the farming community of the district which has been widely acknowledged by the beneficiary farmers as well as the district and state administration. Their work on Flood Contingency measures done under National Initiative on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) Project of the ICAR was also adjudged as one of the best by the Central Research Institute of Dry land Agriculture (CRIDA), Hyderabad. The Technology Showcasing, validation and adoption directed activities taken up by the KVK in a participatory mode with the farming community resulted in horizontal spread of the technology due to the benefits recorded in term of the improved productivity and resource use efficiency. The KVK has developed sustainable farming system for different agro-climatic and socio-economic conditions of the area, maintained database resources for perspective planning, collaborate with state departments for testing and promotion of improved farming technologies and act as a repository of information of different farming systems of the state. Due to the dedicated efforts taken by the scientists of the KVK, it has earned a niche among the food growers of the district and the State.
While talking to this correspondent, Dr Pramod Ch Deka, Head of KVK, Sonitpur on behalf of whole staff expressed his gratitude to ICAR for this award. He also duly acknowledged the able, dynamic and visionary leadership of the VC of AAU, Dr KM Bujarbaruah and the whole-hearted support from Dr HC Bhattacharyya, Director of Extension Education, AAU and Dr AK Tripathi, Director, Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute (ATARI), Zone VI, Guwahati for getting the award.