There should be convergence of the efforts of all the institutions working for the welfare of the farmers, said M.V. Rao, Director General, National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD).

Speaking at a seminar on “Futuristic Agricultural Extension for Livelihood Improvement and Sustainable Development” at the Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University here, Dr. Rao extended an open invitation to the scientists of ANGRAU to work in collaboration with NIRD. He also said that Geoinformatics was an important area which was helping the farmers in raising productivity. Dr. Rao said that rural development is part of our lives and there was no rural development without agricultural development. Though several organisations were working for the benefit of the farmers, the public institutions play a key role in uplifting the farmers, he felt.

V. Nagireddy, Principal Secretary, Panchayat Raj and Vice-Chancellor, ANGRAU in his presidential address said that the Green Revolution was started 50 years ago and we are able to have 80 percent of the food grain reserves now in India. Extension played a vital role in creating awareness to the farmers in various fields, he said.

Extension activities

In his keynote address, K.D. Kokate, DDG, (Agricultural Extension) ICAR, New Delhi highlighted the various extension activities carried out by the ICAR and State agricultural universities through different extension units. He narrated the different production and productivity levels of different farming systems, situation wise in different states.

The Director of Extension and the Chairman of the National Seminar, P. Gidda Reddy also spoke.

A innovative woman farmer Mythili from Ambagipet in East Godavari was felicitated as the best innovative farmer on the occasion. The International journal of extension education and the Asian journal of extension education were also released.

R. Ravikanth Reddy