TAMIL NADU

Krishi Vigyan Kendra to focus on animal husbandry

NAMAKKAL, NOV. 28. A new Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) of the Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS) has been established on the campus of the Veterinary College and Research Institute, Lathuvadi, near here, for the benefit of farmers, who have mostly opted for animal husbandry-linked farming in the region.

Funded by the Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR), the Namakkal KVK of the TANUVAS is the third in the State after those at Kaattupakkam near Chennai and Kundrakudi in Sivaganga district.

The ICAR has released Rs. 17.20 lakhs for this year for carrying on activities in the KVK.

Another Rs. 11.80 lakhs has been sanctioned for establishing a soil testing and water analysis laboratory under the aegis of the KVK.

`Learning by doing'

The main objectives of the KVK are organising short and long-term training courses in animal husbandry and other allied agricultural vocations with emphasis on ``learning by doing'' and organising training programmes to update the extension personnel with emerging advances. In addition, it will organise ``front line demonstrations'' to generate production data and feed back information and to conduct ``on-farm testing'' of location-specific use systems.

Certificate courses

It has also been planned to conduct certificate courses for the benefit of managers of poultry, cattle, and fish farms, according to the Associate Professor and Head, KVK, B. Mohan. Already, training on Japanese quality farming has been conducted for 50 women SHG members. Another batch of farmers has been trained on using ensilage of sugarcane tops as fodder for livestock at Oruvandur Pudur near Mohanur. Training on ornamental fish culture was given to SHG women at Kosavampatti, near here. The three programmes have been conducted since the inauguration of the KVK on October 13 last, according to Dr. Mohan.

The TANUVAS has allotted about 50 acres for the KVK on the Lathuvadi campus where model farms, sheds to house farm animals, an administrative building, laboratories, farm complex and quarters for trainees will be constructed in a phased manner, says Dr. Mohan. Farmers not just in Namakkal district, but those in the whole region will immensely benefit with the establishment of the new KVK.

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