Press Esc to close
Friday 31 October 2014
News updated at 1:08 PM IST
Weather
Max: 28.4°C
Min : 18°C
In Bangalore
Partially cloudy

India set to open agri centre in South Africa

New Delhi, October 17, 2012, DHNS:

India is all set to open up its first offshore agriculture extension centre in Africa, which will help local farmers adapt to new seeds and other technologies for crop improvement.

The maiden overseas Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) of the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) may be opened in South Africa within a few months, though the final decision will be taken after the finalisation of 12th plan, sources told Deccan Herald.

The KVK will help familiarise local farmers on the benefits of new seeds and livestock and advise them that adopting to new technologies would benefit them economically.


The ICAR currently funds 630 KVKs all over the country for aiding farmers. These centres are housed in ICAR institutes, state agriculture universities and non-governmental organisations. Each has 5-8 staff members depending on the need.

A year and a half ago, a KVK in the Namakkal district of Tamil Nadu conducted a training programme for Africa. The programme was attended by participants from Nigeria, Sudan, Namibia, Ethiopia, Zambia, Mali, Ghana and Kenya. The training was broadly on livestock and poultry services.

Setting up of its first overseas KVK was another mark of increasing global prominence for Indian farm research. In the last two months, three international meetings on agriculture with BRICS, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and Asia-Pacific countries gave a new outlook to agriculture research, which often comes under criticism.

While the BRICS meeting in August focused on new strategies for grain and cash crops as well as fisheries and animal products, the Asia-Pacific conference was on trans-boundary threats like Ug-99, a new disease that threatens wheat crop in Africa and Asia.

The cooperation with Asean nations includes several joint projects on fisheries, post-harvest loss and biotechnology.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Security personnel patrol a street after a protest by the supporters of Jammu and Kashmir...

Security personnel patrol a street after a protest by the supporters of Jammu and Kashmir...

India A players Rohit Sharma and Manish Pandey during a practice match against Sri Lanka...

India A players Rohit Sharma and Manish Pandey during a practice match against Sri Lanka...

Indian Air Force officers arrive at the Gateway of India after swimming for a distance...

Indian Air Force officers arrive at the Gateway of India after swimming for a distance...

The Navy hovercraft carrying West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to Sagar Island...

The Navy hovercraft carrying West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to Sagar Island...

A Rajasthani herder with his cows in Gurgaon...

A Rajasthani herder with his cows in Gurgaon...

Devotees wait for the Sun to offer prayers, during Chhath Puja festival in Agra...

Devotees wait for the Sun to offer prayers, during Chhath Puja festival in Agra...

Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik creates a sand sculpture on Black Money with a message...

Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik creates a sand sculpture on Black Money with a message...

BJP workers arrange the cut-outs of party symbol (lotus) to decorate the boats at the Marine...

BJP workers arrange the cut-outs of party symbol (lotus) to decorate the boats at the Marine...

A police man investigates the tunnel dug up by the robbers in Gohana bank heist, in Sonipat...

A police man investigates the tunnel dug up by the robbers in Gohana bank heist, in Sonipat...

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan sweeps in a stree during a cleanliness drive as a part...

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan sweeps in a stree during a cleanliness drive as a part...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523