Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Kerala Agricultural University,Regional Agricultural Research Station,Kumarakom PO, Kottayam 686 566,Kerala, INDIA.

V SAC Meeting- KVK


A Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) has been constituted to periodically review the activities of the KVK and to formulate the action plan. The SAC has reputed farmers of the region and representatives from various government departments among its members, and meets annually in presence of the Hon. Vice Chancellor and the Director of Extension, KAU, and the Zonal Co-ordinator, KVKs, Bangalore.

The fifth Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting of KVK Kottayam was held on 4th August 2009 at 10.30 a.m. in the Seminar Hall of Regional Agricultural Research Station (RARS), Kumarakom. The meeting was attended by 22 members. Shri. K.R. Viswambharan, I.A.S., Vice Chancellor of Kerala Agricultural University inaugurated the function which was presided over by Dr. M.K. Sheela, Director of Extension, KAU. Dr. K.J Joseph, Programme Co-ordinator, KVK welcomed the gathering. The Director of Research, Registrar and Director of Physical Plant attended the meeting as special invitees. Felicitation was offered by Dr. Sai Ram, Senior Scientist, ICAR, Bangalore and Dr. K.G. Padmakumar, Associate Director of Research, RARS, Kumarakom. Dr. Vandana Venugopal proposed a vote of thanks.

Dr. M.K Sheela , Director of Extension, in her presidential address emphasized the pivotal role of  Scientific Advisory committee in the speedy diffusion of technology to the farming community through KVK. She opined that increase in the net income generated at the farm level is more important than increase in crop yields.

The Vice Chancellor, Shri K. R Viswambharan in his inaugural address stressed upon the phenomenon of climate change and its indispensable influence on the cropping  pattern . He called upon the scientists and extension officers to keep their eyes and minds open to the possible implications of climatological changes and take up adaptive research to suit the needs of the farmer. He underlined the scope of agri based tourism ventures in the rural areas.


Dr Sai Ram, Senior Scientist from the Zonal Project Directorate Bangalore and Dr. Padmakumar, Associate Director, RARS, Kumarkom felicitated. He opined that KVK should modify their mandates such that farmers in the state are converted into agriprenuers, especially exploiting the tremendous scope for horticulture in Kerala. Dr. K.G. Padmakumar drew the attention of the house to the topical problem of productivity stagnation and area deceleration in food crops in Kerala agriculture.


In the scientific session that followed, Dr. K.J. Joseph presented the progress of activities of KVK, and the report for 2008-09. The subject matter specialists of KVK then presented the action plan for 2009-10, which included the OFTs and FLDs under the disciplines of Agronomy, Horticuture, Soil Science, Plant Protection, Aquaculture and Home Science. The meeting came to a close at 2 p.m.