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Orientation Workshop on “Attracting & Retaining Youth in Agriculture”

30th June 2019, ICAR-ATARI, Kanpur

One day Orientation workshop on “Attracting & Retaining Youth in Agriculture (ARYA)” of 10 KVKs (Muzaffarnagar, Saharanpur, Basti, Varanasi, Gorakhpur-I, Lucknow, Deoria, Ghazipur, Pratapgarh & Kaushambi) was organized on 29/06/2019 at ICAR-ATARI, Kanpur. At the outset Dr. S.K. Dubey PS (AE), welcome all the participants and shared the origin of ARYA project at Country level initially with 25 districts. Considering the encouraging results of this project in 2019, 100 KVKs are included in this project. All income generating enterprises are selected as the intervention in this project. In every ARYA project 200 youth covering different enterprises are to be covered. Dr. Atar Singh Director ICAR-ATARI, Kanpur said that rural youth migration is growing from villages to city every day. ARYA project shall help to halt such migration of rural youth by developing enterpenureship among them. KVKs are to apply need based location specific interventions in ARYA Proj ect for entrepreneurship development rather than the traditional demonstration of technology among youth. In Uttar Pradesh 10 KVKs have been sanctioned ARYA project which represent different host institutions namely SVPUAT, Meerut (2 KVKs); NDUAT, Faizabad (3 KVKs); ICAR institutes (2 KVKs) and NGO (3 KVKs), Dr Atar Singh further added..

Thereafter, presentation was made by the KVK, Muzaffarnagar which is implementing the project since the year 2016-17. Dr. PK Singh, Head shared his experiences and mode of operation for making these projects a successful. KVK Muzaffarnagar is implementing there enterprises namely beekeeping, poultry and mushroom cultivation with their respective coverage of 14 youths, 102 youths and 61 youths. However, except for honey bee production, the numbers of youth have been dropped also considerably in poultry (32%) and mushroom (50%). All the three scientists from KVK Muzaffarnagar shared their experiences for the benefit of other new KVKs who were attending this workshop. The successful cases of few farmers in every enterprises were also presented for the benefit of other participants.

After the thorough discussion, other KVKs were also asked to present their action plan, time frame and strategies to implement ARYA project in most effective manner. At the end, the entire programme was summed up by Dr Sadhna Pandey, PS (H.Sc. Exten.) with her concluding remarks and the workshop was then closed.