For thousands of years rural communities in India have depended on farming for their livelihood and for personal sustenance. Today, in the twenty-first century, the livelihood, prosperity and the well-being of these communities is alarmingly jeopardized and requires urgent intervention. The advent of market economy has made agriculture an unviable occupation. As a result, the sector is currently witnessing a phenomenon of multiple suicides by bankrupt and desperate farmers; which in recent years has assumed epidemic proportions. Statistics tell us that a farmer commits suicide in our country, Indebtedness being the primary reason. But, this debt is an upshot of poor yields accrued over a period of time aggravated by absence of appropriate crop management advice, unscientific cultivation practices, use of wrong, untimely, unnecessary, and excessive pesticides and fertilizers, poor market linkages; poor risk mitigation mechanisms, etc.
Indiscriminate and excessive use of pesticides and fertilizers leads to build up of disease and pest resistance and causes environmental pollution. It also leads to unacceptable levels of pesticide residue in the grass and grain affecting health of both animals and humans. Such negative impacts can be corrected through Integrated Nutrient and Pest Management (INPM). The KECT has initiated v-Agriprogramme to provide INPM services to farmers by utilizing the IT infrastructure at its disposal.
1 The programme addresses the following primary problems:
2 Inadequate extension support to farmers;
3 Declining soil fertility due to inappropriate/imbalanced nutrient use;
4 Increasing severity of pest and disease pressure;
5 Poor water management practices;
6 Post harvest losses;
7 Declining profits due to increasing production costs;
8 Unfavourable market linkages;
In short, this committee helps and supports the farmers to use different modern methods in the process of irrigation for a better cultivation and production. This committee plays an important role in the agricultural process like selection of land, providing good quality seeds, which chemicals have to use, growing right crops at the right time, providing modern irrigation equipments etc.
b. Vice Chairperson
Conducting the meetings for the particular Committee. Supervising, guiding and advising the committee members to run the Committee with discipline to achieve the goals as per the aims and objectives of the trust.
In the absence of the Chairperson the Vice-Chairperson will perform the duties of Chairperson.
To maintain the records of the committee, scheduling the meetings and communicating with the Committee members of all activities of the Committee for conducting meetings.
In absence of Secretary he/she will perform the duties of Secretary.
Maintenance of accounts, revenue and expenditure records.
Members shall attend the meetings and office on time to time based on the work given by the Committee. Members of the State Agriculture Committee shall be travelling anywhere in their respective State based on the project work needed.
1 Campaigns on various Agricultural policies.
2 Training/workshops on new interventions and technologies in agriculture.
3 Awareness creation on food security among the communities.
State Agriculture Committee will nominate District, Mandal, Taluk and the Village Agriculture Committees and monitor the activities of District/Mandal/Taluk/Village Agriculture Committees.
All the Agriculture Committees will work under the supervision, advice and guidance of the National Agriculture Committee. Members of Education Committee will be travelling in their respective States for approval, monitor the work at various levels assist the National Agriculture Committee.
The District/Mandal/Taluk/Village Agriculture Committees of the state will submit their report to the State Education Committee. The Agriculture Committees will collect all the required personal data like address proof, educational qualification, PAN card, IT returns, personal profile, social standing of the prospective members of the Committee. The State Agriculture Committee will submit the reports to the National Agriculture Committee.
All the records of meetings conducted along with minutes of the meeting and resolutions if any shall be in possession of Secretary. The quorum required to conduct the meetings is 2/3rd of the active members. The time period to conduct the meetings is at least once in a month.
All the office bearers have to attend the office everyday regularly to perform their duties.
Office expense to be shared equally by all the members of state committee and sub-committee.