The University has planned to develop a well-structured programmes for extension education and transfer of technologies related to animal health, production, fisheries and value addition of dairy productsto the end users through its’ Directorate of Extension Education.
Village adoption program:
An animal welfare center will be established at village level to provide scientific and other inputs to develop it as a model village. Interventions result in improved productivity, reproductive fitness and reduced mortality/morbidity of the livestock. Also village adoption programme under the “Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav” programme of ICAR is also implemented in 10 adopted villages and activities are carried out.
Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav:
The Directorate of Extension Education has implemented the “Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav” initiated by ICAR. Under this scheme, two teams of Scientists from Dairy Science College, Amreli and Polytechnic in Animal Husbandry, Himmatnagar have adopted five villages. The activities like farmers meetings, survey, trainings are carried out by teams and reports are sent to the Director, Zone VIII, Pune by the Nodal Officer of the University.
Trainings/Workshops of varying durations are organized for professionals and livestock owners besides conducting seminars for dairy animals, small ruminants (sheep and goat), camel, poultry and fish farmers regularly.
The regional training and research centres with well-equipped audio-visual gadgets for effective communication are instrumental in dissemination and transfer of knowledge. Camps/ Melas/ Trainings are regularly conducted for adopting new practices and technologies by the farmers.
Field outreach activities:
Various extension educationactivities viz. Animal Welfare Camps, Expert Lectures/Technical guidance/Field days, Animal Husbandry Officers Workshop, Dairy Show, PashuPalanMelas, Regional PashuMelas, Farmers Advisory Service/Helpline, Livestock Shows, Dog shows are regularly organized. Also TV programmes are telecast and Radio programmes are broadcasted by the scientists of the University for the benefit of the farmers.
Useful farm literature for farmer’s arepublished such as: Magazines, Leaflets and Folders, Handbook on Scientific Animal Husbandry Practices, Dairy Farming, Goat Farming, Poultry Farming (English & Gujarati), KU handbook,“Kalarav” Newsletter, Course Syllabus for Diploma in Animal Husbandry, Regulations for Affiliation of Polytechnic in Animal Husbandry to KU, 2015 and Regulations for Affiliation of College of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry to KU, 2015.
“Gaudhuli” Bi-Monthly Magazine:
The Directorate of Extension Education regularly publishes a Bi-monthly Gujarati magazine “Gaudhuli” for farmers’ benefits. The RNI title verification has been done and the five issues are published so far.
Farmers’ advisory service:
Telephonic helpline in the Directorate of Extension Education under the motto “Ask Kamdhenu” already planned and executed.