Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has said that the Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) must act as a bridge between scientists and farmers in providing knowledge and latest farming techniques to farmers.

The Vice President was addressing the gathering after visiting the Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) in Baramati, Maharashtra, on Friday.

Naidu asked KVKs across the country to play an active role in making agriculture remunerative by training farmers in allied sectors like sericulture, diary, poultry, fisheries, seed processing and others.

Naidu said that improving the livelihood of people dependent on agriculture must be made top priority. People living in rural areas must be part of the development and there is a need to establish a regular dialogue between farmers, policy makers and scientists, he added.

Describing the KVK, Baramati, as a role model for agriculture research centres, he said that it is helping in empowering rural youth.

Among others, the Vice President visited the Centre of Excellence for Vegetables (an Indo-Dutch Project) and enquired about the technological advancements in vegetable farming.

Naidu also visited different facilities at KVK and also interacted with students at Atal Tinkering Lab.