M S Swaminathan Research Foundation in collaboration with Acharya N G Ranga Agriculture University (ANGRAU) organised a workshop at ANGRAU, Lam, Guntur district, on January 10-11, 2019, to promote Farming System for Nutrition (FSN) models in Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs), to address the problem of malnutrition. FSN is a model that entails mainstreaming the nutrition dimension in the design of the farming system based on locally available crop, animal husbandry resources and extant farming practices. MSSRF has been engaged in advocating the FSN approach in four states, Maharashtra, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Bihar. Taking the initiative forward, it is promoting the FSN approach in KVKs of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha with support from the Tata Trusts.
The objective of the workshop was to train scientists from three selected districts, viz. Reddipalli KVK in Ananthapur district, Rastakuntubai KVK in Vizianagaram district and Undi KVK in West Godavari in setting up FSN demonstration models on their respective campuses and train farmers to adopt in their own fields. Around 25 participants representing the three selected KVKs, Department of Extension and Regional Research Stations of ANGRAU attended the workshop.
The workshop was inaugurated by Dr. V. Damodara Naidu, Vice-Chancellor, ANGRAU. Dr. N.V. Naidu, Director of Research, Dr. Rambabu, Director of Extension, Dr. Uma Devi, Dean of Home Science, and Dr. Krishna Prasadji, Dean of Agriculture, were the other senior faculty members who participated in the workshop.
The technical session commenced with an introduction to the concept of FSN. The steps in the FSN design was explained, and information about the nutrition and agriculture situation in the selected districts was given by Drs. R.V. Bhavani, G. Anuradha and R. Gopinath, from the Agriculture, Nutrition and Health Programme area at MSSRF.
Participants were then divided into three groups representing the 3 KVKs and they were asked to develop an FSN model for the respective KVKs for the forthcoming Kharif season. Models were prepared by each group and presented for discussion. Dr. E Karunasree, horticulture expert and Programme Coordinator, KVK Venkataramannagudem, Dr. YSR Horticultural University, Dr T Suguna, Fishery expert and Principal Scientist & Head FRS, Undi, Sri Venkateswara University, and Dr Y Yugandar Kumar, animal husbandry expert and Programme Coordinator, KVK Lam, Guntur, ANGRAU, participated in the workshop and provided inputs to strengthen the FSN models proposed.
(Participants working in groups for preparing the FSN design)