The Director of Extension looks after the outreach activities undertaken by the constituent Colleges, Polytechnics, Research stations and Krishi Vignan Kendras of the University for the benefit of the farming community. The Director of Extension prepares yearly budget required for the extension programmes of the University. He supervises off-campus programmes of the University dealing with farmers' cooperatives, Milk Unions, APDDCF, Private Dairies, Non-governmental Organizations etc., and organizes animal health camps, Kisan Melas and Training Programmes for the welfare of the farmers. He directs the development of information materials such as publications, films etc., for use in all phases of the extension work. The Faculty/Scientists of the University actively participate in extension activities and carry forward the research output/technological inputs/managemental and entrepreneurial skills to the needy end users.
The University was established with powers to provide instruction, training and research in Veterinary, Fisheries and Dairy sciences and to undertake the extension of advances in science and technology to the rural people of the State of Andhra Pradesh.
The University organizes trainings / refresher courses to up-date the knowledge of the farmers of the state, Gopala Mitras, Para-veterinarians and Veterinarians of state Animal Husbandry department, Faculty and students of state Agricultural universities. It also conducts short and long term courses to train trainers and brings out publications in vernacular language on new technologies and methods for the benefit of farmers.
Faculty & Scientists' Involvement in Extension Programs
The University in cooperation with Andhra Pradesh Dairy Development Cooperative Federation, Private Dairies, Animal Husbandry Department, NGOs etc. organizes and conducts gynecological camps to diagnose and treat infertility cases in farm animals. The faculty and students actively participate in regional cattle fairs and also organize Kisan Melas to educate farmers. Important occasions like World Environment Day, International Yoga day, Zoonoses day, World AIDS day and World Veterinary day etc. are celebrated with wide publicity to educate the public about the importance of the profession and the measures to be adopted to overcome the risk associated with zoonotic diseases. The faculty develops suitable content in vernacular language on different livestock production and management topics and publishes them in form popular articles, news papers, pamphlets, charts etc. The faculty also broadcasts programmes in All India Radio and telecasts programmes in Doordarshan and other private TV channels for the benefit of farmers and also participates in Phone-in-live programmes.
Ambulatory Clinics & Adopted Villages
The veterinary colleges at Tirupati, Gannavaram and Proddatur are provided with Mobile Clinics that cater to the needs of emergency treatment of ailing /immobile animals / sick animals in remote areas.
Each college adopts a village nearby and takes up all activities for development of the village through Livestock Development Programmes / Awareness rallies on issues of socio economic importance / conducting literacy programmes etc.
Centre for Continuing Veterinary Education
As per the Academic Council Resolution of SVVU, No. 338 dated 08.01.2013 and Board of Management Resolution No.1076 dated 31.01.2013, it was approved to create a Centre for Continuing Veterinary Education and Communication (CCVE) to look after the Training Programmes, Publications and Information activities based at Administrative Office, SVVU, Tirupati under the control of Director of extension with the following objectives.
- To impart trainings for farmers of the state, para-vets and field veterinarians of state
- Animal Husbandry department, students and faculty of state agricultural universities.
- To publish annual reports, newsletters and accreditation reports of the University.
- Publication of information materials and maintaining database at University level.
- To maintain information centre at University level.
Information Centers & Consultancy Services
The University maintains Information Center's at constituent colleges as well as at University which attracts many visitors and educate the farmers to gain knowledge on various aspects of livestock health, production, management and marketing etc. Information Kiosk is placed at every information center that provides vital information to farmers on all species of livestock on any aspect that is required by the viewers.
Apart from the activities mentioned above, the faculty also offers consultancy services to bankers, insurance companies, state government departments, private entrepreneurs, farmers etc., on economics of livestock production, feed formulation, animal evaluation, preparation of project reports and feasibility reports for developing livestock production as an enterprise.
Integrated Action Plan for Farmers
The University caters to health cover of livestock, poultry and fisheries in the State through disease investigations, laboratory diagnosis, mass health camps and farm visits. The faculty play a key role in identification and isolation of the causative agent and suggesting preventive measures through extension services. The students and faculty actively participate in animal health camps as a part of NSS activity.
The Colleges and Livestock farms of the University supply surplus animals/birds/ fish as superior germ plasm to farmers for improving the livestock Production and productivity in the villages. The staff are actively involved in Rythu Chaithanya Yatras, Rythu sadassus and Polam pilustondi programmes implemented by the State govt. and an action plan for farmers is prepared with salient features such as establishment of information and communication centers, conduct of state level and district level workshops, training farmers on animal health, clean milk production, Fodder cultivation, poultry production and Aquaculture.
Krishi Vignan Kendra
Krishi Vigyan Kendra was established at LAM, Guntur with aid from Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) which started functioning from 13-2-2012 in an area of 59.21 acres of land with an objective to impart need-based and skill-oriented vocational training to the practicing farmers, in-service extension personnel and to those who wish to go for self-employment through "learning by doing".
Core Areas of research:
- On-farm trials
- Frontline demonstrations
- Training programmes
- To conduct farm trials and demonstrations to farmers, unemployed youth, SHG women on agriculture and allied sectors
- To impart trainings on need based and cost effective technologies
- To diffuse technologies all rural clientele.