Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) of Faridkot organized a massive Kisan Mela under the guidance of the Directorate of Extension Education, Punjab Agriculture University (PAU), Ludhiana on 9th August, 2019. The KVK Mela that is intended to promote efficient water use for irrigation (Per Drop More Crop) and better choice of crops for water conservation is one of the special intervention areas of the Jal Shakti Abhiyan (JSA) that is currently underway across the country.
During the campaign, officers, groundwater experts and scientists from the Government of India will work together with state and district officials in India’s most water-stressed districts for water conservation and water resource management by focusing on accelerated implementation of five target interventions: Water conservation and rainwater harvesting; Renovation of traditional and other water bodies/tanks; Reuse and recharge structures; Watershed development; and Intensive afforestation.
The event held in Sabzi Mandi of Faridkot saw the participation of Shri Charanjit Singh, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development who was in the district from 9th to 11th August to initiate JSA activities. Others present on the occasion were Shri K. Saurabh Raj, Deputy Commissioner, Faridkot; Dr. G. S. Buttar, Additional Director Extension Education, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana; and other district officials.
Significantly, a large number of women participated in event during which lectures were delivered by experts in the field of resource conservation for sustainable agriculture.
The main focus of the event was to create awareness among the farmers about conservation of the valuable water resource. This inter alia includes less water consuming alternative crops such as cotton, Arhar, opting for short duration variety of paddy; irrigation practice with less water consumption and fruit tree cultivation, among others.
Various Departments and progressive farmers organized an exhibition on the site on best practices; while the Punjab Agricultural University organized a mobile exhibition.
The JSA team found that a large amount of ground water is drawn by farmers through water pumps for agricultural purposes especially paddy cultivation which has created water stress in the area.
According to them Information, Education and Communication (IEC) can play a vital role in achieving the objectives of Jal Shakti Abhiyan. However, a well structured and sustained plan is essential.