A Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Mela was organized at Jalesar village in Etah district of Uttar Pradesh on 3rd September, 2019. Over 3000 farmers attended the event and were apprised of latest technological interventions in farming and water conservation and provided information on agricultural schemes and subsidies they can avail of.
Topics covered during the event were – organic farming; use of saline resistant varieties; latest technological interventions in area of micro irrigation; allied activities such as poultry, livestock, horticulture; less water intensive crops and their demonstration; water conservation and other interventions.
Five progressive farmers shared their experiences, motivating others to upgrade their methods to derive benefits. Information was also provided about the Soil Health Card and its uses. The Soil Health Card scheme aims at promoting soil test based and balanced use of fertilisers to enable farmers to realise higher yields at lower cost. It will keep farmers informed about the appropriate amount of nutrients required for a certain crop depending on the quality of soil.
For any agricultural related problems, participants were given a point of contact for grievance redressal.
An exhibition and demonstration of agriculture and farmers welfare schemes was arranged on the grounds of the KVK Mela. Participants of the exhibition were the Departments of Fisheries, Horticulture, Soil conservation; KVK, Agriculture, Irrigation, Power and Minor irrigation.
Among the speakers were – Dr Virendra Singh (Soil Scientist), Dr Mishra (Organic Farming), Mr. Vijay Shankar (Deputy Director Agriculture), Dr Virendra Singh (Agri marketing), Mr Durbeen Singh (Progressive farming), District Agriculture Officer, Veterinary Officer, Mr. S.P Singh Baghel (Member of Parliament), MLA Rajendra Upadhyay, Secretay-Balwant Education Society, District Magistrate, and Chief Development Officer.
Others who attended the Mela were the local MP and MLA, the District Magistrate, SSP, Secretary Balwant education society, Pradhans of over 60 Gram Panchayats, over 20 progressive farmers and all district officials.