Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) in Samrala of Ludhiana district in Punjab organized a Kisan Mela under Jal Shakti Abhiyan that featured an exhibition of different products and technical sessions on latest agricultural technologies on 3rd September, 2019. More than 1000 farmers and farm women participated in the event.
Shri Amrik Singh Dhillon (MLA Samrala) and Shri Pradeep Aggarwal (Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana) inaugurated the Mela by planting Kathal (Jackfruit) and Sukhchain plants in the KVK campus. They also inaugurated the fish pond by putting fish seeds, along with Smt. Geetika Singh, Sub Divisional Magistrate, Samrala, other dignitaries, scientists, farmers and farm women.
Welcoming the gathering, Associate Director (Training) KVK, Dr. S.C. Sharma outlined the objectives of the Kisan Mela. He also highlighted the advantages of paddy varieties recommended by the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) in terms of early maturing and water saving. This was followed by a demonstration of mechanical transplanting of paddy that saves labour cost; crop diversification model; kitchen gardening and nutritional gardening; guava orchard with micro irrigation; solar operated micro irrigation system and judicial use of water for fish farming under Integrated Farming system (IFS) as well as seed production of different crops.
Also speaking on the occasion the Deputy Commissioner of Ludhiana emphasized the need to adopt rainwater harvesting to recharge ground water and appealed to the gathering to adopt water saving technologies to save water for future generations as demonstrated at KVK. He stressed upon the importance and need to conserve water. He further appealed to the farmers to opt crop residue management with PAU recommended technologies to save the environment from the ill effects of residue burning. He called for more such Melas in different parts of the district to make the farming community aware about the alarming situation of depleting water table in the region.
Expressing similar sentiments, Shri Amrik Singh Dhillon, asked the KVK team to organize more such events to create awareness about natural resource conservation among farmers. He too motivated farmers to follow the recommendations of PAU, Ludhiana and establish linkages with KVK and Departments. He appealed to the farmers to adopt subsidiary occupations such as bee keeping, mushroom cultivation, stitching and tailoring and form Self Help Group (SHG) and farmer producer organizations (FPO) for better marketing of their products and to yield higher profits.
Dr. Baldev Singh Chief Agriculture Officer, Ludhiana urged farmers to save water, adopt recommended crop varieties, production and protection technologies and avail subsidies on CRM machinery at individual and group level.
Dr. Nilesh Biwalkar, Assistant Professor, Department of Soil and Water Engineering, PAU, Ludhiana highlighted water saving techniques at field and household level and emphasized the importance of micro irrigation systems.
Thereafter, Dr. Sharma led the dignitaries, KVK Scientists and representatives of state departments on field visits, highlighting the importance of water harvesting; demonstrating the KVK Rooftop Rain Water Harvesting Model (350 m2) that harvests 1.5 lakhs litres of water per annum.
During the course of the day, the guests visited the exhibitions organized by Ex-KVK trainees who formed Self Help Group (SHG) and farmer producer organizations (FPO), where group members exhibited different products. KVK Crop Residue Management (CRM) machinery bank and other companies displayed CRM machinery and equipment at the mela to motivate farmers to adopt in-situ residue management techniques.
During the technical sessions, different experts of Extension Education, Soil Science, Agricultural Engineering, Plant Protection, Home Science, Horticulture and Animal science gave brief highlights of all technologies and urged farmers to adopt the same, visit the KVK technology park and interact with experts for any problems related to their disciplines.
Also, about 500 fruit plants, forestry plants, vegetable kits, seeds of improved crop varieties and literature was made available to farmers.
Farmers showed much enthusiasm as they visited the technology park through a guided tour and saw various demonstrations.
Dr. Devinder Tiwari thanked all dignitaries, participants, press and media for attending the Kisan Mela and making the event successful.
Source: Dr. S. C. Sharma, Associate Director (Training), Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Samrala, Ludhiana