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KVK Ludhiana organized Kisan Mela under Jal Shakti Abhiyan 03-09-2019

Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Samrala organized Kisan Mela under Jal Shakti Abhiyan on 3 September 2019 at KVK, Samrala. Sh. Amrik Singh Dhillon, Honorable MLA (Samrala), Sh. Pradeep Aggarwal, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana and Smt. Geetika Singh, PCS, SDM, Samrala graced the occasion as Chief Guest and Guest of Honors. Dr. S.C. Sharma, Associate Director (Trg.), KVK welcomed guests and other dignitaries and briefed the purpose of Kisan Mela. He along with dignitaries, KVK Scientists & state departments conducted field visits and highlighted the importance of water harvesting and showed the KVK Rooftop Rain Water Harvesting Model (350 m2) that harvests 1.5 lakhs litres of water per annum. Sh. Amrik Singh Dhillon, MLA and Sh. Pradeep Aggarwal inaugurated Mela by planting Kathal (Jackfruit) and Sukhchain plants in KVK campus. Dr. Sharma highlighted the advantages of PAU recommended paddy varieties in terms of early maturing and water saving, demonstration of mechanical transplanting of paddy that saves labour cost, crop diversification model, kitchen gardening & nutritional gardening, guava orchard with micro irrigation, solar operated micro irrigation system & judicial use of water for fish farming under Integrated Farming system (IFS) as well as seed production of different crops. Sh. Pradeep Aggrawal, Deputy Commissioner & Sh. Amrik Singh Dhillon, MLA along with other dignitaries, scientists, farmers and farmwomen inaugurated fish pond at KVK by putting fish seeds. The guests visited the exhibitions organized by Ex-KVK trainees who formed Self Help Group (SHG) and farmer producer organization (FPO) and group members exhibited their different products. KVK Crop Residue Management (CRM) machinery bank and different companies displayed CRM machinery and equipment at Kisan mela to motivate the farmers to adopt in-situ residue management techniques.

Addressing the occasion Sh. Pradeep Aggarwal, IAS Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana emphasized on rainwater harvesting to recharge ground water and appealed the gathering to adopt water saving technologies to save water for future generation as demonstrated at KVK. He stressed on importance & need of conserving water and appreciated & congratulated the KVK team in organizing successful Mela in which more than 1000 farmers & farm women participated. He further appealed the farmers to go for crop residue management with PAU recommended technologies to save environment from ill effects of residue burning. He also emphasized that such kind of Melas need to be organized in different parts of district to make farming community aware regarding alarming situation of depleting water table in the region.

Sh. Amrik Singh Dhillon, MLA, Samrala appreciated the work done at KVK and motivated team to organize such events for creating awareness of natural resource conservation among the farmers. He motivated the farmers to follow the recommendations of PAU, Ludhiana and establish linkages with KVK and Departments. He appealed the farmers to adopt subsidiary occupation such as bee keeping, mushroom cultivation, stitching & tailoring and form Self Help Group (SHG) and farmer producer organization (FPO) for better marketing of their products & high profits. Dr. Baldev Singh CAO, Ludhiana urged the farmers to save water, adopt recommended crop varieties and production & protection technologies and avail subsidies on CRM machinery at individual & group level. Dr. Nilesh Biwalkar, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Soil and Water Engineering, PAU, Ludhiana highlighted water saving techniques at field and household level and emphasized on micro irrigation system.

Technical session also conducted in which different experts of Extension Education, Soil Science, Agricultural Engineering, Plant Protection, Home Science, Horticulture and Animal science gave brief highlights of all technologies & urged the farmers for adoption and visit the KVK technology park and to interact with experts for any problems related to their discipline. During the Kisan Mela about 500 fruit plants, forestry plants, vegetable kits, seed of improved crop varieties, literature made available to the farmers. Farmers showed much enthusiasm by visiting the technology park through guided tour to various demonstrations. At the end Dr. Devinder Tiwari thanked all the dignitaries, participants, press and media for attended Kisan Mela and making Mela a successful event.


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