AIP Organizes Kisan Mela to Connect with Resource-constrained Farmers
April 3-4, 2013 | Varanasi

In the course of over half a century, Indian farming has transformed from an occupation largely dependent on traditional practices to one supported by modern technology. Indian agricultural universities are a major part of this planned development aimed at delivering technologies conceived in research laboratories at the doorstep of the farmers, empowering them with knowledge and fostering growth. The Agricultural Innovation Partnership (AIP) has been a partner in this venture, supporting and enabling several agricultural universities in empowering farmers, largely through customized training and outreach programs.

In yet another significant step, AIP organized a farmer fair (kisan mela) in association with Banaras Hindu University (BHU) to disseminate information on improved crop production techniques using technology. The two-day program, conducted on 3-4 April 2013 in Varanasi, witnessed several stalls manned by students, experts and agriculturists from across the state of Uttar Pradesh providing useful information on agriculture and crop management to the farmers.

Attended by over 60 farmers from nearby villages, along with students, faculty and experts, the program shared information on hi-yielding seeds, latest technologies in agriculture, crop protection & yield enhancement techniques, fertilizer and pesticide use, natural resource optimization models, improved pest management techniques, etc. Targeting resource-constrained farmers, the students and agriculturists displayed several efficient agricultural and farming models on ways of lowering their costs and gaining a second income stream to lead happier and prosperous lives and eventually expand their operations.

Several resource-constrained farmers and disadvantaged producers interested in enhancing their incomes were helped by AIP with new ideas to ensure a motivated generation of farmers that will foster a strong agricultural sector to drive Indian economy and provide people with a secure and affordable food supply.

Dr. P. S. Naik, Director, Indian Institute of Vegetable Research, Varanasi was the chief guest for the program. Other eminent members at the program included Prof. Ravi Pratap Singh, Director, Institute of Agriculture Sciences (IAS), BHU; Prof. Arun Kumar Singh, IAS, BHU; Dr. Suresh D, Program Coordinator, Sathguru Management Consultants; Prof. Subedar Singh, Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, BHU and Prof. Harikesh Bahadur Singh, Dept. of Mycology and Plant Pathology, BHU.

Along with other dignitaries and faculty members, Dr. Naik surveyed each stall set up by students and agriculturists. There were several lectures followed by discussions with farmers on livelihood enhancement and improved crop production techniques.

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