Technology Dissemination and Income Improvement Activities (TDIIA) Phase-II
March 12, 2013 | Hastinapur, Uttar Pradesh
Technology Dissemination and Income Improvement Activity- Phase II
Among its several initiatives to alleviate poverty among the rural populace in the Indo-Gangetic Plains, the Technology Dissemination and Income Improvement Activities (TDIIA) are one of the tools that the Agricultural Innovation Partnership (AIP) has adopted to improve the productivity of the Indian farmers by introducing new farming techniques.

TDIIA aims to improve the yield, income and livelihood of the resource-constrained farmers in the Indo-Gangetic Plains by imparting training and helping them to ally-optimally use the available natural resources. Towards this end, in alliance with Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Hastinapur; Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture and Technology (SVPUA&T) and Tata Chemicals Limited (TCL), AIP conducted a one-day training program for farmers, which involved students, faculty, staff and agricultural experts from KVK, Hastinapur and KVK, Baghra; SVPUA&T and TCL.

After the successful completion of Phase I, II & III of TDIIA in various districts of Uttar Pradesh last year, this year the program successfully completed phase IV on 12 March 2013 at Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Hastinapur, Uttar Pradesh. The farmers were trained on enhancing the production of sugarcane. More than 100 farmers from Hastinapur and its surrounding areas; KVK officials; 20 officials from TCL; Mawana and Tikola Sugar Mill officials and 8 final year students attended the program. Since the program focused on enhancing sugarcane production, the participation of sugar mill officials in the program helped the farmers gain crucial insights into the critical aspects related to post-harvest techniques. This included aspects related to minimizing loss during storage, management and transportation.

Dr. Omveer Singh, the Coordinator of the program welcomed the participants and Prof. Ashok Kumar, Dept. of Soil Science, SVPUA&T, Meerut briefed the participants on the significance of the program as well as the critical role that the sugarcane crop plays in supporting thousands of families in Uttar Pradesh. After the brief thematic introduction, the farmers were handed over questionnaires for filling- in pre-training information on the current knowledge that they possessed on sugarcane. Ms. Sang Lee, USAID Agreement Officer Representative, interacted with representatives from TCL, Tikola and Mawana sugar mills and KVK scientists and took stock of the constraints and issues faced by the sugarcane farmers as well as the extension workers who actively work with the farmers in their fields.

During the course of the program, the sugarcane farmers were imparted technical education training through several presentations and discussions on enhancing sugarcane production using simple natural resource management techniques. The farmers were also trained on better, more effective approaches on sowing, choosing and planting better crop varieties, fertilizer dosage, etc. Dr. R. C. Verma, SMS, Plant Protection, KVK, Baghra discussed integrated pest management, a broad based approach to control insects and pests, while underlining several techniques to prevent major diseases in sugarcane. Mr. A. L. Yadav, Scientist, TCL briefed the participants on PARAS formula, an innovative crop-and region-specific customized fertilizer brought by Tata, useful in enhancing production. The experts discussed how inadequate and indiscriminate use of fertilizers harms the soil. An interactive session, aimed at dealing with the issues that farmers face in enhancing crop production and management during the crop life cycle, was held between the agricultural experts and the farmers. The session was a witness to several critical queries and concerns raised by the farmers to share their experiences and constraints while cultivating sugarcane.

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