Farm Innovators Experiences: Small Farmer-Happy Farmer
20 - 21th May 2012, Kanpur
In the Annual Zonal Workshop of 81 KVKs of Zone IV (U.P. and Uttarakhand), 14 Innovator Farmers of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh shared their innovative experiences.
The workshop was inaugurated by Dr. A.K. Bakshi, Vice Chancellor, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture and Technology, Meerut. He viewed that KVK is a very effective organization for technology testing and demonstration. He appreciated the initiatives of ICAR in providing support for diagnostic and minimal processing facilities and he advised for involving farmers groups at pilot basis in this activity. He also stressed for feedback documentation and its supply to researchers for further research.
Dr. A.K. Singh, Zonal Project Director highlighted the 12th plan initiatives like carp hatchery, diagnostics, integrated farming systems, rainwater harvesting, specialized KVKs, etc. to be taken up. Special mention was made about Farmer FIRST project, Farm Innovation Fund and the concept of e-farmers to be pursued in 12th plan and the role of KVKs in this context.
‘Small Farmer- Happy Farmer’ was one of the brightest reflections from the presentations made by the small farmers. Shri Sethpal Singh (Saharanpur) claimed higher income from vegetable cropping system and raising the organic carbon in the soil between 0.6 to 0.8. Similarly, Shri Azam Khan (Saharanpur) spoke on technique of managing old mango orchards and harvesting fruits (Chausa variety) valued up to Rs 37000 per plant annually. Shri Rajpal Singh (Saharanpur) another innovator shared his experiences of earning Rs. 2.4 lakh per ha from peach based system and up to Rs. 4 lakh per ha from litchi along with vegetables as inter crops.
Earlier, Dr. Babu Ram, Director Extension, SVPUAT welcomed the participants and stressed on enhancing cropping intensity, enhancing soil health and diversifying towards fruits and vegetables. Representatives of seven ICAR institutes, four SAUs, one central university and one deemed university participated in the workshop. Besides, one corporate sector- Tata Chemicals Ltd was invited for sharing technology application experiences.
(Source: ZPD, Zone IV)