ICAR initiates confidence building in Uttarakhand farmers

30th June, 2013, Musoorie

An interface with farmers was organized at Landour, Musoorie, Dehradun under the leadership of Dr. K.D. Kokate, Deputy Director General, Agricultural Extension on 30th June, 2013. Senior officials from ICAR head quarters; ICAR institutes; GBPUAT, Pantnagar and local public representative and NGO-Seaforth Centre for Culture and Himmat Gramin Sanstha participated in the interface. The specific issues raised by farmers were mainly- complete loss of crops, farm plots developed in terraces are washed away or deposited with landslides, animals are facing fodder scarcity; availability of seed, irrigation water, other farm inputs; transportation and marketing are major problems. The farmers were advised various options including sowing of alternate crops. Packets of 5 kg of pea- Pant Matar 3 were provided to each of the participating farmers to sow in the month of August. The farm literature was also distributed.

Dr. Kokate suggested stressing upon low-cost and no-cost technologies in the tragedy hit areas. In addition to crop and livestock based interventions, focus must go on fodder production, goat rearing, backyard poultry, mushroom, honey production. He also emphasized upon taking farmers to different nearby institutes and KVKs for skill development and confidence building.

Mrs Sujata Chauhan, President of Seaforth Centre for Culture suggested development of crop calendar for round the year production and regular farm income. Dr S.B. Singh, Director, Institute of Technology Development, Defence Ministry was forthcoming to adopt few villages and integrate efforts with the help of ICAR. Sri Jodh Singh, Ghanshola, local leader emphasized upon balance development, appropriate varieties for hills, low water requiring crops, focus on women and regular flow of per day income. Dr P.K. Mishra, Director, CSWCTRI, Dehradun and scientists of the institute suggested soil and water conservation practices, right terracing, water saving and judicious use of water and offered to train youths at institute and also shown successful project sites in villages. Dr A M Narula, ZPD, Zone-I stressed upon the need to encourage farmers for group marketing and take up processing and value addition of local products. Dr A K Singh, ZPD, Zone IV urged upon taking up resource conservation and poly house technologies and integrate small water harvesting tanks with fish production and protected vegetable cultivation and other enterprises Dr Y.P.S. Dabas, Director Extension, GBPUAT was of the opinion to focus on farm mechanization, soil testing and farm women related drudgery and security of nutrition and food. Dr S S Sngh, Programme Coordinator, KVK Dehradun welcomed the participants and raised possibility of enhancing yield of pea, onion, chillies and other vegetables in terrace farming.

(Source: ZPD, Zone-IV, Kanpur)