29th April 2014, Jabalpur
Directorate of Weed Science Research (DWSR), Jabalpur organized an Interface Meeting of progressive farmers with state department officers and scientists on 29th April, 2014.
In his introductory remarks, Dr. A.R. Sharma, Director, DWSR gave an overview of the activities and initiatives taken for strengthening weed management through on farm research and organizing training/awareness programmes. He also highlighted the role of conservation agriculture for sustainable crop production.
Dr. V.P. Singh, Principal Scientist, (Agronomy) highlighted the importance of weed management in different field crops. Shri H.S. Bisen, Principal Scientist (Agricultural Engineering) made a presentation on mechanical weed management, spraying techniques and maintenance of farm implements.
Shri B.P. Tripathi, Joint Director (Agriculture), Jabalpur Division presented the outline of different agricultural development programmes initiated by Government of Madya Pradesh for the welfare of farmers.
Shri Rajesh Tripathi, Project Director, Umaria appraised about System of Mustard Intensification (SMI) and informed that the farmers of the district are harvesting an yield of 40-45 q/hectare.
Shri J.M. Thakre, DDH, Chhindwara briefed the audience about the activities of National Horticulture Mission and different developmental programmes initiated by the Governmet of Madhya Pradesh.
Shri Amitabh Tiwari, Deputy Director (Agriculture), Rewa informed about the different schemes and programmes for the welfare of farmers. He also showed the polythene based marker for facilitating SRI transplanting.
Shri Jitendra Singh, Project Director, ATMA, Katni shared the success story of sweet corn cultivation of Katni district where farmers are earning about Rs. 70,000 to 80, 000 per acre.
Shri A.K. Khare, Joint Director (Horticulture), Jabalpur Division; Shri S.K. Chourasia, Divisional Agricultural Engineer, Jabalpur; and Shri Rajesh Tiwari, Divisional Agricultural Engineer, Satna were also present on the occasion.
Lively interaction between officers and farmers followed the session.
120 progressive farmers, 40 officers of state department of agriculture, horticulture and agricultural engineering from 13 districts of Jabalpur, Rewa and Satna Divisions of Madhya Pradesh, and 16 scientists from DWSR participated in the meeting.
A field visit to experimental area of DWSR was organized to show demonstrations of summer green gram under conservation agriculture. Improved farm machinery such as multi-crop zero-till seed drill, bed planter, Happy Seeder, laser land leveler, tractor operated sprayer with boom, paddy drum seeder and other farm implements were also demonstrated in working condition. DWSR provided the packets of Sesbania seeds to the representatives of different districts.
Dr. P.K. Singh, Principal Scientist (Agricutural Extension) coordinated the programme.
(Source: DWSR, Jabalpur)