29th April, 2020, Rahuri, Maharashtra
The Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth (MPKV), Rahuri organized the “Online Orientation Training for Farmers” under the Farmers’ FIRST Project today.
Dr. K.P. Viswanatha, Vice-Chancellor, MPKV, Rahuri said that the farmers particularly, those growing horticultural crops have been affected due to the lockdown. But, in spite of this situation, some of the farmers have overcome the crisis through direct marketing of farm produce through the online mode. He emphasized on making the effective use of social media for meeting the marketing challenges. Dr. Viswanatha also urged the farmers to maintain social distancing and personal hygiene for combating the spread of the COVID-19 disease.
Dr. Lakhan Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Pune emphasized on strengthening the interface among the farmers, extension functionaries and scientists. He opined on covering all the categories of farmers including landless farmers and accordingly planning the interventions and agro-based enterprises. He stressed on giving more attention to retain the Youth in the villages by enrolling them into onsite input management related activities.
Dr. S.R. Gadakh, Director (Research & Extension Education), MPKV, Rahuri urged the farmers for replicating the integrated farming system model as being effectively implemented under the Farmers’ FIRST Programme. Dr. Gadakh accentuated that the online training programme would boost the farmers’ confidence in the present situation of pandemics.
The senior officials of ICAR Institutes and State Agricultural Department participated in the online training programme.
The Innovative farmers - Shri Hemant Suryavanshi, Shri Pravin Patil and Shri Dnyaneshwar Wakchaure also shared their marketing experiences (Farm to Consumers) regarding the sale of grapes, poultry birds and tomato processing, etc.
Around 50 farmers of Chinchvihire, Kangar and Manori villages participated in the programme.
(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Pune, Maharashtra)