Udupi: The Zonal Agricultural and Horticultural Research Station, Brahmavar under the jurisdiction of University of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, Shivamogga is organising a two-day “Krishimela” on October 27 and 28 in collaboration with Agricultural Diploma College, Brahmavar, ICAR-Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Brahmavar, Agricultural and Horticultural Research Station, Ullal, Directorate of Cashew and Cocoa Development, Cochin, Department of Agriculture, Horticulture, Watershed Department, Animal Husbandry, Sericulture, Fisheries and Forestry Udupi; SKDRDP, Udupi, Canara Bank, Brahmavar and Vijaya Rural Development Foundation, Mangaluru.
Addressing a press meet at the Udupi Press Club, Associate Director of Research/Extension, ZAHRS, Brahmavar, S. U. Patil said that the main objective of this Mela is to transfer the latest agricultural technologies through demonstrations, interactive seminars, discussions, field visits and exhibition of various entrepreneurs. In general, this is the festival of farmers and this Mela will provide a platform to the farmers to solve their problems.
The Mela will be inaugurated by district Deputy Commissioner Priyanka Mary Francis and the Agricultural exhibition by Vice Chancellor, UAHS, Shivamogga, Dr. M.K. Naik. The Yantra Mela will be inaugurated by the Chief Executive Officer the Zilla Panchayath, Shivananda Kapashi. The programme will be witnessed by Officer of UAHS, Shivamogga, Dr. P. Narayanaswamy, Registrar, Dr. T.H. Gowda, Director of Extension, Dr. B.R. Gurumurthy, Director of Research. Progressive Farmers Bantakal Ramakrishna Sharma, B.V. Poojary, Gunapal Kadamba, Sathish Kumar Shetty and Shambhu Shankar Rao will grace the occasion.
During the Krishimela, the organisers have arranged field visits to various IFS component units in addition to exhibition stalls. On the first day, in the afternoon session, a seminar on “Scientific Cultivation of Cashew, Cocoa, Pepper and other plantation crops” has been arranged. Seminars on “Integrated farming system for higher returns” and “Mechanization and technologies for reducing the cost of cultivation in paddy crop” have been arranged on the second day. The aforementioned seminars will be delivered by the eminent scientists of UAHS, Shivamogga, scientists of other elite national institutes and progressive farmers. During the Krishimela, farmers can also interact with scientists freely to clarify their problems.
In addition to this, about 150 entrepreneurs are expected to put up their stalls to showcase the modern agricultural technologies and advanced farm machinery. The organizers have requested the farmers to participate in large numbers and avail the benefits of the Mela.
As many as 150 stalls will be at the exhibition on the mela grounds. Other attractions include fodder production for dairy animals through hydrophonics; high yielding varieties of rice and seed production; preparation of Dapog nursery and SRI method of cultivation, among others.