20th March, 2015, Lucknow
ICAR-Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow organized ‘Technology and Machinery Demonstration Mela’ on March 20, 2015. The Mela was inaugurated by the Chief Guest, Dr. U.S. Gautam, Zonal Project Director, Zone IV, ICAR. In his address, Dr. Gautam terming present era as ‘Kalyug’, explained that this is era of machinery. He stressed the need of taking the developed implements and machinery to the farmers without any delay as well as to become aware of the effects of climate change. Dr. Gautam emphasized on the development of machinery for small farmers to make the mechanization affordable to them. Highlighting the potential of machineries developed at IISR, Lucknow and their benefits, Dr. O.K. Sinha, Director, ICAR-IISR pointed out that there is an urgent need for Government support in terms of providing enabling policy environment for speedier dissemination of these farm machineries.
Apart from manufacturers, designers, scientists, extension officials of KVKs (Lucknow, Unnao, Sitapur and Lakhimpur Kheri) engineers, planners and policy makers, more than eight hundred farmers from Lucknow, Unnao, Sitapur, Shahjahanpur, Barabanki and Lakhimpur Kheri attended the Mela.
Farm machinery developed for mechanization of sugarcane agriculture and jaggery manufacturing technology was exhibited and explained to the farmers. Live demonstrations of machineries were also performed. Field demonstration of sugarcane planter, trench planter with subsurface drip laterals lying and sugarcane intercropping planter were among the major attractions.
(Source: ICAR-Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow)