23rd December, 2018
ICAR Institutes and Krishi Vigyan Kendras throughout the country celebrated Kisan Diwas (Farmer’s Day) today as a part of action plan for Swachhata Pakhwada (16th-31st December, 2018)
Kisan Diwas is celebrate every year to commemorate birth anniversary of the 5th Prime Minister of India, Shri Chaudhary Charan Singh.
This year also it was celebrated with spirit and vigour of farmer fraternity by inviting the farmers of nearby villages of the Institutes and KVKs. Kisan Goshthis were organized in which the scientists and farmers shared the knowledge on various aspect of farming. Lectures were organized on Vermicomposting, Apiculture, Mushroom Production, Dairy Farming, Clean Milk Production, and Nutrient Management. The scientists visited the farmers’ field and shared importance of micro irrigation, crop diagnostics, organic farming, composting of biodegradable waste management and integrated pest management and precautions to be taken before and after spraying of pesticides/chemicals/insecticides. Participation of women farmers was also noticeable and was appreciated by the scientists. Both men and women farmers’ shared their experiences of farming and made the scientists aware about the problems faced by them while adopting the new technologies.
Some of the major activities undertaken on Kisan Diwas were:
- ICAR-Indian Institute of Water Management, Bhubaneshwar made the farmers aware about the negative effects of obnoxious weed ‘Parthenium sp.’ in the form of respiratory and skin diseases and were motivated to remove this weed from the village surroundings. The seed of crops like greengram, sunflower, brinjal, okra, ridgegourd and cucumber and mango saplings were also distributed to beneficiary farmers under ICAR-IWMI.
- Director, ICAR –Directorate of Weed Research, Jabalpur suggested some precautions to be taken before and after spraying of pesticides/chemicals/insecticides.
- At National Bureau of Soil Survey & Land Use Planning, Nagpur the farmers were felicitated with gamucha and they spoke about the problems regarding the proper usage of the pesticides, urea etc.
- armers were given different vegetable seeds for rabi season at KVK Hazaribag.
- At ICAR-Central Institute of Sub tropical Horticulture, Lucknow farmers were made aware about the importance of nutri-gardens, composting at village level and vermicompost preparation for income generation. A Kisan Samman Diwas was also organized to congratulate farmers for their appreciable efforts in farming. The certificates were distributed by Director of the Institute and farmers were selected to act as the ambassadors of cleanliness in adopted villages.
- Live demonstration of mushroom cultivation on agro-wastes to generate extra income and save the environment from pollution caused by burning of agro-wastes was given by ICAR-Directorate of Mushroom Research, Solan.
- AT ICAR-NAARM the day was aimed to bring an interface between students (future pillars) and farmers, linking past, present and future. On a strong premise of “Seeing is believing” about 40 students consisting of 28 girls and 10 boys from Krishi High School of PJTSAU, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad were taken on exposure cum interface visit to innovative farmer’s field. The farmer Shri. Hari Babu of Ameerpet village of Maheshwaram Mandal, R.R.District is cultivating 90+ fruit crops in his 10 acres of land. A strong believer is natural and organic farming, Mr. Hari Babu uses only organic based critical inputs for cultivation, moving towards ever green revolution. The students interacted with the farmer in his farm knowing the facts.
(Source: Respective Institutes)