State agriculture department on Tuesday organised a training camp for farmers at Manuke village to educate farmers about the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) technology, which would help them to grow better quality crops in an eco-friendly manner.
Advising farmers to use the recommended dose of fertilisers on the crops, chief agricultural officer Sukhdev Singh said, "Farmers, while trying to protect their plants, use pesticides indiscriminately, but do not realise high profits in terms of yield, as it adversely affects market acceptability of the seed, crop profitability and ecology of the area. The programme would guide farmers regarding treatment of basmati seeds and seedlings and crop monitoring."
The department, concerned over the declaration of three of the five revenue blocks in the district and its adjoining areas in the heartland of the Malwa belt as 'dark zones' for rapid depletion of the water table, has started training camps for farmers to help them diversify crops and thus save water.
Some progressive farmers exhibited home-made food products on the occasion.