Advice to farmers on increasing crop yield
FOLLOWING RECOMMENDATIONS by scientists, Agriculture College dean Dr SS Tomar has advised the farmers to increase crop yield. He was speaking at the concluding ceremony of the two-day agriculture fair organised by National Research Centre for Soybean (NRCS) on Khandwa Road today.india Updated: Apr 23, 2006 13:59 IST
FOLLOWING RECOMMENDATIONS by scientists, Agriculture College dean Dr SS Tomar has advised the farmers to increase crop yield. He was speaking at the concluding ceremony of the two-day agriculture fair organised by National Research Centre for Soybean (NRCS) on Khandwa Road today.
Dr Tomar expressed government’s concern over the near stagnation that had cropped in soybean production and alerted them to the need of getting soil tested and attaching the report at the time of taking loans after it was made mandatory by the government.
NRCS director Dr GS Chauhan in his address detailed the need for organising such fares providing a platform for the interaction of producers, manufacturers and scientists. Krishi Vigyan Kendra director Dr Alok Deshwal said that the centre was providing facility of soil testing at a nominal rate of Rs 150.
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The fair, however, failed to achieve its ambitious targets as the number of participants remained negligent. Chauhan, in a press conference held a few days back, had announced his expectations of garnering about 100 stalls and 5,000 farmers in the fair.
The figures point otherwise with only 75 stalls and about 800 farmers on the first day and hardly about a 1,000 today. The reason behind the dismally low participation figure was attributed to the bad timing of the fair. With the approach of marriage season hardly any one can be found in villages and resultantly a larger number of women and children was visible in the fair.
NRCS inside sources maintain that the whole scientific/technological machinery and staff were engaged in preparation for the fair for the past one-month.
The low participation figures of yesterday forced NRCS to send their vehicles from the early morning to the villages so that those willing could be fetched to the fair.
Most of the women and children were seen enjoying their trip to NRCS, which they in all likelihood treated as a picnic. A group of women from a self-help group type cottage industry from Pithampur had been specially invited by NRCS to display dishes made from soybean at the fair.
The women said that NRCS scientists visiting their village a month back had taught them preparation of dishes using soybean and they had just come to display the food items, while selling the same had not even occurred to them.
Apart from NRCS, for the first time the stall owners also sponsored prizes for various competitions. The winners including 44 lucky draw winners were felicitated by Tomar. NRCS chief scientist Dr OP Joshi welcomed the guests. Savita Kolhe and Dr BU Dupare conducted the closing ceremony.