Farmers urged to go organic
MODERN CONCEPTS of contract farming using latest agro-implements to increase yield despite adopting organic cultivation along with supplementing income by starting fishery, poultry or dairy were learnt and understood in the three-day agriculture fair held at Agriculture College ground that ended on Sunday.Updated: Feb 05, 2007 16:04 IST
Three-day farm fair witnessed over 14,000 footfalls
MODERN CONCEPTS of contract farming using latest agro-implements to increase yield despite adopting organic cultivation along with supplementing income by starting fishery, poultry or dairy were learnt and understood in the three-day agriculture fair held at Agriculture College ground that ended on Sunday.
From day one adopting modern practices was advocated by Minister in charge of the district Himmat Kothari to District Collector Vivek Aggarwal who advised farmers to learn these concepts providing a readymade market and guaranteed returns thus saving them from monetary fluctuations arising due to vagaries of nature. Easy availability of bank loans with seven per cent interest and easy installments was stressed. A whole section amongst the four distinct zones created in the fair devoted to organic farming was a major centre of interest.
The doubts of farmers till now stopping them from going organic were dispelled largely due to the governments efforts in promoting organic farming and also because of the extraordinarily high returns on organically grown products. The stall of All India Biodynamic and Organic Farming Association (AIBOFA) drew large crowds.
A stall by garment manufacturer from Pithampur - Prathibha Syntex - displaying and selling a range of clothes produced from organically grown cotton showed the way such products can be marketed. An Italian machine, which can weed, thrash, cut and pack in neat bundles, was the centre of attraction amongst the various agro-implements.
A range of tractors having steering lock facility thereby allowing the tractor to rotate in continuous motion in imitation of ‘kolhu oxen’ and that too without a driver showed advancement of technology.
The latest variant in JCB touted as the most powerful version yet in the form of 4D Backhoe Loader and the petite Mitsubishi Shakti tractor and power tiller also caught the attention of progressive farmers. An innovative stall selling plastic products under the label of Logic Poly Products threw unbreakable range of household usables under the tyres of moving heavy vehicles including tractors to show their tensile strength and drew applause of the crowd.
Various hybrid varieties of crops, vegetables and lentils were being marketed. The ‘Mahabharat’ range of Shimla Mirch having the unique distinction of being the first hybrid variant in this segment of vegetables and given the name by none other than then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was the cynosure of all eyes.
Other varieties named California Wonder, Early Nantis, Hungarian Yellow Wax and others also attracted farmers due to their name and size of produce.
IFFCO and Double Horse brand of phosphates were amongst the several chemical fertiliser brands having stalls in the fair. Miniature soil-testing kit and moisture meter for farmers have put the farmers on the course of self-sufficiency.
Indigenous breed of cattle including draught variant Nimari and dual purpose Malwi got a good response at the fair.
The Nimari, a hard breed stout animal, is used for laborious tasks and the Malwi breed being indigenous to Indore and Ujjain region are the contribution of the State towards the bovine wealth of the country.
However, both varieties yield less milk in comparison to other hybrid cow species.
The Sahiwal breed indigenous to Sind (Pakistan) was the most inquired about and even Agriculture Minister Chaudhary Chandrabhan Singh, who was chief guest of the closing ceremony, came to see the cows. The Jamnapari breed of goat, a hybrid developed from the Chambal breed also got good response.
Australian native species Emu, large hen species Giriraj and Kadaknath breed indigenous to Malwa also drew good response.
The fisheries department riding on the wave of increasing pond excavation as part of ‘Jalabhishek scheme’ stated that 80 per cent of all water bodies in the State were being used for fishery purpose and the percentage is the highest in Dhar district. Though inclination towards fish farming is more, taking to fresh water prawn breeding will take time.
Around 14,000 farmers visited the fair during the three days including 200 women.
Apart from the districts in the Indore division farmers from 23 other districts of the State came on their own will to take advantage of the lessons offered in this fair.
First Published: Feb 05, 2007 16:04 IST