Two-day kharif agricultural fair concludes
Hisar: A two-day Kharif Agricultural fair organised at Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University was concluded today, which was attended by more than 51 thousand farmers from Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.
Dr. R S Hooda, Director, Extension Education of the University was the chief guest on the valedictory function. He urged upon the farmers to participate with enthusiasm in such types of fairs. He said it would provide them opportunities to acquire new knowledge in the field of agriculture as also get solutions to their agriculture related problems with the help of agricultural scientists, He appealed to the farmers to go in for the management of their the crop residues instead of burning them.
Dr Hooda, who was also the convener of the Agricultural Fair, told that during the course of the fair, the farmers purchased certified seeds of advanced and recommended varieties of Kharif crops and vegetables and nursery of horticultural crops worth of approximately Rs.8,66,200 and Rs24,000 respectively.
It is worth mentioning that in order to make available quality seeds of cereals and vegetable crops and also the nursery of fruit crops to the farmers for the ensuing kharif season, the University had made adequate arrangement for their sale at the fair itself in association with the Government seed agencies. Farmers also purchased agricultural books and literature of Rs40,000 approximately.
Dr Hooda informed that exposure visit of the farmers to the research farm of the University was organized. Farmers were shown the scientifically developed demonstration plots of rabi crops. In addition, farmers were provided important information on organic farming, natural resource management, increasing agricultural production and quality and crop residues management. On this occasion the farmers also took advantage of the arrangements made by the University for for the testing of soil and water and 56 soil samples and 112 water samples were got tested by them. Further, participating in the question and answer session the farmers got clarified their various doubts on agriculture and animal husbandry from the scientists.
Dr Krishna Kumar Yadav, Joint Director, Extension informed that the agro-industries section in the fair was a special point of attraction for the farmers. A total of 262 stalls were installed in the exhibition. Agro industries, farm machineries, equipments etc were displayed in these stalls by the University, NGOs and Multi National Companies, in which heavy rush of farmers was observed. In the seed category, Rasi Seeds, Nujeevedu Seeds and Shaktivardhak Hybrid were awarded the first, second and third prizes respectively. In the insecticides and pesticides category, Crystal Group, Coromandel and Parijat, in the machinery category Sandhu Agro Industries, Khalsa Trading Company and Balaji Agritools were awarded first, second and third prizes respectively. Among the Government institutes Haryana Agricultural University’s Vegetable Department, Fisheries Department and Cotton section were awarded first, second and third prizes respectively. Similarly, in other government organizations category, Indian Postal Bank, District Legal Services Authority and SHG Multipurpose Food Processing Machine were awarded first, second and third prizes respectively. Likewise, in the pharma category Ekam Biotic, Ashoka Homeopathic and Titanic Pharma and in the miscellaneous category ELP (HAU), Processing and Food Engineering Department and Veterinary Clinic, Luvas were awarded the first, second and third prizes, respectively.