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Bangalore UAS decides not to hold Krishi Mela this year

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Instead, it plans to hold a conference for farmers

Change of plans:The decision was taken because of the drought, said Vice-Chancellor K. Narayana Gowda.— File Photo: K. Gopinathan
Change of plans:The decision was taken because of the drought, said Vice-Chancellor K. Narayana Gowda.— File Photo: K. Gopinathan

In view of the severe drought in the State, the University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Bangalore, has decided against holding its annual Krishi Mela this year, Vice-Chancellor K. Narayana Gowda has said.

The university usually conducts the mela in November to demonstrate the availability of new technologies, farm management practices, and high-yielding variety of seeds to farmers. It conducted the mela on a national-scale last year.

“This year we have been able to get only 75 per cent of the expected yield because of irregular rainfall. Hence, the decision to cancel the Krishi Mela,” Dr. Gowda told The Hindu.

Alternative plan

The varsity, instead, has proposed to hold a conference in November to inform farmers on the crops that could be cultivated during a dry spell. Progressive farmers from each district would be invited to the conference and awarded, a UAS official said.

UAS, Dharwad, however, held its Krishi Mela recently.

Speaking to presspersons here on Wednesday, the Vice-Chancellor said that in anticipation of rain during October and November, farmers had been advised to cultivate short-duration crops, such as cowpea and chickpea using regular faming practices.

As reservoirs were not full, farmers had been advised to use the System of Rice Intensification, a method used to increase the yield of rice, as it required 40 per cent less water, Dr. Gowda said.

Cauvery issue

When asked about his opinion on the sharing of Cauvery waters with Tamil Nadu, he said the problem needed to be solved peacefully. The State government could send a comprehensive report explaining the plight of farmers here.

He asked farmers to use water judiciously.


  • ‘This year we have been able to get only 75 per cent of the expected yield’

  • Anticipating rain in October and November, farmers advised to cultivate short-duration crops



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