600 farmers in Gulbarga district get information through CDs
The Krishi Vigyan Kendra and the Agriculture Research Station (ARS) has launched a mobile audio-visual programme which is aimed at creating awareness on the latest agricultural technology and practices among farmers.
The Centre has provided Rs. 65-lakh worth multipurpose fully air-conditioned van with a seating capacity of 30 to the Krishi Vigyan Kendra under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY). The van has a 32-inch television, a laptop and a personal computer to facilitate agriculture scientists to screen for the benefit of farmers compact discs on ways to save the crops and increase production of cereals, oilseeds and pulses.
The van is equipped with a generator to enable the scientists to screen the audio-visual CDs outside the van in the open using a large screen.
The scientists at the Agriculture Research Station have produced seven CDs dealing with topics such as transplantation of toor dal, seed treatment with bio-fertilizers, integrated pest management, natural pests, and use of Azola as animal feed.
The scientists of the research station will also screen CDs which have been brought out by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and other research institutes.
In Gulbarga district, farmers are being updated on the latest advancement made in controlling the Helicoverpa Armegra pest which attacks crops such as toor dal, cotton, and Bengal gram. The CDs on new agricultural practices to increase production are also being screened. Raju Teggalli, coordinator of the Krishi Viyan Kendra, told The Hindu that the scientists of the kendra had created an audio-visual programme to give farmers an update on simple and improved agriculture practices.
Mr. Teggalli said farmers of Kadani village in Gulbarga taluk were the first ones to watch a CD on agricultural practices in the van.
Till date, under the programme 600 farmers in the district have been covered, he added.
According to Mr. Teggalli, based on the success of the mobile audio-visual programme, the Government proposes to introduce similar vans in all the districts.