A two-day farm machinery exhibition began at the University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Dharwad, here on Sunday.
The event, organised to inform farmers about the latest farm equipment, attracted a large number of farmers from different parts of the region. Various farm equipment were on display. Farm tools and farming technologies developed by UAS are being exhibited as part of the event. A seminar will be held during the exhibition, which is being organised by UAS, Dharwad, under the Union government’s Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY).
Earlier, inaugurating the exhibition, former professor of Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) J.S. Pawnar said farmers should be encouraged to go for mechanisation of farms to enhance food production.
G.S. Dasog, Dean (Agriculture), Agricultural College, Dharwad, said mechanisation was needed to overcome the shortage of labour. He suggested that farm machinery manufacturers consider the needs of the farmers while designing machines, which would help them in making these machines popular as well to suit local conditions. M.B. Chetti, Director of Extension, UAS, Dharwad, who presided over the inaugural session, said that it was difficult for farmers to get information at the annual Krishi Mela which was attended by over 11 lakh persons. Therefore, UAS, Dharwad, had decided to organise a separate event to exhibit farm machineries and inform farmers about their uses, he said.