The seed mela, the prelude to the Krishi Mela organised by the University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS) – Dharwad, was held on the university campus here on Saturday.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will inaugurate the Krishi Mela on Sunday.
Several visitors, mostly farmers, turned out for the event. Stalls selling jowar, wheat, safflower and Bengal gram saw brisk business as farmers bought large quantities of seeds for the rabi season.
Basappa Goudar, a farmer from Shiggoan, said as the India Meterological Department had predicted good rain for rabi season, farmers were keen to buy seed varieties.
Breeder seeds, foundation seeds, certified seeds and TL seeds are being displayed. High-yielding varieties of jowar and safflower seeds were also available. Saplings of sapota, lemon, guava, banana, drumstick, tamarind, and spices were also being sold. Major agriculture tool manufacturing companies have put up stalls displaying farm equipment like tillers, sowing machines and harvesting machines.
Thousands of farmers visited stalls displaying power and diesel-based machines Different departments and constituent colleges of the UAS have put up stalls, focussing on the latest research in agriculture.
Food stalls selling local dishes of north Karnataka, such as mirchi and capsicum bondas, girmit, misal, jowar roti and yenagai were in demand.
The UAS has taken steps to provide insurance coverage for participants through the United India Insurance Company. Accordingly, the insurance company is offering Rs. 1 lakh life insurance for death caused by an accident on the campus, during the four days of the Krishi Mela.
This facility has also been extended to the university students.