Girish S. Pattanashetti
Progressive farmers share their ideas with others at ‘Krishi Mela’
DHARWAD: They are not agricultural scientists but are innovators in their own way. Unlike the researches of the agricultural scientists that take years of laboratory work and then trials before being passed on to farmers, they have developed simple effective methods.
You can find them sweating it out in their farmlands in every village. They have the urge to make agriculture more remunerative and at the same time less expensive. They want to share what they have achieved with others so that it could be useful for others also.
Every year at least a minimum of 50 farmers come to “Krishi Mela”, the annual agricultural fair organised by the University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), with the objective of sharing their “success in the field” with other farmers and return contented after having “educated” other farmers.
“Raitarinda Raitarige” (from farmers to farmers), a project started three years ago has become the highlight of the Krishi Mela. Anything that a farmer has indigenously developed, be it cultivation technique or equipment can be presented through the programme.
Such has been the success of the programme that every year more and more farmers come up with innovative methods to share with others and some have even come out with improved methods.
The practical experience of one farmer gives confidence to another, who trusts a member of his fraternity rather than relying on an agricultural scientists, said one of the officials of the UAS.
Looking at the success of the programme, the university authorities are trying to accommodate as many “farmer speakers” as possible in spite of the time constraints.
The 19th Krishi Mela going on at UAS had four major issues this year namely, hi-tech agriculture and agri-based other professions, economic stability through sustainable agriculture including organic, natural and integrated farming, efficient use of natural resources and agricultural equipment — traditional techniques and entrepreneurship among women.
On Thursday, Shivappa M. Adargunchi of Surashettikoppa in Hubli taluk shared his experience in growing plantation in rain-fed areas, while Ganesh P. Hegde from Uttar Kannada district spoke on his experience in making barren land suitable for cultivation.
On Wednesday, 14 farmers shared their experience on how they made farming more remunerative through sustainable agriculture.
The impact of the programme has made the UAS apply the same concept in some of its activities. J.H. Kulkarni, Vice-Chancellor of UAS, said the university had started using the same concept during the “krishi melas” conducted at regional research centres and during “kshetrotsava” of various crops. He said a demonstration of farmers’ methods by farmers had been organised at Krishi Mela from this year.
Taking note of the success of the programme, the University of Agricultural Science, Bangalore, included it in its activities, he said.