The Krishi Mela is an opportunity to know some basics
For urban folk who can barely associate the rice on their plates with the slushy paddy fields where they are cultivated, Krishi Mela on the Gandhi Krishi Vignana Kendra campus is an opportunity to know some basics.
The first day of Krishi Mela 2010 on Friday had a large number of children from Bangalore schools looking at the stalls displaying agricultural implements and produce with great curiosity. A large number of the 500-odd stalls have on display a range of things useful to farmers, from seeds to heavy agricultural machinery. There are also some stalls which have on display simple tools such as the hand-operated de-husking machine for coconuts and the groundnut shelling machine.
A good number of stalls are dedicated to organic farming, which display not just produce but have demonstrations on making organic manure and so on.
Self-Help Groups (SHGs) too have set up several stalls at Krishi Mela, offering a range of products from pickles and juices to furniture made from the stem of the lantana weed and fancy items made from banana fibre.
Those exhausted from going round the stalls can get themselves a refreshing ragi malt drink, which is served hot from a dispenser, and munch on a spicy snack made from maize. Krishi Mela is open between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. till November 14.