University of Agriculture and Horticulture Sciences, Shimoga, has organised a three-day Krishi Mela on its premises from October 25 to 27, said its special officer P.M. Salimath. The objective of the event is to teach farmers about modern farming technologies, the recent research initiatives related to enhancing the yield, scientific pest and nutrition management practices. An exhibition of agriculture inputs and seminars would be held as part of the Krishi Mela, he said at a press conference help on Monday. Companies selling agriculture inputs and tools, self-help groups, and financial institutions would set up their stalls at the exhibition.

The farmers would also visit demonstration plots on the campus where arecanut, brinjal, legumes, chilli, tobacco, paddy, maize crops were cultivated in a scientific manner, he said. Arecanut Research Station functioning under the purview of the university had undertaken research on high-yielding varieties of arecanut crop, integrated nutrition management, and mixed cropping in arecanut plantations. Seminars would be held on all the three days in which agriculture scientists and progressive farmers would speak on pest management in horticulture crops, the benefits of mechanisation of farming, he said.

The university had collected 164 varieties of native paddy seeds, 35 varieties of native brinjal seeds, and 20 varieties of native ragi seeds, which would be demonstrated.