Agri expo throws light on many new products

Information on various schemes of the agriculture department and other allied departments to promote agriculture, products produced by various self-help groups, organic manure, farm equipment like sprayer, weed cutter, and others were on display at the exhibition, held as a part of ‘agriculture information and awareness campaign’ and a convention of organic farmers and sellers, here at Fisheries College premises on Monday.

The stalls of the department of forest, horticulture, agriculture, fisheries, animal husbandry, sericulture had displayed various programmes by the government to promote the sector, along with increasing the output.

The stall put up by the sericulture department had displayed mulberry plants, silk worms feeding on mulberry leaves, cocoons and the silk thread. The official was seen explaining the availability of subsidy for the farmers.

The farmers were made aware on the different schemes available for them from the department of horticulture, animal husbandry, fisheries and steps to increase crop yield.

The stall of the fisheries college had displayed ornamental fish, and information on pisciculture. In fact, ornamental fishes like Angel, Fighter fish, Guppi, Gold, Molly was available for sale at the venue.

Technical information with regard to farming such as collection of soil samples and sending them for test, information on drip and other irrigation methods, use of fertilisers, vaccination of animals, agriculture loans and others were informed.

The SKDRDP had displayed ‘Mobile earthworm tank,’ azolla,’ Japan model of compost, few of the vegetables grown using organic manure and so on.

There was display on ‘mullu halasu,’ Musumbi grown locally, American cucumber, Madagaskar cherry. ‘Mage kai,’ ‘Motte kesuvu,’ Velvet apple, Yard long beans which is grown throughout the year, seeds of vegetables by Varanashi Research Foundation and so on.

Nagarika Seva Trust’s stall had displayed around 60 varieties of indegenious paddy seeds. A farmer said B K Deva Rao of Mittabagilu village in Belthangady taluk (Dakshina Kannada) grows as many as 60 strains of paddy, a majority of them indigenous. Some of the varieties of paddy seeds which were on display include ‘gandhasale’ ‘raajakayame’  Kaavalakannu, Peetsale, Adenkelte, Kandrekutti, Atikaaya, Moradda, Jeerigesala, Hallinga, Rasakadam, Kariyajebi, Thonnuru, Massuri and Alyande and others.

There was also display of products produced by Self Help Groups including jewellery, eatables, handicrafts from Pilikula Artisans Village, and so on. The Corporation Bank’s stall was giving information on the availability of loans for agriculture.

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