Farmers take a peek at new methods

Last Updated 29 July 2010, 16:55 IST

 The three-day event organised by the Karnataka State Department of Agriculture (KSDA), focussed more on spreading awareness on a number of schemes for the farmers.
A series of interactions with scientists from the institutions like the University of Agriculture Sciences are also being held.

Various departments such as Sericulture and Animal Husbandry have put up stalls showcasing machinery as well as new technology in their respective fields.
One of the most popular stalls in the fest was free soil testing lab. The lab tested soil samples brought by the farmers to analyse the content of various components like nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium.

"Farmers often find it tough to locate a good testing lab. The tests would help us to figure out the fertility of the soil and help us to determine how much fertiliser should farmer add," said an expert.

This year, the organisers have launched ‘Krishi Ratha’ for the benefit of farmers of Bangalore North taluk.

"There are a number of policies, schemes which come out every year. A majority of farmers are not aware of it. Officers from various departments would take out tableau, which will go to various taluks of the State," said Nandini Kumari, Joint Director of Agriculture, Bangalore Urban district.

New machinery, fertilisers and seeds which could be useful for farmers were also available at the fest.

For assisting farmers in modern farming techniques like organic farming, the experts took a few sessions on Day One of the event.  
DH News Service

(Published 29 July 2010, 16:55 IST)

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