Japanese, Israeli firms to show farmers how to double income
LUCKNOW: Some two dozen Japanese and Israeli companies will be among many other experts educating farmers on how to double farm income at the ‘Krishi Kumbh’-2018, a high-profile, three-day assembly of farmers, scientists, entrepreneurs, research bodies and policy makers, that the Uttar Pradesh government is organising here from October 26.
Around one lakh farmers and delegates are expected to participate in the mega show being jointly held by the agriculture and allied departments such as mandi parishad, animal husbandry, horticulture and fisheries. Authorities say that they are trying to get Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate the event though they are yet to get a confirmation from the PMO. “Chief minister Yogi Adityanath will inaugurate the three-day Krishi Kumbh being organised over an area of 20 hectares in the Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Telibagh, if the PM is not able to make it to the function, director (agriculture) Soraj Singh said.
He said that Japan and Israel were the UP’s partners in the Krishi Kumbh. “Around two dozen Japanese and Israeli companies are participating in the event to share their experiences and success stories with regard to agriculture and allied sectors, trying to widen UP farmers’ horizon of thinking and awareness,” he said.
The three-day summit will have a total 12 expert sessions, 3-4 sessions everyday with the country’s top agriculture scientists chairing the sessions. The second day, a session will be devoted exclusively to the problem of farmers polluting air quality by burning the crop residues due to a lack of awareness. They will be shown how the residue can be buried in the land, converting the same into manure” Singh said.
The whole event has been divided into three live shows, exhibition and expert sessions. Farmers participating in the Krishi Kumbh, being organised for the first time, will be exposed to the live shows on various patterns of farming, techniques etc by showing them actual crops grown on different plots near the venue for this specific purpose.
“They will be shown live shows on big screens from the plots where we have grown various crops in a scientific manner,” Singh said.
There will also be an exhibition with different departments putting up their stalls and distributing publicity literature to farmers. Various agricultural implements will also be available at the exhibition for sale.
“The whole idea is to show farmers how they can actually double their income by following certain tips and the Krishi Kumbh will provide a platform for them to look for new growth opportunities,” Singh said.
He said that 70,000-1,00,000 farmers were expected to visit the three-day Krishi Kumbh from all over the state. “We are arranging buses and tying up with the Railways to bring farmers to the event, where free foods coupons will be made available to farmers for lunch,” Singh revealed.