Ja­panese, Is­raeli firms to show farm­ers how to dou­ble in­come

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Uttarpradesh - Bra­jen­dra K Parashar bkparashar@hin­dus­tan­times.com ▪

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.

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