Clean and sustainable agriculture in the spotlight – The New Indian Express
BENGALURU: Karnataka Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot visited Krishi Mela on the fourth and final day to reward farmers and researchers for their contribution on the ground. He presented seven awards.
“The need to develop good agricultural practices in Indian agriculture means the need to incorporate nanotechnology into agriculture, develop suitable applications for farmers and promote new start-ups,” he said. .
The awards were the HD Deve Gowda State Level Best Farmer Award (MC Rangaswamy), Dr MH Marigowda State Level Best Horticultural Farmer Award (TM Aravinda), Canara Bank Award for State Level Top Farmers (Male – Navikram and Female – YG Manjula), R Dwarkinath Award for Best Extension Officer (Dr AP Mallikarjuna Gowda), R Dwarkinath Award for Best Farmer (Munireddy) and National Dr Endowment Award MH Marigowda for the best horticultural research (Dr Maheswarappa HP).
The winners were also farmers who focused on clean and sustainable agriculture with many adoption systems to keep soil quality intact and engaging in water harvesting among other innovative practices. .
Munireddy, a farmer from Kolar, used integrated agriculture, dealing with agriculture, horticulture, forestry, food, dairy, sheep and poultry farming , fish farming, beekeeping and others across various farming systems. He has been a farmer for almost 40 years.
YG Manjula used a small piece of land, maximizing his yield by cultivating many crops like corn, millet, rice, coconut, banana, ginger, potato, chili, carrot and cassava, among others. She has also adopted integrated agriculture, pomegranate cultivation and cattle ranching, as well as being a successful beekeeper.
Rangaswamy, a farmer from Arkalgud, practiced integrated agriculture over a huge area of 100 acres. Although he is involved in horticulture, agriculture, forestry, beekeeping as well as the breeding of cattle, sheep, goats and poultry, he emphasizes organic fertilizers and management. nutrients.
Dr Gowda, Senior Scientist and Horticultural Officer at Indian Agricultural Research Council (ICAR) in Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Bengaluru Rural District, has conducted numerous training programs for farmers nationally and internationally, training them sustainable and organic farming practices.
8 lakh people visited the Krishi Mela, organized by the University of Agricultural Sciences, over 4 days
3 lakh people visited on the last day