Interface meeting of progressive farmers with state department officers and scientist   (16 April, 2015)

Directorate of Weed Science Research, Jabalpur organized Interface Meeting of progressive farmers with State Department officers and scientists on 16.04.2015. On this occasion 140 achiever/ progressive farmers, 10 NGOs, 60 officers of state department of agriculture, horticulture and agricultural engineering from 7 districts of Jabalpur Division of Madhya Pradesh, and 12 scientists from DWR were present. Sh. B.P. Tripathi (Joint Director Agriculture, Jabalpur Division), Sh. S.K. Chourasia (Divisional Agril. Engineer, Jabalpur) and Sh. J.P. Rathi (Chief Divisional Manager IFCCO, Jabalpur Division) besides others participated. Dr A. R. Sharma Director, DWSR presided over the function, Dr P.K. Singh Principal Scientist (Agril. Extension) coordinated the programme.

In his introductory remarks Dr. A.R. Sharma gave an overview of the activities and initiatives taken for strengthening weed management through on farm research and organizing training/awareness programmes. He also highlighted the role of conservation agriculture for sustainable crop production and importance of weed management in different field crops.

Sh. B.P. Tripathi, Sh. S.K. Chourasia and Sh. J.P. Rathi presented the outline of different agricultural development programmes viz; SRI, SMI, SWI, Green manuring and Mechanization etc, initiated by state Government and IFFCO for the welfare of farmers. Sh. V K Chouksey (DDH, Jabalpur) briefed the audience about the activities of National Horticulture Mission and different developmental programmes by Govt. of Madhya Pradesh. Smt Harsha Pateria (Dy. Project Director, ATMA, Katni) shared the success story of sweet corn cultivation of Katni district where farmers are earning about Rs. 70,000 to 75, 000 per acre. Achiever farmers from different districts shared their experiences in this meeting. Sh. M. Narla, an achiever farmer from Katni, told that with adoption of SRI technology over traditional method of transplanting has increased rice production by 2.5 times. Shri Satish Dubey (Panager)another achiever farmer, also shared his experiences about conservation agriculture in wheat and summer moong. Sri Soni (Progressive farmer, Katangi) appraised about System of Mustard Intensification (SMI) and told that with this intervention, he has harvested an yield of 40-45 q/ha. There was lively discussion among officers and farmers during the presentations. A field visit to experimental area of DWR was organized to show demonstrations of summer green gram under conservation agriculture. Improved farm machinery such as multi-crop zero-till seed drill, bed planter, Happy Seeder, laser land leveler, tractor operated sprayer with boom, paddy drum seeder and other farm implements were also demonstrated in working condition.

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