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Training on farm mechanization to uplift agriculture in Goalpara

A training cum demonstration on “Farm Mechanization for Improved Agriculture” was organized in Rangjuli on 25thApr’ 2008 by Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Dudhnoi, Goalpara. Nearly thirty farmers from Rangjuli, both men and women actively participated in the programme. The need of farm mechanization is an urgent need of the hour in Assam since there is acute shortage of farm power.

Stressing on the need of farm mechanization, Er. Benjamin Kaman cited the example of vast barren lands all around. Drudgery is the root cause of mono cropping in the district, he said. He said that cropping intensity as well as food grain productivity increases with increase in farm power. Increasing efficiency, executing field works in time, proper use of resources and reducing drudgery are the basic reasons to adopt mechanization in agriculture, he said. The farmers were been taught how every step of agricultural operations such as land preparation, sowing/transplanting, fertilizer use, weeding, interculture, plant protection, harvesting, threshing, milling etc. can be done through newly developed farm implements and machineries.

Entrepreneurship Development through small enterprises such as “Potato chips making” with the tools and technologies developed in Indian Council of Agricultural Research was also discussed with the farmers. Some useful machineries and implements were been discussed covering their field capacity, price and operational cost so that the farmers can visualize the economic advantage of adopting these.

Mr. Swaroop Sarma, Mr. Utpal Bhattacharya, and Mr. Biswajit Dey, Subject Matter Specialists from Krishi Vigyan Kendra, also attended the programme, who conveyed the farmers about KVK and stressed on adoption of new technologies to the farmers.

Participating farmers, both men and women had interactions with the KVK officials and shown keen interest to adopt newly developed implements and machineries.
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Agricultural Engineers, if available nearby, either in the Department of Agriculture or else, may be included in the program. It has been observed till today that KVKs have been ignoring the Engineers dealing with Agriculture in the field, especially in the Department. Without co-relation with them field problems discussed by a bunch of scientists from the lab will not be scientific..

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