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.