'Krishi mela' to attract three lakh farmers

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Bangalore, Nov 15 (UNI) The annual 'Krishi mela' organised by University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS) here will showcase eight new varieties of paddy, ragi, different types of beans, cashew and tobacco developed by the varsity.

Briefing newspersons UAS Vice-Chancellor P G Chengappa said the event, branded as one of the biggest agri expos in south India was likely to attract more than three lakh farmers.

The focus of this mela would be on adoption of suitable crop system in dry areas that experienced unpredictable monsoon, inter cropping patterns to maintain soil fertility, integrated farming, value-addition and agri-engineering.

More than 500 stalls had been put up and top companies selling agri products would take part in the exhibition. Farmers would be invited to witness field presentations of improved varieties of various crops, hybrid varieties, horticultural, aromatic and medicinal plants at the 1300-acre campus of the university here.

The UAS, under the ICAR programme has launched a campaign to popularise Integrated Farming that would greatly help poor farmers, holding as little as two acres of land, develop a farm that would assure multiple outputs and profits.

Integrated farming envisages production of Seven 'F's like food, fodder, fuel, fish, forest, flower and fuel, Dr Chengappa said adding the University had developed 52 types of integrated farming modules that suited most types of weather and land patterns from dry to rain intensive areas.

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