UAS 'Krishi Mela' to attract three lakh farmers

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Bangalore, Nov 15 (UNI) The annual 'Krishi Mela', organised by city headquartered University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), will offer eight new varieties of paddy, ragi, different types of beans, cashew and tobacco developed by the university.

Briefing news persons 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 edition of Krishi Mela would be on adoption of suitable crop system in dry areas that experienced unpredictable monsoon, inter cropping patterns to maintain fertility of soil, integrated farming, value addition and agri engineering.

More than 500 stalls had been put up and noted 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.

He said the UAS under the ICAR programme had taken up a campaign to popularise Integrated Farming that cam greatly help poor farmers, holding as little as two acres of land, develop a farm that assures multiple outputs and assure profits.

Integrated farming envisages production of Seven 'F's like food, fodder, fuel, fish, forest, flower and fuel. It included a mini poultry farm built over a ground level water tank and different types of crops from horticulture to dry or wet crops. It would also have live stock and the farmer would be able to sell a variety of farm products from eggs, fish, flowers to grains. It cost only Rs 80,000 to develop a two-acre plot and the cost could be recovered in the second year itself.

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, Dr Chengappa added.

UNI

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