K M Dayashankar
KARIMNAGAR: Collector RV Karnan has called upon the students to learn the farming techniques practically from the farmers by visiting the fields instead of confining to the book knowledge alone.
The Collector inaugurated a Rythu sadassu and an agricultural exhibition organized at Agricultural Research Station and RAWEP (Rural awareness work experience programme) students of DAATT (District agricultural advisory and transfer of technology) centre on the outskirts of Karimnagar town on Friday.
Speaking on the occasion, he said that the students would learn more from the farmers by visiting the fields and seeing the cultivation methods adopted by the farmers. He said that the farmers have more knowledge about the cropping pattern, weather conditions, possible pest attacks etc and take appropriate measures accordingly. He said that the farmers were well versed in prediction of rains and take up cultivation accordingly.
Associate Director of Research Dr Uma Devi informed the students to learn maximum farm techniques from the farmers as they have huge knowledge and experience. On this occasion, the officials have demonstrated the use of drone in spraying pesticides etc in the red gram crop fields. The drone had completed the process of spraying 10 litres of pesticides within 10 minutes.
The Collector also visited the demos of cotton shredder, boom sprayer, fertilizer applicator, single cob-sheller and specialty corn exhibits. The agricultural university authorities had displayed models of crop diversification, integrated farming system, types of mulches, vertical farming, aquaponics, hydroponics, trap cops, silage preparation, solar dryers, vertebrate pest management, monkey gunds, trellis cultivation, drip irrigation etc.
It was followed by short discussions on topics of crop diversification by Dr G Manjulatha, Pests and disease management by Dr A Vijay Bhaskar, Soil Health Management by Dr E.Rajinikanth, Activities of adopted village by Dr G Usharani, Hybrid seed production in maize by Dr. D Sravani and Role of ICT Tools by Dr K Madan Mohan Reddy. The experiences of host farmers and students were shared and students performed cultural events song and rangoli and skit on crop diversification.
The Senior Scientist Dr Venkateshwar Rao of KVK Jammikunta, DAO, Karimnagar V Sridhar and stalls of private companies of Coromandel, Bayer, Corteva and BASF and Around 200 farmers from the Rawep students villages and adopted village Perkapally of Saidapur mandal of ARS, Karimnagar participated and interacted with scientists.