The main theme of the event was to show various improved technology to the farmers to enhance their income and develop linkage among farmers.
One day “Farm Technology Awareness-cum-Demonstration Mela” was organised at the Department of Agricultural Engineering, NERIST on Friday.
The main theme of the event was to show various improved technology to the farmers to enhance their income and develop linkage among farmers. NERIST, Director (i/c) Prof. M. Muralidhar inaugurated the programme as Chief Guest. He emphasized the role of farmers in nation building.
In the mela, the Department of Agricultural Engineering and AICRP on ESA demonstrated improved hand tools and machinery for paddy cultivation, ladders for harvesting of fruits, remote controlled power tiller, safety gadgets for dao and sickle, improved backpack for load carrying, pea planter, maize Sheller etc.
Three firms namely M/s HHT Enterprise, Itanagar, M/s Agency Centre, Lekhi village and M/s Tarak Achak Enterprise Pvt. Ltd., Naharlagun participated in the programmes and exhibited commercially available farm tools, machines and other related products for the cultivation.
Agriculture department Jt. Director Tadu Game was Guest of honour of the mela. Game briefed about latest technology available for improving farmers income.
Food technology expert NERIST Asstiant Professor A.K.Choudhary demonstrated Jam preparation from orange and apple.
Vermicomposting technology was demonstrated by the Scientists of KVK, Papum pare. D. Mech, Scientist “D”, Research Extension Centres (RECs), Lakhimpur have delivered lectures through audio-visual mode on Seri Technology and Dr. T. Patel delivered lecture on safety, health and economic benefits of improved tools and equipment in agriculture.
KVK Papum pare, Project Coordinators Dr. B. Perme also attended who highlighted the work done by KVK in the region.
Prof S.K. Shrivastava, Head, Department of Agricultural Engineering, Prof. K.N. Dewangan provided an outline of the programme and emphasized the need for safer agricultural hand tools and machinery in agriculture.
At the end of the mela, improved NERIST sickles were distributed to all participants to experience the benefits of improved hand tools and technology. The feedback of the overall programme was also gathered. From the feedback session, it was concluded that participants were very happy with the programme.
The Mela was sponsored by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) through All India Coordinated Research Project on Ergonomics and Safety in Agriculture, NERIST Centre.
A total of 67 farmers from Anya village, Rose village, Nirjuli III village from Doimuk Circle of Papum pare District and adjoining villages of Assam participated. The exhibition was supported by Department of Agriculture, Government of Arunachal Pradesh and Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Papumpare District, Arunachal Pradesh.