Krishi Vigyan Kendra, ICAR-Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur organized a Kharif Kisan Sammelan at Bawarli village, Balesar Panchyat Samithi, Jodhpur. The objective of the programme was to create awareness among the farmers on developed latest technologies from CAZRI and acquainting farmers about the delayed monsoon situation. Shri Gajendra Singh Sekhawat, Member of Parliament, Jodhpur was the Chief Guest, Shri Babu Singh Rathore, Member of Legislative Assembly, Shergarh was Guest of Hounour, and Dr. R K Bhatt, Director, CAZRI, Jodhpur presided over the function. Shri Babu Singh Inda, Pradhan and Sh. Mangi Lal Choudhary, Vice Pradhan of Baleasr Panchayt Samithi were also present. Shri Shekhawat urged the farmers to adopt the technologies related to arid zone and to get benefit of newly started developmental scheme of central government i.e., Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana,, Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana etc. He emphasized that farmers should use nutrient as per test report provided in soil health card and avoid excess use of chemical fertilizer and pesticides. During the program Shri Shekhawat, has distributed seed of improved cultivars of Clusterbean, Pearl millet and Moth bean to the farmers. He also appealed the scientists to demonstrate latest scientific technologies to increase the production and productivity of arid agriculture with emphasis on livestock, perianal grasses, and solar based drip/sprinkler irrigation system for environmental sustainability. Sh. Babu Singh Rathore appealed the farmers to adopt improved agricultural techniques developed by CAZRI and other institutes for getting more production. He shared his experience of CAZRI technologies in the villages as well as at institutional farm. He also briefed about schemes and reforms in insurance claim for the farmers initiated by the Rajasthan Government. Dr. RK Bhatt, Director, ICAR-CAZRI emphasized on use of technologies developed by CAZRI for this region and their impact in sustainable livelihood of the farming community. Two booklets in Hindi on ‘Improved Kharif Crop Cultivation Practices’ and ‘PPV& FRA’ were also released for farmers. An exhibition was also organized to display products and technologies developed by the CAZRI and AFRI. An interaction meet of farmers with the scientists and development officers from CAZRI, AFRI and line departments was also organized, in which various topics like, crop production, animal husbandry, grassland development, farm implements, government schemes, scientific methods of diseases and pests management were discussed. Earlier, Dr. AK Mishra, Head, Division of Livestock Production and Officer-In-charge, KVK welcomed the dignitaries and farmers and explained about KVK and divisional activities especially contingency plan, integrated farming system models, ICAR-ICARDA Collaborative program on Participatory Silvipasture Development, etc to uplift the livelihood of farming community. Around 350 farmers and farm women of Balesar Panchayt Samith, Jodhpur participated in the sammelan.
(Source: ICAR-CAZRI, Jodhpur)