TECH TALK WITH AGRI-EXPERTS @ KISAN 2012

 

The 5-day 'Kisan' agricultural fair ended on December 16 on a high note, with the event grounds crowded to the maximum. Even as the event that began on December 12 in the small village  of Moshi in Pune neared its conclusion on the evening on Sunday, December 16, the fully-hooked crowd seem unrelenting to budge from the place.

Eyes sparkling with satisfaction of having gained the knowledge they intended to, and some still wanting more, the enthusiastic crowd at Kisan Expo was a sight to remember. On the last day of this eventful fair for the Indian Farmer, the BHARAT4india team spoke to agriculture experts and officials from the Agricultural University of Dharwad, Karnataka to understand their work in the field of technology and development in relation to the farming sector.

Integrated Farming System to aid farmers

What is an integrated farming system? Defined as 'agricultural systems that integrate livestock and crop production', in layman terms it means adopting a mixed approach to farming practices rather than sticking to a practice of monotonous farming. The University of Agricultural Sciences of Dharwad, Karnataka, have been working continuously in an attempt to develop newer technology in the strains of the crops grown in various locations across the country. They have been able to make considerable progress with respect to crop cultivation in Maharashtra and Karnataka states, by developing improved qualities of sugarcane, cotton, green gram, black gram, sorghum gram, fodder for livestock etc. Speaking to BHARAT4india, scientists from University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad spoke about new research being conducted at the University. Newer technology & varieties of crops have developed by the university that can change the face of farming gradually.

Need for Agriculture Biotechnology

Information Technology (IT) & Biotechnology (BT) are important for the country's development in the green fields. Agriculture Biotechnology being the main branch  of Biotechnology, is the need of the hour, with population on a constant increase. Consequently, there is requirement for ways and methods of increasing food production in the same available space. This is possible by applying Biotech methods to daily farming techniques and procedures. However, there have been critical views over the use of these methods and it has it's own pros & cons. There are chances of some harmful effect of this transgenic (Genetically Modified) technology on human being & Environment. It is about these concerns that our Agriculture Editor Yashwant Yadav spoke to the scientists from the Dharwad University of Agricultural Sciences who have come all the way from Karnataka at the 20th 'Kisan' exhibition held in Pune to disburse all the knowledge about the various technologies developed, its goods and bad, etc so that the farmers take the right decisions when carrying out their farming practices to get the best yields of their hard work in  the fields. 

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