Mobile demonstration on agriculture, irrigation launched


7 Apr 2011
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[size=medium]Plastindia Foundation, in association with NABARD, launched 'Kisaan Raja', first-of-its-kind mobile demonstration-cum-exhibition activity at Varudi village in Badnapur tehsil of Jalna district, about 50 km from here today.
Under the activity a drip irrigation system along with mulch films will be installed as a demonstration for a whole crop year, along with an exhibition where best agricultural practices will be displayed.

According to a release here, Jalna District Collector Vilas Thakur inaugurated this unique initiative.

In his inaugural speech he said, "It is the need of the hour to go for advanced technology and I appreciate the Plastindia Foundation for their efforts to promote such technology in saving every drop of water and putting it to optimum use in agricultural activities." "Farmers should come ahead to get the knowledge and expertise made available by Plastindia Foundations Plasticulture drive through these programmes," he added.

Foundation President Ashok Goel also expressed his views on this occasion.

Varudi site is the first of eight sites of Kisaan Raja, a pilot project aimed at creating awareness for conservation of natural resources like water and increase of yield through use of such practises.

The pilot project is being implemented in Jalna district where 'Kisaan Raja' will be conducted in eight tehsils over the next fortnight.

After Varudi village, this set up will move to Pagirwadi (Ambad taluka), Antarwali Dai (Ghansawangi taluka), Shrsiti (Partur taluka), Meskheda (Mantha taluka), Ghetuli (Jalna taluka), Hiwarakawali (Jafarabad taluka) and Chandai Thombari (Bhokardan taluka).

The whole activity is being conducted with active participation of the farmer clubs of NABARD, who have taken ownership of the activity to promote, monitor and also select the land for 'Kisaan Raja'.

The demonstration activity will be promoted through the Farmers Clubs of each village and expects over 50,000 farmers from across Jalna district to visit the demo sites during the fortnight.

Farmers would even be able to take up an extra crop due to the benefit of drip irrigation which saves more than 70 per cent water compared to flow or flood irrigation methods being currently used by them.

Banks were also expected to participate in making the farmers aware about the various schemes that they can avail since many of them have very limited access to various schemes in terms of finance.

'Kisaan Raja' with the support of NABARD plans to roll out the project across other states in the country, the release added.

--UNI [/size]
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