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ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Kolkata organised a strategic planning meeting for the discussion on the mode of a demonstration on natural farming today under the Government flagship project entitled, ‘Out scaling of Natural Farming through Krishi Vigyan Kendras’ to the grassroots of the farming community in Eastern India involving 34 KVKs of Odisha, West Bengal, Andaman, and Nicobar Islands.

Dr. Pradip Dey, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Kolkata, emphasised employing artificial intelligence to assist farmers in controlling risk and uncertainty associated with natural farming in different agroecologies. He urged the use of drones in the application after proper filtration of various natural fermented mixture preparations like Jeevamrit, Neemastra, Brahmastra, Agnistra, Dashaparni Ark, etc.

Dr. Amitabha Bandyopadhyay, Former National Coordinator, ICAR-National Agricultural Science Fund, New Delhi, highlighted collecting information on the agro-climate of the area, crops grown, cropping sequence, history of plant disease, and pest infestation so that a demonstration could be organised on the most prevalent cropping sequence covering different crops in different seasons in a row round the year.

The PIs, Co-PIs, and project staff participated in the meeting.

(Source: ICAR- Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Kolkata)

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