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A 3-day farmer workshop-cum-field visit program was organized by the Directorate of Weed Research from 21 to 23 February 2024. At the beginning of the workshop, Dr. J.S. Mishra told the farmers that there are many techniques in modern agriculture which are of low cost and contribute a lot in increasing crop production, hence the need of the hour is that farmers should also be aware of these techniques and adopt them. And make agriculture a profitable business. At the beginning of the program, Dr. PK Singh, Principal Scientist and Program Coordinator, laid out the outline of the 3-day program and introduced the objectives.

Dr. Singh motivated the farmers to participate in the discussion during the visit and laid emphasis on knowing and adopting the technologies demonstrated. In the technical session of the workshop, Dr. R.P. Dubey, Principal Scientist discussed organic farming and production of grain crops and weed management in them. Among the grain crops, emphasis was laid on the cultivation of Kodo, Kutki, Samwa, Ragi, Jowar, Bajra and the farmers were also made aware that these crops are low cost and can yield good crops at low cost and with less water. Farmers described weeds as the biggest enemy of crops. Dr. Dubey stressed on adopting organic farming keeping in mind the environment and soil conservation and also called upon the farmers to adopt organic farming in some part of their land. In the technical session, Dr.P.K. Singh informed the farmers about the rules for protection of plant varieties and farmers’ rights and under this, assured full cooperation to the farmers in the registration process.

Principal scientist of the institute, Dr. V.K. Choudhary gave information about protected agriculture as well as weed management in other crops. He told how farmers can reduce the cost of farming through conservation agriculture, besides saving time and protecting the soil and environment. After the technical session, the farmers were taken on a tour of the Directorate’s field and were also informed about the technologies displayed in the Technology Park. 350 farmers from 22 villages of Panagar, Patan, Gosalpur, Sihora, Kundam and Khukham areas participated in the workshop. Some progressive farmers also shared their experiences on various modern farming techniques. The program was conducted by Dr. Yogita Gharde, Senior Scientist and Dr. Chetan.C.R., Dr. There was special support from Deepak Pawar, Mr. S.K.Pare, Mr. J.N. Sen and Mr. Dhanshyam Vishwakarma.

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