A farmers’ Conference on Organic Farming for enhancing field crops production and doubling of farmers income was organised at ICAR-Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow on 6th August 2018. The conference was jointly organised by Krishi Vigyan Kendra, ICAR-Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow and Dy Director, Agriculture, Lucknow on 6th August 2018.
Shri Ranvendra Pratap Singh, Agriculture Minister for State, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh, in his inaugural address stressed the need for adopting “Jeevamrit” in field crops production to reduce indiscriminate use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. He shared his experiences about “Jeevamrit” method of crops cultivation with the participating farmers, KVK Scientists and development officers from the state govt. of Uttar Pradesh.
Dr. S.K. Shukla, Project Coordinator, ICAR-IISR, Lucknow emphasized the importance of carbon sequestration in Rice-Wheat-Sugarcane cropping system and briefed about the restoration of soil fertility and improving crops productivity in the present cropping systems being followed by the farmers of Uttar Pradesh.
Dr. S.N. Singh, Head, KVK stressed the need for recycling of crops residues for improving the health of soils and reducing the environmental pollution caused by burning of crop residues. Dr. Singh also urged to avoid monocropping and adopt intercropping systems in field crops production using green manures and legumes as intercrops for improving soil health with minimum use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
Dr. C.P. Srivastava, Dy. Director Agriculture, Lucknow briefed about the agricultural development programmes being implemented by the Agricultural Department of Uttar Pradesh.
Soil Health Cards and other prizes were distributed to the farmers.
About 300 farmers participated in this programme.
(Source: Krishi Vigyan Kendra, ICAR-Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow)