Kisan Mela in Changthang Valley

12th September, 2018, Changthang, Leh

Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Nyoma, Leh organized Kisan Mela in Changthang valley of Leh situated at an altitude of 13900 ft. Mr. Tsering Wangdus, Executive Councillor, Agriculture, Ladhak Development Council was the chief guest. Farmers and village heads/gobas from different clusters and Tibetan Refugees Camps of Changthang region attended the event and brought their produces for the exhibition.

KVK organises Kisan Mela in Changthang Valley at 14000 feet   KVK organises Kisan Mela in Changthang Valley at 14000 feet

Mr. Tsering Wangdus, in his address, called upon the farmers to remain in touch with experts for technical guidance. He informed that he was surprised to see such a variety of quality exhibits of the farmers and stressed them to maintain the organic culture of cultivation in Changthang, which is also the vision of LDC, Leh. He appreciated the activities of KVK in reaching out farmers in hostile climatic conditions and urged the farmers to grow quality seeds of oats, alfa-alfa, clover, peas, beans, potato etc facilitated by KVK. He also requested nomadic herders to use mineral mixture, pellet/mash feed and curd churners, spinning and knitting machines for women folk. He also gave away the prizes to the farmers and farm women.

Mr. Tsering Motup, SDM Nyoma, in his address appreciated the farmers for cultivation of variety of vegetables, which was earlier considered as impossible in Changthang region. He lauded the efforts of KVK for making awareness among resource poor farmers and providing technical know-how by demonstrating the suitable technologies like vegetable cultivation in low tunnels and mud polyhouses.

Earlier, Dr. Maheshwar Singh, PC, KVK, Nyoma welcomed the dignitaries, scientists, farmers and farm women and informed the purpose of Mela. He urged the farmers to adopt the latest varities of fodder and vegetables for higher production in this region. He informed that demonstration of different technologies will motivate the farm women to adopt the latest technologies. He appreciated the farm women who came in large number in the event.

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