6 May 2017
Confederation of Indian Industry in association with Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India, and Mehram Publications, organized the second Innovative Farmers Meet at Tarn Taran today. As many as 1,000 farmers visited the various stalls of farm implements organized as part of the farmers meet and took part in a session on Wetland conservation and organic farming held on the occasion. At today’s farmers meet, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd (Swaraj Division) announced prviding expensive farm implements like Mulchear and Rotavator at rent of Rs 350 per acre for farmers who cannot afford to buy them.
Er DPS Kharbanda, Deputy Commissioner, Tarn Taran, called on the farm implements’ industry to provide expensive farm implements on rent to farmers who cannot afford them. On his call Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd (Swaraj Division) announced to provide Mulchear and Rotavator machines at rental of Rs 350 per acre for farmers.
“CII’s initiative of organizing Innovative Farmers Meet is great opportunity for farmers to learn modern agricultural techniques so they can earn great profit. I thank Swaraj Tractors for providing expensive farm implements on rent for as low as Rs 350 per acre,” he said.
Dr Dharambir Agnihotri, MLA, Tarn Taran, said, “Owing to steps taken by district administration it is the first year that stubble burning has drastically come down. Providing expensive farm implements on hire is a great step in helping farmers flourish. Farmers must also learn latest techniques from Krishi Vigyan Kendras and propagate the same for more profitable sustainable agricultural practices.”
In his special address, Mr Sujoy Rakshit, Director, ICAR – Indian Institute of Maize Research, said, “Maize has very high potential to diversify cropping pattern in Punjab because of its diverse utility as food, feed, fodder, and industrial inputs on one hand and lower requirement of water as compared to competing khareef crops like rice. Specialty corn viz sweet corn and baby corn has great potential to be grown organically baby corn and sweet corn have immense potential. With rising purchasing power and awareness regarding harmful effects of inorganically cultivated produce organically and grown produce.”
Dr Ramandeep Singh, Professor of Business management, School of Business studies, PAU, emphasised on sustainable agriculture while speaking on ‘Sustainable Agricultural Practices & Impact of Agriculture Runoff on Wetlands’. said, “Understanding of Agri business will definitely enhance Agri business skills, further understanding of product and market development will enhance profitability of agri-preneurs. I can proudly say that existing agri-preneurs / progressive farmers/ rural youth of Punjab have developed new brands and are making lot of profits.”
Dr Paramjeet Singh, Professor of Business Management, School of Business Studies, Punjab Agriculture University, said, focus needs to be on how to control pesticide load, control insects in the basis of threshold. Wetlands need to be preserved with joint efforts. He also stressed on application technology so that environment is not polluted.