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Kharif Awareness Programme

The Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Dharwad organized Kharif Awareness Programme cum Exhibition accompanied by scientists-farmers interaction at MP’s Adarsh Gram-Harobelavadi on 19th July 2015. Inaugurating the programme, Shri Pralhad Joshi, Hon’ble Member of Parliament and Chief Guest, expressed that the innovations and technological developments in the fields of medicine and agriculture has increased the life expectancy and agricultural productivity respectively. In the recent past, due to unscientific management, the cost of crop production is increasing and thus the farmers committing suicide has up surged. In this context, he suggested the Agricultural University to organize the programs that enhance farmers self confidence. Addressing the gathering, Dr. D.P. Biradar, Vice Chancellor in his Presidential remarks said that in order to build up self confidence in farmers, UAS, Dharwad has started “Raita Chetana” centre for which a toll free telephone number is allocated and farmers can get solutions to agriculture related problem. He also expressed that efforts shall be made to modify Harobelavdi as Adarsh Gram and the University has initiated useful programmes to farmers for the upliftment of the village. During this occasion, Shri Sharanappa Amminabhavi and Shri Doddappa Bandiwad, Progressive Farmers and beneficiaries of protected cultivation demonstration under KVK, welcomed Hon’ble MP and Vice Chancellor with the gerbera flowers cultivated in their own polyhouses. Dr. B. M. Khadi, Director of Research and Director of Extension, UAS, Dharwad welcomed the delegates and delivered introductory remarks. During the campaign, Smt. Kasturi Ashtagi, Member and President, Social Justice Committee, Zilla Panchayat, Dharwad, Shri Basavaraj Kundagol, President, Krishika Samaj, Dharwad, Shri Mahesh Yeligar, Vice President, Taluka Panchayat, Dharwad, Shri Amrut Desai, Member, Zilla Panchayat, Dharwad and Smt. Yallavva Bhovi, Vice President, Gram Panchayat, Harobelavadi were present. Dr. K.V. Natikar, Associate Director of Exte nsion, Dr. N. K. Biradarpatil, Special Officer(Seeds), UAS, Dharwad and Dr. Anand R. Gupta, Deputy Director, Dept. of Animal Husbandry, Dharwad arrived as special invitees. Dr. R.H. Patil, Dr. B.S. Yenagi, Dr. P.R. Dharmatti, Dr. Shripad Kulkarni, Dr. C.R. Patil, Dr. B.C. Kamanna, Dr. B.S. Nandihalli, Dr. Ramesh Babu, Dr. S.D. Kololgi, Dr. S. Rajakumar and Dr. Hemalatha S., Scientists of UAS, Dharwad served as resource persons and discussed on scientific farming, dairying, food processing and value addition. An exhibition displaying farmers friendly technologies was also organized. At the end, an interaction session of scientists-farmers was held. The campaign cum exhibition was organized under the leadership of Dr. S.M. Mantur, Programme Co-ordinator, KVK, Dharwad. More than 500 farmers and farm women from villages in and around of Harobelavadi participated in the programme.

Farm Machinery Exhibition

The Directorate of Extension and Krishi Vigyan Kendra, UAS, Dharwad under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojane organized one day Farm Machinery Exhibition – 2015 at KVK, Dharwad on 25.03.2015. Dr. B. M. Khadi, Director of Research inaugurated the exhibition and visited the different stalls. Dr. V. I. Benagi, Director of Extension, Dr. A. R. Alagawadi, Dean (Agri), College of Agriculture, Dharwad and Dr. K. V. Natikar, Associate Director of Extension, UAS, Dharwad were the chief guests of the function. A total of 18 different farm machinery manufacturers and distributors participated and exhibited the agricultural equipments. Laser leveler, rotovator, drudgery reducing equipments, different types of cycle weeder, plough , harrow, seed drill, envirofit chulha, millet processing unit, maize sheller etc., were exhibited to the farmers. The demonstration of laser based land leveling machinery was the key attraction of the exhibition. More than 600 farmers, farm women and students from Dharwad, Gadag, Belagavi and Hav eri districts participated in the exhibition. Dr. S. M. Mantur, Programme Co-ordinator along with staff of Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Dharwad organized this exhibition.

Awareness on Prime Ministers “Mann Ki Baat” programme

A forum for farmers & farm women of Dharwad district was arranged at KVK, Saidapur Farm, UAS, Dharwad to listen to the address delivered by the Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modiji to farmers under 6th edition of “Mann Ki Baat” programme on 22.03.2015 at 11.00 am. The programme was witnessed by more than 60 farmers in presence of UAS, Dharwad officials. The programme had encouraging response from the farmers of Dharwad district. The awareness programme created by KVK, Dharwad was broadcasted on Doordarshan Chandana channel.

Field Day on Onion (var. Bhima Super) Seed Production

Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Saidapur farm in collaboration with the Directorate of Extension, UAS, Dharwad under Rashriya Krishi Vikas Yojane organized field Day cum training on Onion Seed Production for the onion growers of Dharwad district at KVK, Dharwad on 10.03.2015. Dr. B.N. Patil, Associate Director of Research, UAS, Dharwad and Chief Guest of the function inaugurated the field day through watering the plant. He suggested the farmers to adopt UAS, Dharwad technologies in concern with scientists and pay attention on importance of soil and water conservation. Dr. K.V. Natikar, Associate Director of Extension, UAS, Dharwad expressed that the farmers have to avail information of modern technologies through ToT centres and take up agriculture based allied activities to enhance the productivity. Dr. P.R. Dharmatti, Professor of Horticulture, UAS, Dharwad enlightened farmers on improved cultivation practices of onion. Dr. N.K. Biradarpatil, Special Officer(Seeds), Seed Unit, UAS, Dharwad and president of the fu nction highlighted seed production as an entrepreneurial activity. He suggested farmers to stay tuned with agriculture and take up seed production in collaboration with UAS, Dharwad to gain more profits. Dr. S.M. Mantur, Programme Co-ordinator, KVK, Dharwad made introductory remarks and welcomed the gathering. Shri. K.H. Venkatesh, SADH, Navalagund briefed about the facilities available from KSDH. Dr. S.M. Hiremath, SMS (Horticulture) and Dr. K.P. Gundannavar, SMS (Ag. Entomology), KVK, Dharwad discussed on onion seed production and integrated pest management respectively. Shri. Basavareddi Roogi of Sotakanal, Shri. Balareddi Karamalli of Kadadalli and B.Sc. (Agri and Ag. Maco.), experiential learning students shared their experiences and views during the occasion. Visit to onion research plots of UAS, Dharwad was also organized by Shri. C.J. Kumar, Farm Manager, KVK, Dharwad. More than 150 farmers, farm women and students participated in the field day.

Training programme on Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Act

Krishi Vigyan Kendra, University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad in collaboration with Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Authority, New Delhi organized Capacity building training programme for farmers and stakeholders of Dharwad district on “Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Act” on 30.01.2015 at KVK, Dharwad. Chief Guest for the programme Dr. H.S. Vijaykumar, Director of Education, UAS, Dharwad inaugurated the programme by watering the sapling and addressed the gathering. He suggested the farming community to organize and avail the facilities of the authority in large proportion. Dr. N.K. Biradarpatil, Special Officer (Seeds), UAS, Dharwad enlightened the farmers on objectives and importance of registration of plant varieties. He praised the efforts of Association of Organic Farming, Gundenatti made towards protection and conservation of paddy varieties. During the occasion technical bulletin and a leaflet pertaining to Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights A ct 2001 was released by the dignitaries. Dr. V.I. Benagi, Director of Extension, UAS, Dharwad and President of the function expressed that farmers need to have an urge on their rights at national level. He suggested farmers to be aware of the rights and register their varieties. Shri. Rajashekhargouda G. Patil, Chairman, Shri Rajaganga Raitakuta, Soorashettikoppa, Shri. J.K. Kamble were also present during the occassion. Dr. N. K. Biradarpatil, Special Officer (Seeds), Seed Unit, UAS, Dharwad delivered lecture on importance of Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Act. Dr. (Smt.) Suma Mogali, Scientist (Genetics and Plant Breeding), AICRP on MULLARP, MARS, UAS, Dharwad briefed the procedures for registration of farmers varieties in PPVFRA. Shri. Shankar Hanumanth Langati, Plant Genome Saviour Farmer Recognition Awardee (2012) and Siddarudha Savayava Krishikara Balaga of Gundenatti village Tq. Khanapur Dist. Belagavi shared his experinces on protection and preservation of endangered local or native varieties. Shri. Channabasappa Kombali, President, Deshi Krishikara Balaga, Byadagi and Progressive Farmer, Kakol, Tq. Ranebennur Dist. Haveri and Shri. Shenik Raj discussed on protection and preservation of minor millets and paddy varieties. During the programme an exhibition of native plant varieties was also arranged. More than 150 farmers of Dharwad district participated in the training programme.

Training cum Workshop on Terrace Gardening

Training cum Workshop on Terrace Gardening for the urban dwellers of Dharwad district was organized on December 26, 2014 at Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Dharwad. Dr. D.P. Biradar, Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, UAS, Dharwad and Chief Guest of the function stressed the necessity of terrace gardening in relation to increasing population and decreasing cultivable land. Dr. B.N. Vishwanath, President of Garden City Farmers Forum, Bengaluru and Consultant, Organic Terrace Gardening, Dr. Rajendra Hegde, Project Officer, Vittal Malya Scientific Research Foundation, Bangalore and Dr. N.B. Gadugimath, Director, R&D – SARPAN Agri-Horticultural Research Centre, Dharwad served as resource persons. Rose seedlings and local variety seeds of different vegetables were distributed among the participants. During this workshop, the importance, activities, plant care, organic farming, integrated pest management, kitchen gardening, vermicomposting, rearing seedlings in pots and demonstration of pot culture followed by discussions w ere held. Scientists of UAS, Dharwad; Office bearers of Institution of Agricultural Technologists, Dharwad Unit, SCOPE NGO, Sinchana Nursery and Tulasi Agro Services were present during the occasion. Shri. M.G. Mayaganna, Terrace Garden practitioner, Hubli shared his experiences on terrace gardening with the participants. More than 125 participants from Dharwad district participated in the programme.

Animal Health Camp

Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Saidapur farm in collaboration with different institutes of Hireharkuni villages organized Animal health check-up and treatment camp at Hireharkuni on December 22, 2014. Around 135 cows, 48 buffaloes, 9 goats and 4 dogs were treated, vaccines for foot and mouth disease, deworming medicines and mineral mixtures were provided. Dr. Anil Patil, UAS, Dharwad, Dr. Shambu Bennur, District Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Department, Dr. H.C. Patil of Veterinary Hospital, Kundagol and Dr. S.M. Hallad, Veterinary Doctor, Milk Federation, Dharwad discussed on aspects of enhancing milk production, animal health protection, artificial insemination, mastitis followed by interaction with farmers and question and answering sessions. More than 100 farmers, farm women, members of different institutes participated.

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