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Report on Exposure Visit to Krishi Mela (kharif) 2022, CCSHAU, Hisar

An educational exposure visit was organised by School of Agricultural Sciences to the Krishi Mela (kharif) 2022, Hisar (Haryana) for the students of B.Sc. (Hons) Agriculture I, II and III year. This year the Krishi mela was organized from 15th to 16th March 2022 at the Krishi mela ground with the theme “Natural farming”. The educational visit was organized with the objective to give insight to students regarding latest innovative ideas, new technologies and best practices available in the field of agriculture and allied sectors, live demonstration of new and improved varieties of crops, sensor-based technology, knowledge about soil and water testing and further provide them an opportunity to interact with various agrochemical and seed companies.

Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University (CCSHAU), widely known as HAU, is one of the biggest agricultural university in Asia. The university contributes enormously in the field of agricultural education, research, extension and trainings. It came into existence on February 2, 1970 through an Act of Parliament to fulfil the mandates of teaching, research and extension. A pioneer in agricultural research, CCSHAU played a key role in India's Green and White Revolutions in the 1960s and 1970s, and it continues to have an impact in the sphere of agriculture.

The University bus with Dr. S.S. Sharma, Dr. Sourabh, Dr. Varsha and 26 students, left KRMU for CCSHAU at 07:30 am and reached there by 12:30 pm. First, the students were demonstrated new and improved varieties of crops, fruits, vegetables, flowers and also different plant pathogens and harmful insects which greatly impairs the productivity of various crops. There was also live demonstration of the use of drones for aerial spraying of chemicals or pesticides to control plant diseases, insects, weeds and other pests. Next, students were made aware about the concept of natural farming and new technologies and practices developed by the University for encouraging such type of farming. Natural Farming is a chemical free, traditional farming method and considered as an agroecology based diversified farming system which integrates crops, trees and livestock with functional biodiversity. It is the best farming method for environmental protection and human health and improves the quality of the land and the income of the farmers.

Students were also demonstrated various types of biofertilizers, vermicomposts and organic manures which can be used along with chemical fertilizers and thus, can reduce greater dependency on chemical fertilizers. At the same time, organic manures play an important role in improving soil quality and ultimately enhancing crop productivity. Next, students were demonstrated the methods of soil and water testing and how soil testing kits developed by agri- innovators can help in determining on the spot available nutrients status in the soil and at the same time also recommend dosage of various fertilizer based on the crop sown. Students were also acquainted with the technique of soil less cultivation, vertical farming, protected cultivation of

fruits and vegetables, organic farming, drip irrigation and fertigation. Students also interacted with new agri start-ups and fertilizer and seed companies which further enhanced their knowledge about this field. At last, students were given a complete tour of the university and the experimental farms which made them more aware of the research work going on currently in various fields of agriculture.

Visit to the Krishi Mela widened the knowledge of students through demonstration of new technologies and practices developed by the University for Natural Farming, usage of organic manures, biofertilizers and knowledge about the machines and equipment required for carrying  out various agricultural works and strengthening the future of Indian agriculture sector. Students also witnessed the recent advancement of smart agriculture for improving the crop productivity.

SOAS would like to thank the University administration and Management for making this trip a possibility. We also extend our thanks to bus driver and staff.

Dr S.S.  Sharma Dr Varsha Pandey Dr Sourabh Jakhar