The program enabled Agriculture Department staff to provide much-needed technical assistance to farmers in remote villages in Mysuru District
Mysuru: The Krishi Sanjeevini program initiated by the Department of Agriculture has proven beneficial for farmers in Mysuru district. The program aims to bring mobile labs to agricultural fields, study conditions and respond to farmers’ needs.
Under this program, the government has provided mobile vans that reach agricultural fields, survey conditions and respond to farmers’ needs for pest control, soil fertility, weeds and crops suitable for existing conditions. .
As many as 2.76 lakh families depend on agriculture in the district. Following the success of the Krishi Sanjeeveeni Van pilot project, the state government allocated a van to each of the seven taluks from June. Last year, the agriculture department donated one vehicle to each district, but now it has extended the program to all districts.
As the vehicle is equipped with a mobile soil testing laboratory, farmers can also have the opportunity to test soil fertility, obtain remedies for soil improvement and obtain solutions to control pests. weeds of all crops.
District agriculture technical officer Nagendra told TOI that trained agriculture department personnel are deployed in the vans to provide on-the-spot remedies to farmers, including pest control after identifying the pests. causes. The vehicle is also equipped with the necessary software to provide solutions to farmers.
Agriculture Co-Director CR Chandrashekhar told TOI that the vans will be parked at the prominent Krishi Samparka Kendras at the taluk headquarters. Farmers can avail his services after reaching taluk or Krishi Samparka Kendras agriculture office now, he added.
Over the past two months, the department has received three to five van queries from each taluk daily. The department has taken steps to provide wide publicity to farmers to use the facility, he said.
Although the initiative is helpful to farmers, the agriculture department needs to send agricultural scientists to the fields with these pickups to get the best results, said Karnataka sangha president Rajya Raita, Kurubur Shantakumar.
“There are complaints that the government has not deployed agricultural scientists and is instead sending only training technical staff to the fields. The government should also employ Krishi Vignana Kendras, who is responsible for agricultural development activities in 50 to 60 villages to make farming a profitable profession as well as helping farmers find solutions to their problems,” said he told YOU.