Gram Unnati with KVKs launches farmer awareness workshops

Gram Unnati with KVKs launch farmer awareness workshops

Gram Unnati, an integrated agritech solutions company, has recently launched a series of farmer awareness workshops along with Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVK). Under the series, a workshop was conducted in association with KVK-Bareilly for paddy farmers in Uttar Pradesh. The first camp was held at Mangadpur village, Riccha block in Bareilly and was participated by nearly 100 paddy farmers.

The knowledge workshop was organised to provide guidance to farmers on the appropriate and scientifically recommended package of practices to be followed in the crop after transplantation has taken place. It was organised by the UP project team of Gram Unnati comprising Nupur Mishra (project manager), Pawan Kumar (project coordinator), and field officers Vishwajeet and Tejram.

Gram Unnati has also lined up a series of farmer awareness workshops with KVKs across western Uttar Pradesh. Besides UP, Gram Unnati is also launching similar workshops with KVKs in Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Haryana, and Maharashtra. The awareness workshops would focus on imparting best practices for paddy with an emphasis on the agronomical practices to be followed after sowing as well as looking into opportunities for market linkage.

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Highlighting the awareness workshop with KVKs, Aneesh Jain, CEO & Founder, Gram Unnati said, “Over the past few months during interactions and meetings with the Gram Unnati field team, farmers have brought up the problem of pest and disease infestation in paddy. This problem affects the quality and productivity of the crop, which makes it difficult for the farmers to sell their goods at a profit.”

“For many farmers, in the past, the entire paddy field has been destroyed due to lack of timely guidance with respect to control and management of pests along with nutrient management. In this region, paddy is the principal crop grown during the Kharif season, making it one of the main sources of income for local farmers. This is the reason why we decided to organise awareness camps for farmers with the help of KVKs.”

On being part of this initiative Dr. Brijpal Singh, KVK Bareilly in-charge said, “We are delighted to be a part of this programme organised by Gram Unnati. This is a great platform that would help the farmers learn new technology to better their produce. We interacted with the farmers today regarding practices to be followed to get a good production of paddy and the importance of soil testing.”

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During the training session, farmers were imparted lessons on post-sowing practices, such as weed control, fertiliser application, irrigation practice, integrated nutrient management and pest and disease management.  Farmers were also provided with knowledge about the proper agronomic procedures to implement in paddy to improve the crop’s quality and overall productivity.

Training will also help in disseminating pertinent new technology being used to support sustainable agriculture, which is good for both farmers and the environment. Even after the training, farmers will continue to receive timely advice and guidance from the Gram Unnati field team to guarantee a robust paddy crop.

The camp was attended by Dr. Brijpal Singh – KVK Bareilly in-charge,; Dr. Ranjeet Singh – Agri scientist, KVK; Dr. Rakesh Pandey – Agri scientist, KVK; Inderpal Singh – a local officer from the agriculture department; Shyam Singh – expert on micro-nutrients and Dr. BP Singh – agri expert from Gram Unnati.

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