State made great strides in agriculture in 2017

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 27 Dec 2017 14:17:19


By Piyush Shrivastava,

For the farmers, farming and agriculture education, research and extension, the Year 2017 remained full of happenings of important and significant nature. In 2017, again the Madhya Pradesh Government attained Krishi Karmana Award for the successive fifth time. Joining of new Vice Chancellor, Professor Pradeep Kumar Bisen, who is expert in extension services and had wide experience in students’ welfare activities, research and academics.

This year, following dip in onion prices in the leading onion markets of the State, pandemonium was witnessed amongst locals. Besides this, following delayed rains and unfavorable weather conditions, the vegetable production was hit in Kharif season and due to which prices were skyrocketing.

The drive to enhance agriculture market and food processing through promotion of food technology-based MSMEs and to involve farmers in secondary agriculture, the Government of India, through National Agriculture Bank of Rural Development, initiated an innovative programme of developing SHGs and FPCs. Besides this, for agriculture graduates and higher secondary pass unemployed rural youths, the Government of India, Ministry of Agriculture with Ministry of Food Processing Industry has launched self-employment promotion and MSME schemes offering high subsidy upto 40 per cent. In this, for women, OBC and SC-ST entrepreneurs, special privileges and support are in provision.

The new Vice Chancellor, Professor Pradeep Kumar Bisen was accorded a rousing welcome by the students, teachers by holding special welcome parade and to bid warm farewell to outgoing Vice Chancellor, Professor Vijay Singh Tomar.
Another prestigious award added in the crown of Jawaharlal Nehru Agriculture University with the felicitation with Lifetime Achievement Award of the previous Vice Chancellor of JNAU, Professor Vijay Singh Tomar in All India Soil Science Convention at New Delhi.

Besides this, in order to ensure technology transfer from research laboratory to the farmers round the year, a series of symposiums, workshops, farmers conventions were organised. The JNAU has inked MoUs with Japan and Australian universities and also inked pact with the NABARD, Madhya Pradesh Consortium of Farmers Producers Company to provide specialised training to the members of self help groups and farmers producers companies.

In order to enhance the research, extension, academic and cultural exchange, the JNAU has designed special training programmes for farmers based on need of entrepreneurship in farming. This year, Agriculture University has started training programme for farmers.

To develop agriculture entrepreneurship, a vibrant stream for agriculture graduates to establish their own employment, the University reshaped its Business Development and Planning Unit as Agri-Entrepreneurs Development Mandate in READY programme incepted by 5th Deans Committee of Indian Council of Agriculture Research. Applying this model, encouraging Agriculture students to become entrepreneurs, university initiated outsourcing of products marketing, branding prepared by students under Experiential Learning Project funded by Indian Council of Agriculture Research as per recommendation of Fifth Deans Committee.

Successive for the 5th year, the Krishi Karmana Award came to Madhya Pradesh for highest agriculture production rate brought appreciation for the research team of the university at national level.

In the month of March, a three-day National Farmers’ Fair “Krishi Udai 2017” was organised to share ongoing research, developments and works at national level in different SAUs, national research institutes besides progressive farmers men and women, students representing different districts Around 40 departments and 75 national and multinational companies put up there stall displaying machines, implements and farm inputs.

During the year 2017, various important training was organised for the scientists, students, researchers and also for farmers. In this workshop by Crop Variety Protection and Farmers Right Authority and Jawaharlal Nehru Agriculture University, scientists, researchers of 23 Krishi Vigyan Kendras and 5 Agriculture Research Stations participated. On this occasion, around 551 varieties of seeds from different far-flung villages of the State handed over to Dr Hanchal, Chairman of Crop Variety Protection Authority by the Vice Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru Agriculture University, Professor Vijay Singh Tomar.

Soil scientists of Soil Science and Agriculture Chemistry Department, Jawaharlal Nehru Agriculture University bagged national award in the 28th All India Micro Nutrient Project held at Indian Soil Institution, Bhopal in association with University.
In research, the JNAU, continuing the study of over 300 farm tests on hybrid technology, benefitted a large number of farmers.

Another important training was organised by the Department of Soil Science and Agriculture Chemistry, Centre for Advance Faculty Training.
Ensuring protection of farmers profit from losses due to any reason, the Government of Madhya Pradesh has initiated Mukhya Mantri Bhawantar Bhugtan Yojna as per wish of Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan to make farming a profitable enterprise in State. The scheme benefits large number of farmers, who have sown scheduled crops in State like Pulses and other crops that were affected due to natural calamity or some other reason.

In order to protect the subsidiary rivers of Narmada in Jabalpur district, the Gaur and Pariyat rivers from pollution caused due to animal waste, the Jabalpur Municipal Corporation and District Administration has demolished dairy farmers failing to comply recommendations over treatment of dairy used water before releasing in these rivers. It may be mentioned that these subsidiary rivers are major source of irrigation for the farmers on the bank of both the streams.

With high hopes in coming year 2018, the Agriculture fraternity of the State would progress and maintain its dominance in the agriculture production and in providing maximum profits to the farmers.