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November 4, 2014

State Agriculture department organises Krishi Unnayan Mela in Kalyani

State Agriculture department organises Krishi Unnayan Mela in Kalyani

The state Agriculture department and Confederation of Indian Industries will organise a three-day agriculture fair at Mohanpur in Kalyani from 5 November to train farmers on the latest irrigation, machineries and fertilisers.

State Agriculture Minister Mr Purnendu Bose said that for the first time the state government is jointly organising such a fair with a business confederation. This could also provide the farmers more opportunities to know the use of high-tech machineries for better harvesting. The fair will be held at  Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya (BCKV).

Several organisations and companies associated with other sectors like poultry, fisheries, dairy, horticulture, floricultures will participate in the fair. The name of the fair is 'Krishi Unnayan Mela', and will also exhibit agriculture-related products and services.

A separate session 'Krishak Pathshala' will be held regularly in order to educate and provide training to the farmers on farm mechanisation, enhanced cropping intensity, improvement in high-yielding varieties of seeds and other agro-related topics.

There will be buyer-seller meet and farmers could purchase equipment directly from the manufacturers. This will help farmers to purchase equipments on cheap rate as manufacturers will directly sell items. Several officials from different departments of the state government will participate in the fair.

Participants will come from first moving consumer goods (FMCG) related to agriculture sectors, food-processing sector, baking, insurance and financial institutes, educational sector, research and training institute, animal husbandry sector, cold storage, packaging and solar power sectors.

“This fair will also showcase major Indian agriculture, food processing machineries and equipments and explore possibility of setting up units which manufacture farm equipments,” said Mr Bose. It may be recalled that the state accounts for 30 per cent of potatoes, 27 per cent  of pineapples, 12 per cent of bananas and 16 per cent of India's rice production. Additionally fruits like mangoes, papaya, guava, and jackfruits and vegetables like tomatoes, cauliflowers, cabbage, brinjal and pumpkin are available in plenty.