3-day GRAM aims at linking farmers and technology

By Times Of India on 29 Oct 2017
UDAIPUR: Themed around 'Doubling Farmer Income', a three-day Global Rajasthan Agritech Meet (GRAM) is being jointly organised by the government of Rajasthan and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FICCI) at the Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture & Technology in Udaipur from 7 to 9 November.

The fair is aimed to connect villagers and technology by means of showcasing new components that includes forest products, hybrid maize seed production technology, pearl culture, soybean processed food products, 'Organic Dungarpur' and Mukhya Mantri Jal Swavlamban Abhiyan (MJSA) themes.

One of the core objectives of 'GRAM' Udaipur would be to empower the farmers with latest technical know-how and best practices while providing them with new business opportunities and avenues for growth and agriculture and allied ecosystems.

The event will bring all stakeholders- farmers from in and around Udaipur, agribusiness companies, academicians, progressive farmers and farmer groups, financial institutions, animal husbandry experts and policy makers.

"An area of 1200 sq. meters the Smart Farm is being developed on the theme 'Doubling Famer Income'. It will display this theme through numerous strategies as advocated by the state government," principal secretary, agriculture, Neelkamal Darbari informed. These strategies will include: Per Drop More Crop (through drip irrigation, water conservation and MJSA), Soil Health (through soil testing labs, soil health cards and organic farming), Post-Harvest Loss and Value Addition (through display of processing technology and products from various crops), National Farm Market through e-NAM (Electronic-National Agriculture Market) and allied agriculture activities (through dairy, bee-keeping, fisheries, mushroom cultivation and animal husbandry).

Other components like Precision Agriculture (through modern farm machinery & implements and protected cultivation), Clean Energy (through solar power and bio gas), nursery and fruit orchards would also be crowd-pullers at the Smart Farm in Udaipur.