Technology and Machinery Demonstration Mela organized at IISR, Lucknow
‘Technology and Machinery Demonstration Mela’ was organized at the Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow organized on March 18, 2016. The Mela was inaugurated by the Chief Guest, Dr. S.R. Singh, Ex. Vice-Chancellor, Rajendra Agricultural University, Samastipur (Bihar). In his address, Dr. Singh stressed the urgent need of taking the developed implements and machinery to the farmers without any delay. Dr. Singh emphasized on the development of machinery for small farmers to make the mechanization affordable to them. Dr. Singh also emphasized that mechanization is helpful in solving the problem of scarcity of labourers for agriculture, economy of seed, fertilizer and water application, better germination, and in increasing farm productivity and income. Highlighting the potential and benefits of machineries developed at IISR, Lucknow, Dr. A.D. Pathak, Chairman of the function and Director, IISR pointed out the need for Government support in terms of providing enabling policy environment for speedier dissemination of these farm machineries. He also highlighted that such mechanization events have been organized all over the country under the ambit of ICAR AICRP Schemes on the Farm Implements and Machinery as well as under AICRP on Post-harvest Technology.
The Mela event was coordinated by Dr. A.K. Singh, Head, Division of Agricultural Engineering. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Singh stressed the need for mechanization in sugarcane keeping in view the labour scarcity in villages due to implementation of number of employment related Government schemes and informed about the success stories of farm implements and machineries developed at the Institute. Dr. S.I. Anwar, Incharge, Jaggery Unit apprised about the nutritional qualities of jaggery and its medicinal value and proposed the vote of thanks. About six hundred and fifty farmers from various districts of Uttar Pradesh participated in the Mela.
During the Mela, farm machinery developed at IISR, Lucknow for mechanization of sugarcane agriculture and jaggery manufacturing technology including three pan jaggery furnace, moulding frame and storage bins were exhibited and explained to the farmers. Live demonstrations of machineries were also performed in front of the farmers. Main piece of attraction was field demonstration of deep furrow sugarcane planter, trench planter and sugarcane cum potato planter. The farmers took keen interest in the machinery and equipment exhibited and expressed satisfaction that their visit was very fruitful.