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ICAR-CIRCOT, Mumbai organized a Kishan Goshti-cum-demonstration programme on “ICAR-CIRCOT technologies” for farmers at Belghat village in Wardha District, Maharashtra under “Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav” programme on 9th March 2017. Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav is

ICAR-CIRCOT, Mumbai organized a Kishan Goshti-cum-demonstration programme on “ICAR-CIRCOT technologies” for farmers at Belghat village in Wardha District, Maharashtra under “Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav” programme on 9th March 2017. Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav is

ICAR-CIRCOT, Mumbai organized a Kishan Goshti-cum-demonstration programme on “ICAR-CIRCOT technologies” for farmers at Belghat village in Wardha District, Maharashtra under “Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav” programme on 9th March 2017. Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav is aimed to identify the present problems faced by the farmers in general and cotton cultivation in particular, to share the information for increasing farm income through adoption of best crop management practices and to create awareness about farmer friendly technologies. The programme began with the interaction of farmers with experts from ICAR-CIRCOT led by Dr. Virendra Prasad, Senior Scientist and members of Confederation of Indian Textile Industry, Cotton Development and Research Association (CITI-CDRA), Maharashtra. Farmers were educated about good agricultural practices for achieving substantial increase in cotton productivity, minimizing input cost and monitoring the soil health. The farmers were also briefed about the importance of cotton quality parameters and advised to ensure non-mixing of cotton with other varieties during picking operation to fetch good price for cotton. Dr. Virendra Prasad shared the technological information on utilization of cotton stalks in production of bio-enriched compost, cultivation of oyster mushroom, preparation of particles board, preparation of briquettes and pellets and corrugated boxes with farmers. He emphasized that the adoption of these technologies provides viable solution for on-farm management of cotton stalks and increase of farm income. In addition, he also highlighted the importance of scientific cottonseed processing and briefed farmers about the potential use of linter, hull and meal for the economic betterment of farmer community.
Mr. Dhiraj Patil informed farmers about good practices for picking and storages of cotton. He also advised farmers to attend the trainings being organized by ICAR-CIRCOT on utilization of cotton stalks for various uses to increase farm income. During the field visit he advised farmers to go for bio-compost from cotton stalks to save input cost of cultivation and to maintain the soil health for long run.

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