Youths trained on sustainable farm practices at OUAT
Sunil Kumar Ghadei (28), a management graduate is among the many young professionals who are slowly but surely making their way into the rural fields of Odisha with the commitment to bring in a change in the agri scenario of the State.
Sunil and other young professionals are part of a three-day training- cum- exposure programme that is being organised at the Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) that will help them understand various concepts and practices to be implemented at grassroots level.
“We have been trying to restore the eroding indigenous farming practices and crop varieties through promotion of mixed, bio-diverse, improved crop production techniques such as the system of rice intensification (SRI) and system of crop intensification (SCI) and sustainable agriculture practices. The learning derived from these sessions will be used to conduct a series of awareness and training camps for small and marginal farmers on sustainable agriculture practices in different rural areas of the state,” explained Sunil.
For the next three days, the youths will be trained on various sustainable agriculture practices on organic farming, vegetable cultivation, and soil and water management. The learners were also taken on an exposure visit to the tropical mushroom research center and pest museum.
Hailing from different parts of Gajapati, Ganjam, Rayagada and Nayagarh districts, the youths were provided rich technical guidance by experts at OUAT on how to enhance their skills on organic farming.
Resource persons from the university including Dr Subash Sahoo, Sabhapati Khadenga and Bijay Ram Senapati explained the participants on how to share the sustainable agriculture practices and calculate the household level demand and consumption of food.
“Our effort has been to train cadre of human resource in sustainable agriculture practices and promote sustainable livelihoods by using various organic practices through community based institutions,” informed programme manager Gitanjali Das of the National Foundation for India, New Delhi that is organizing the training programme in partnership with The Hans Foundation.
“This has been a great exposure for us. We learnt many new techniques that can be implemented at the fields. I strongly believe that if small and marginal farmers could cultivate crops by applying the proper methods, then they are never left vulnerable or struggle for survival. I have been involved in seed treatment before raising the nursery, transplanting seedlings on the main field through line sowing method, performed timely weeding and application of organic manure besides using mechanized weeders for weed management,” said Saroj, another young participant.
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