Nagpur: RTM Nagpur University Alumni Association organized a presentation on “Technology Centric Bio-village Concept- Conventional to Cultural Commercial Farming” by renowned scientist and Bio fertilizer expert Dr Ashok Yadav, ex Director, National Centre of Organic Farming, Govt. of India and presently President of ICCOA on 15th January 2015 at Nagpur RTM Nagpur University Alumni Association Hall, RTM Nagpur University Library premises, Ramdaspeth, Nagpur.
In this presentation Dr. Yadav explained the concept of technology centric and commodity specific model villages with end to end solutions for crop and animal husbandry, farm mechanization, water conservation and management, on-farm input production, post-harvest management, value addition and processing.
He said the goal can be accomplished with the support of institutional network, expert technology support, organic farming clusters with processing facilities and Briefing of Marketing strategy, Financial and Government assistance. He emphasized that Best combination of man, machine, science and nature under environment friendly organic and biological approaches to create socially viable and economically profitable farming business enterprise is need of the hour.
The presentation was followed by discussions with Scientists, entrepreneurs, stake holders and NGOs which are participating village up-liftment programs, self-help groups, microfinance, organic cultivation, water resources management.
Main focus of discussion and presentation was on making unit economically viable with direct linkage to markets. It was also suggested that farmer producer companies should be properly formed for availing the benefits from Govt schemes. Kavita Dambhare while sharing her experience in Gadchiroli, Bhandara and Chandrapur said that farmers have apprehensions about low yield potential of organic farming and farmers will be willing only if such innovations are made commercially viable. She said that unless youth in villages are motivated to adopt concept of Technology centric bio village no progress can be made.
Sajal Kulkarni from BAIF Foundation said that local breed of Cows and other animals are an important factor for sustainable Bio centric village.
Mr. D. G. Garwe of Anacon laboratories informed that scientific studies have found that on nutritional values of NPK of cow dung of Indian cow breed are better than foreign breeds.
Mrs Shaymla Sanyal suggested that organic food is precious and therefore it should not be processed.
Om Jajodia, Chairman, VIA Agro forum shared his experience on role of bovine cattle to improve the fertility of soil.
Dr. S P Pande, Rtd Head, Animal Husbandry, PKV suggested Dairy Farming to meet the need of manure for organic cultivation.
Mohan Patki said that organic farming should be taken up as Industyry than only India can imerge as leading player in world market.
Ankush Khairkar student of botany department raised question on viability of organic farming as it is a slow process and farmer of our Country are poor.
Laxmikant Parwe of NEEM Foundation said that Neem trees should be an integral part of Organic farming.
The meeting was presided by Shyam Pandharipande, EC Member. S.B.Laddha,CEO, Vasudhara Dairy, AMUIL, Y.N. Kabra from Wardha ,B.D Sampatsingh, Tata Group, Mumbai, Mohan Patki ,Pratap Goswami,C.S Vitlani, Kiran C Vitlani, Sunita Singh, Ajaykumar Singh, Chetan Elkunchwar, Sangeeta Mishra, Dr. Gautam Kamble also participated in the programme.
Sudhir Paliwal, General Secretary RTMNU Alumni Association conducted the proceedings and proposed vote of Thanks.