Agricultural Education for Chhattisgarh’s Rural Farmers through Kisan Pakhwada

Raipur (  | As per the instructions of the state government, an educational agricultural Pakwadha (a fortnightly educational event for farmers) is being organised in various districts of Chhattisgarh with the aim of educating farmers about innovative approaches of cultivating alternative cash crops instead of just paddy . In order to create awareness in farmers about new crops, seeds, vermicompost and farming methodologies, Pakhwada has already been started in Kanker in which farmers are being encouraged to grow beneficial cash crops instead of just growing paddy, They are also being made aware about the harmful effects of chemical fertilisers and are being asked to switch to organic vermicompost, super compost instead of using chemical fertilisers.

Recently, another special agricultural fortnight was organised in village Bade Kapasi of Pankhajur tehsil and village Korar of Bhanupratappur tehsil. The farmers were made aware about the application process of state governments schemes like Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojna,Kisan samman Nidhi Yojna aimed to provide financial assistance to farmers. The Farmers were also given education on adopting different crop rotations along with trying out the cultivation of hybrid varieties of aromatic paddy that sell at a higher price. Agriculture officials said that by adopting crop rotation, farmers will get direct benefits due to increase in income of the farmers, improvement in the quality of land, increase in water holding capacity, environmental improvement and reduction in the cost of cultivation.