Third training programme for scheduled caste farmers
ICAR-Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research, Rajgurunagar, Pune organized third training programme on “Onion Production Technology” under Scheduled Caste Sub Plan (SCSP) scheme for farmers of Maharashtra during March 27-28, 2019. It was attended by 28 scheduled caste farmers. Dr. Vijay Mahajan, Principal Scientist (Horticulture) suggested for the use of drip or sprinkler irrigation system to save water, labour and have other added advantages compared to flood irrigation. Dr. A. J. Gupta, Principal Scientist (Horticulture) urged to the farmers to get the benefit of the scheme to improve their livelihood. Lectures were delivered by scientists of ICAR-DOGR on improved varieties, nursery management, cultivation practices, fertilizer management, micro-irrigation, pest control, harvesting, storage, postharvest management, marketing, role of SHGs in increasing socio-economic status of farmers, etc. topics. The various agro-practices were demonstrated to farmers at ICAR-DOGR farm. Farmers were exposed to different agro-innovative techniques. The queries of the farmers were answered by the scientists of ICAR-DOGR in interactive sessions. The farmers also expressed their views on the occasion. In valedictory function, certificates were distributed to the participants. The farmers were provided seed of ICAR-DOGR varieties, fertilizers, pesticides and technical bulletins. Dr. S. S. Gadge, Senior Scientist (Agricultural Extension) and Dr. R. B. Kale, Scientist (Agricultural Extension) coordinated the training programme.