November 21, 2016 06:58 PM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

Display of Post-harvest technologies, latest farming equipment, new generation seeds, alternative sources of energy like solar power and the chance to interact with their brethren were some of the major pull factors that saw farmers visit CII Agro Tech 2016 at the Parade Ground, Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Monday.Farmers were impressed at the way the event had been organised and found several interesting points that could help them farm with ease and better expectation of profit. Sukhjinder Singh, 59, a farmer from Adhoi village, Barara Tehsil in Ambala, who was part of a 50-member group of farmers said, “The new machines on offer are good and I am specifically looking for solutions that will help me increase productivity.”He shared that he was also alarmed at the straw burning menace and wanted to look for new, cheap and relevant solutions at the fair.When told that there was a stall at CII Agro Tech 2016 that was in fact likely to start making organic manure from rice straw, he said, “Yes, indeed. This is what makes such fairs stand out. I have used the manure that was passed on as samples by the company and the solution worked.”He added that for group of farmers, the stall on newer generation of seeds and the equipment were the main draw. He added that polyhouse farming was also something that was of interest to a lot of people in his group.Another farmer, SK Randhawa, had come to the fair looking for solutions to his need to ensure that his cattle shed was well-aired at a low cost.“In March, I will be investing in a fan for my cattle shed and thought that it was a good opportunity to get an idea of the costs involved. The PEDA stall helped resolve my queries. Such fairs are really a boon for farmers like me.” 63-year-old continues affair with farming Proving that a farmer’s relationship with land is ageless, Ramdev Singh, a 63-year-old farmer from Bir Khrumpur village in Phagwara, was walking with the help of a stick, but still had the energy of a 20-year-old as he walked around CII Agro Tech 2016 with his son for company. Having travelled around two hours, the patriarch said he loved the fragrance of land and was always ready to adopt technology, as that was the only way forward.“I was one of the leaders who took to the use of Happy Seeder to get rid of paddy straw. It has been 35 years, since I had rice waste (straw) generated out of my fields,” he claims.On the equipment he liked most at the fair, he said a Hole Digger, a machine that helped in even cultivation of seeds, was one that had a lot of relevance for farmers.

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