As a part of the activity, East West Seeds India team trained the farmers about 'profitability' of vegetable farming along with Good Agricultural Practices and Integrated Farming Systems that are aimed to increase the income of smallholder farmers.
Speaking on the occasion, Dilip Rajan, Managing Director of East West Seed India said “ Our mission is to improve the livelihood of smallholder vegetable farmers. East West Seed India started Knowledge Transfer initiative in 2016. We are currently serving farmers across 5 states - Orissa, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. We have trained more than 19000 farmers in 2018 and we aim to train about 35000 farmers this year. Furthermore, we are also planning to expand to Assam, West Bengal, Bihar and Uttarakhand. Krishi Mela is a great opportunity for us to demonstrate the inherent benefits of Vegetable farming.”
An important part of the training was creating awareness on cropping pattern , cropping sequence methods to maximise productivity through improved agronomic practices (drip irrigation, mulching, staking, net-house, phytosanitation, plant health), sharing of on-field knowledge and skills (better skills for better yield, on-spot visits, training farmers, field
apps and crop guides) and alternative crops to support sustainable vegetable growing practices. The trainings were conducted at a specially created demo plot which showcased 28 vegetable crops and 68 varieties.