Under the chairmanship of Bihar Agriculture Minister Sudhakar Singh, a workshop was organized in Patna for the preparation of the fourth agriculture roadmap. In this discussion, across the country agriculture Along with the award-winning farmers, experts participated. Everyone gave many suggestions to give a new height to the agriculture system of Bihar. Under which the experts advocated to take the market to the farmers. During this, Agriculture Minister Sudhakar Singh said that this roadmap will be such an agricultural roadmap, which will set the direction for the country and will be prepared keeping in mind the coming generation.
He said that the Agriculture Department is the policy making department and the upcoming agriculture roadmap will be prepared keeping in mind the market rather than the cost of the inputs. At the same time, many important suggestions were given by farmers and experts for the roadmap in the discussion.
Demand to focus on packaging of GI tag agricultural products
In the discussion, NC Saha, former Director of Indian Packaging, requested for special attention to packaging in the 4th Agricultural Road. He said that special attention needs to be paid to the packaging of agricultural products certified with GI tag of Bihar. He suggested the formation of Makhana Board for the development and export of Makhana and planning for the use of corrugated fiber board boxes in the marketing and export of banana. He said that 58 thousand micro, small and medium enterprises are established in the state of Bihar, which are mostly associated with food processing, there is a need to give them a platform.
Demand for emphasis on providing market for agricultural products
In the discussion, APEDA Banaras official CB Singh said that the agriculture export policy for Bihar is almost in the final stages. Special focus should be given on making the fourth agriculture roadmap market based, not production based. He informed that with the help of APEDA, permission has been received to set up a pack house costing Rs.6 crore in Darbhanga. APEDA is collaborating for export of Jardalu Mango and Litchi from the state and work is being done on behalf of their institute for export of sheared rice. He said that the plan to bring entrepreneurs to the market should be a part of the fourth agriculture roadmap. The state of Bihar should take advantage of the Government of India’s Krishi Udan and Kisan Rail.
He said that Patna is also included in Krishi Udan Yojana. Capacity building, visits and awareness programs related to marketing of farmers need special attention. Along with this, he also stressed on monitoring all training programs.
Demand for promotion of babycorn cultivation
In the discussion, Padma Shri Kawal Singh Chouhan, Haryana suggested that Bihar is famous for the cultivation of maize. Here, instead of maize, babycorn and sweetcorn should be cultivated and market arrangements should be made by setting up a processing unit. This arrangement can also be done through FPO. India’s baby corn and sweetcorn are in good demand abroad.
commercial use of litchi
Also, Padmashree Kawal Singh Chouhan said that the litchi of Muzaffarpur is world famous. There is a demand for litchi pulp all over the world. Its cultivation should be promoted. Arrangements should be made to export litchi pulp by setting up new litchi orchards and setting up FPO processing unit and litchi juice should also be packed in Bihar. At the same time, a policy should be made to promote the jute industry as well.
Straw made of wheat sticks
Padmashree Chandrashekhar Singh Banaras, in the discussion, the seed producer and the processing farmer suggested for direct sowing of paddy for paddy cultivation in less water and to create corridor for consumer based market for natural farming/organic farming. He told the method of making juice drinking straws from wheat stalks, so that they can get rid of plastic straws. He laid special emphasis on making farmers agri entrepreneurs.
Advocating to focus on water management
Rajasthan’s farmer Laxman Singh Lopadia talked about water management and water harvesting by making animal feed and small ponds in the crop circle. He talked about land and water conservation by adopting the famous Chaika model (Lopadia model) in Rajasthan. He invited the departmental officer including the honorable minister to come to his village on November 11, 2022. On that day people are made aware to conserve their resources by organizing yatras in all the villages of that area.
At the same time, in the discussion, Karan Singh Nirwan gave his views on Gopalan and Crop Diversification. He laid special emphasis on the use of indigenously prepared insecticides instead of chemical insecticides for the prevention of insect-disease and indigenous cow for pure indigenous food.
AR Patil, a farmer from Karnataka, stressed on adopting such a farming system, especially agro-forestry (including pastures and ponds for fodder).
Demand to promote cultivation of medicinal plants
Jamui farmer Arjun Mandal gave his views on the promotion of medicinal and aromatic plants in the state. He requested for propagation of medicinal and aromatic plants and planning of herbal kitchen garden. At the same time, he told that the biggest problem in medicinal and aromatic plants is to dry them and process them. On which the government should pay attention.
Advocating to bring the market to the farmers
IIT Patna Director Prof TN Singh advocated to bring the market to the farmer. He said that if you eat native, you will think about the country. He said that the drone technology developed in Bihar and for Bihar and the responsibility of training the pilot to fly the drone was taken by his institute.
Demand for training beekeeper farmers
In the discussion, Subroto Ghosh requested for setting up of laboratory in Bihar to facilitate necessary NMR test for agricultural products especially honey and chilli produced in the state. Farmer Dayanand of Muzaffarpur told that farmers will be benefitted by setting up a honey processing unit worth Rs 25 lakh. Drawing attention to the biggest problem in beekeeping, he said that the beekeepers extract honey from the brood chamber in the box. Therefore it is necessary that the farmers should be given proper training in this subject. At the same time, he also told that when the bee sucks the juice from the flowers, due to the absence of nectar, only processes the honey by sucking the moisture lying on the flowers, which is reducing the quality honey production.
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