Farmers require ongoing training and education on fast-moving developments in technology, science, business management, and an array of other skills in agriculture to increase the farmers’ level of productivity. Providing training platforms to farmers and enhancing their knowledge on latest scientific advances and technology tools into their daily operations will enable them to grow food efficiently, economically and to adopt practices that are profitable, environmentally sound, and contribute to quality of life.
In view of this, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Cornell Sathguru Foundation for Development (CSFD) has organized a Farmer to Farmer interactive training program at University of Agricultural Sciences (UASD), Dharwad, Karnataka, India during 19-23 September 2017, with a key objective of imparting exposure to the farmers on recent advances in farming for wheat and legume crops and practical orientation to the seed systems and digital applications at the small farm level. Farmers from Bhutan, Bangladesh, Nepal and from the Self Help Women Association Group (SEWA) based in Gujarat, India has participated in the training. The training was held for five days, of which a day and half days were dedicated to class room orientation on latest developments in new crop variety development; advances in irrigation; heavy machinery; crop and livestock development; post-harvest and food processing technologies; use of IT tools. Subsequently farmers were given field exposure over a day and a half to the seed processing, seed village and interaction with farmers in the seed village.
The last two days the farmers were given an opportunity to participate in the Krishi Mela Krishi mela (farmers fair) organized by the University of Agricultural Sciences in Dharwad to mingle with other farmers and learn the latest advances in agriculture. Cornell chronicle brought out a press release on the program please find the link: http://news.cornell.edu/stories/2017/10/cornell-supports-south-asias-largestfarmer-farmer-fair