India: Agriculture students learn and educate

90 seventh semester students of the College of Agriculture at VC Farm, Zonal Agricultural Research Station, on the outskirts of Mandya, are gaining Rural Agricultural Work Experiences (RAWE) through the 90-day compulsory village stay programme across the district, since July 19.

The RAWE was designed for students to gain rural life experience besides encouraging farmers to adopt modern agricultural practices. The students are divided into five teams and have been sent to T.M. Hosuru, Jakkanahalli, Alagudu, Urumarukasalagere and Santhekesalagere. They have collected socio-economic data, identified crop patterns and also tried to develop a grasp on prevailing issues pertaining to farming activities, besides chalking out plans to motivate farmers towards modern agricultural practices.

Educating farmers on integrated disease and pest management, trash management in sugarcane, vermin-compost, intercropping and paired row planting in sugarcane, bio-fertilisers, organic farming, safe use of pesticides, integrated farming system, sanitisation, soil fertility status, nutrient management to increase yield in coconut and other crops, and Azolla feeding for cattle to increase milk production, are some of the programmes.

“We share our knowledge learnt at classrooms or at fields at the V.C. Farm with farmers we meet,” S. Rakesh, in Alagudu, said.

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