Singrauli: Northern Coalfields Limited (NCL) organised a virtual dialogue for the local tribal farmers under the “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav” celebrations. During the programme, eminent agricultural experts from Indian universities and other related fields interacted with the local farmers and guided them towards sustainable and profitable agro-practices. Around 50 local farmers joined the programme and interacted with the experts.
During the online session, ex-professor of Chaudhary Charan Singh Agricultural University, Hisar, and current President of Federation of Indian Chamber of Agriculture, Trade and Services (FICATS) Dr Jagveer Rawat guided the farmers on soil enrichment, organic farming, sustainable and profitable agriculture methods etc. He also discussed creating a sustainable future for tribal farmers and their families through organic farming. Other experts in the agriculture sector also interacted with the farmers.
Market linkage of local agro-products to boost farmer’s income
During the programme, it was also discussed to establish a Farmer Producers' Organisation (FPO) for the tribal farmers of Singrauli. This FPO will help local small farmers in processing, packaging and adding value to their agricultural products along with market linkage. Farmers will also be trained on modern agro-practices under this scheme.
With the help of FPO, special agricultural products of Singrauli district, like Maize, Arhar, Urad, Tisi, Linseed, Mustard, Bajra (Sama, Kodo), Chironji, Ginger, Bitter gourd etc will reach the right customers.
NCL, under the ‘Kisanganga’ campaign, is training the local farmers in the latest and sustainable farming practices to increase the income of farmers and ensure a sustainable future for them.
NCL Satellite Centre, connecting farmers with agro-experts
It is worth mentioning that under the Kisanganga project, NCL has developed a community hall located in nearby village Birkuniya and has developed it as a satellite centre with technical support from NCL-IIT-BHU Incubation Centre. Farmers, women and children of the nearby villages are given free training in organic, sustainable and latest farming practices, packaging of agricultural products, food processing and marketing etc at the centre.
The main hall of this centre is equipped with a video conferencing facility, from where local farmers can interact with the experts from any agricultural university or higher technical institute of the country and get solutions to the problems related to agriculture. Under Kisanganga, an online portal has also been started to ensure the direct reach of agricultural products to customers.
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