Honoring farmers and promoting collaboration: NMIMS Shirpur campus hosts Farmer-Scientist Interface Meeting for Farmer’s Day

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India, 29th Dec, 2022:  On 23rd December 2022, on the occasion of National Farmers Day, SVKM’s NMIMS School of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SAST) organised a Scientist-Farmer Interface at Balde village, Shirpur, Taluka, Dhule district, Maharashtra. Jitendra Kuwar (Former ZP Member & former Sarpanch), Nimba Dada Patil (Deputy Sarpanch), Cooperative Society Chairman, and Vitthal Patil (Police Patil) graced the occasion.

Faculty members of SAST, Dr. Krishna Chaitanya, Dr. K.V. Patil, Dr. Mohammad Faisal, Dr Nitin Misal; RAWE students of SAST; and several Farmers participated in the event.

    Dr. K. V. Patil, (RAWE Co-ordinator) explained about the significance of National Farmers’ Day and role of the farming community in addressing the food and nutritional security of the country and contributing to the nation’s economy. He also briefed about the Rural Agricultural Work Experience program which is going on in Balde and adjoining villages. He gave details about the student activities and their role as a bridge between the farmers and the scientists in the transfer of innovative techniques.

Further Dr. Mohammed Faisal (Plant Pathologist) demonstrated different Mushroom species, seed (spawn) and packing for cultivation. He shared multiple ways of processing and utilisation of mushroom products in the Indian market and also highlighted the economic benefits for the villagers. Mushroom samples were distributed to the villagers. He announced that mushroom seeds and produce were readily available at SAST, NMIMS, Shirpur Campus.

Dr. Nitin Misal (Soil Scientist) explained the importance of soil health and damage to soil health due to irrational fertiliser applications and irrigation water management practices. He also discussed the advantages of soil testing, and urged farmers of the village to submit soil sample of their farm field at least once before sowing any crop.

Later on, an interactive session was held by Dr. K.V. Patil and RAWE students, where the farmers expressed their general issues and needs. They also discussed specific issues in various crops cultivated by them and with reference to pests and diseases.

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About SASTSchool of Agricultural Sciences & Technology (SAST) has been initiated from the academic year July 2019-20 at Shirpur campus. Keeping all  concerns into consideration, SAST has designed an efficient and robust agricultural education curriculum as per the guidelines of ICAR. It aims  to be an internationally recognized technical education institution that excels in Agricultural Education, Research and Extension, producing  socially responsible self-motivated graduates in the field of agriculture. The aim of the school is to make a difference in agricultural education through an integrated and multi-disciplinary pedagogy to teach agriculture and allied sciences for creating Leaders and Agripreneurs.

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