Pusa Krishi Vigyan Mela- 2022
Pusa Krishi Vigyan Mela 2022 is being organized from 9th to 11th March 2022 at the Pusa Institute’s Mela Ground. Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, inaugurated this event.
- “Self-reliant farmer through technical knowledge” is the main theme of this fair.
- ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) is organizing the three-day Krishi Mela.
Attractions of the Mela
- Technologies for protected cultivation of vegetables and flowers
- Live demonstrations on production technologies of Rabi crops
- Sale of seeds of HYV’s of crops, saplings, and seedlings by lARl and other public and private organizations
- Display and sale of farm equipment and machinery by the ICAR Institute and private companies
- Display and sale of bio-fertilizers and agro-chemicals by different agencies
- Facilities of free soil and water testing
- Display and sale of Innovative Farmers’ products
- Irrigation technology for efficient water use
- Free distribution of farm literature
- Kisan Gosthi
- National Flower Show
- Innovative farmers’ meet and their honour
- Free stay arrangement for farmers.
- Agri startups and farmers producer organizations (FPO)
- Smart/digital agriculture
- protected farming/hydroponic/aeroponic/vertical farming
- organic and natural farming
In the mela, new varieties of crops that have been developed by the institute along with other innovative technologies of IARI, such as the Pusa Decomposer, solar-powered Pusa-Farm Sun Fridge, Pusa Complete Bio-Fertilizer (unique liquid formulation providing phosphorous, nitrogen, and potassium) are also being showcased.
New Varieties of Crops
In Pulse crops, two arhar and one gram varieties have been developed. Pusa Chana 4005 (BG 4005), a high producing (19.40 q/ha) and drought-tolerant chickpea variety, has been developed. For Delhi-NCR, Pusa Arhar 2018-2 has been released. Pusa Arhar 2018-4, with a maturity period of 135-150 days and an average yield of 16.72 q/ha, has been identified and will be distributed in the North-West Plains region.
This year, the Institute launched three Basmati rice varieties: Pusa Basmati 1847, Pusa Basmati 1885, and Pusa Basmati 1886, which would lower the cost of cultivation while also addressing the problem of pesticide residues in rice and increasing Basmati rice exports. Pusa Basmati 1979 and Pusa Basmati 1985 are two herbicide-tolerant varieties developed by the Institute.
The institution has also developed two biofortified wheat varieties: HI.1636, a bread wheat variety with a yield of 5.6 t/ha and a high zinc content (44.4 ppm), and HI 8823, a durum wheat variety with a yield of 5.6 t/ha and a high zinc content (44.4 ppm).
The Institute has also developed two Pro-Vitamin-A enriched QPM maize hybrids, Pusa HQPM1 Advanced and Pusa Biofortified MH1.
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