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Launch of Mobile App for Nematode Problem & New STFR Meter for Soil Testing

Dr. Sangeeta Soi
Dr. Sangeeta Soi

400 nematode samples have been given digital form to provide information to the scientific community. For the benefit of the farmers, an Android app called 'NEMATODEINFO' has been launched to solve the problems related to nematode damage in plants. By downloading this app on mobile handset, solutions can be searched by available archives. An Integrated Farming System (IFS) Model has been developed by the Agronomy Division of IARI, for ensuring livelihood security of small and marginal farmers. This 1 ha area made IFS model intend to generate year-round income from appropriate integration of crops, dairy, fishery, duckery, biogas plant, fruit trees and agro-forestry, provided net returns of Rs 3,78,784/ha/year with an employment generation of 628 man-days.

The soil testing tool, named Pusa Soil Test and Fertilizer Recommendation (STFR) Meter, has been upgraded to analyze fourteen soil parameters viz., pH, EC, OC, available nutrients [(derived N), P, K, S, Zn, B, Fe, Mn and Cu], gypsum and lime requirement. This soil testing kit can be used for generating soil health card.

The eco-friendly waste water treatment technology of the Centre was recently commercialized to the UP Jal Nigam for developing an eco-friendly wastewater treatment.

KRISHI Portal (http://krishi.icar.gov.in) has been enriched through providing links of several online resources available/developed at different ICAR institutes. An institutional mechanism for upscaling IARI Post Office Linkage Extension model has been developed with Department of Posts, Government of India. Through this model, 2.3 tonnes of IARI paddy varieties were disseminated in 56 districts of 13 states. Similarly, 2.76 tonnes of IARI wheat varieties were disseminated in 9 districts of 6 states. To promote the direct interface of scientists with the farmers and strengthen the lab to land process, Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav programme is being implemented by IARI in 120 clusters comprising of more than 600 villages in 17 districts of Delhi and NCR.

In this regard, farmers can visit various research and display stalls at this fair. Lectures and discussions on topics related to agriculture will be held during Kisan Goshthi each day. Apart from this, crop, fruits, flowers, vegetable and animal exhibition are being organized during the Kisan Mela. Efforts are being made to benefit the improved technologies and scientific information can reach every farmer in the country. In this endeavor, Pusa Agricultural Science Fair 2019 has been organised at Mela ground and all are cordially invited to visit the fair.

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