In order to strengthen linkage between scientists and farmers across India by providing science-based information at farmers’ doorsteps, the Central government is planning to replicate ‘Kisan Chaupal’ initiative, launched by Bihar Agricultural University (BAU), Sabour, Bhagalpur in April 2012, The Times of India has reported.
The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and NITI Aayog have also sought detailed information about ‘Kisan Chaupal’ from the BAU so that it can be implemented at national level. “The NITI Aayog and ICAR, after going through the success stories of ‘Kisan Chaupal’, have shown interest in the ‘chaupal’ and have advised the Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) across the country to implement it in their respective areas,” said BAU director extension and registrar RK Sohane on Sunday.
Bihar Agriculture University, started ‘Kisan Chaupal’ in collaboration with 20 ‘Krishi Vigyan Kendras’ (KVKs) and the colleges under it which includes Bihar Agriculture College (Sabour, Bhagalpur), Mandan Bharti Agriculture College (Saharsa), Bhola Paswan Shashtri Agriculture College (Purnia), Dr Kalam Agriculture College (Kishanganj), Bihar Veterinary College (Patna), Sanjay Gandhi Institute of Dairy Technology (Patna), College of Horticulture (Nalanda) and VKS College of Agriculture (Dumraon, Buxar).
Since April 2012, ‘Kisan Chaupal’ is being organised every Saturday with the theme “Bihar Krishi Vishwa Vidyalay Kisano Ke Dwar- Kisan Chaupal” (Bihar Agricultural University at the doorstep of farmers).
Sohane said that the ‘Chaupal’, was introduced to motivate the farmers to adopt modern farming practices besides providing area specific information to the farmers at their doorsteps through videos on cropping practices and allied activities.”It aims to collect feedback from the farmers’ fields and communicate it to the researchers for formulating research priorities,” Sohane further said. “Our efforts are to revive the tradition village Chaupal to help farmers solve their problems on their own, he added.”
Highlighting the statistics, Sohane said over 2 lakh farmers were benefitted since the launch of ‘Kisan Chaupal’ in 24 districts across the state. “The state government too has included the concept of ‘Kisan Chaupal’ in its ‘agriculture roadmap’ and has decided to implement it at panchayat-level across the state,” the University registrar said.