ICAR’s Indian Institute of Farming System Research (IIFSR), Meerut, in association with Directorate of Water Management, Bhubaneswar, organised a Kisan Goshthi-cum-Exhibition in the Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh. The theme of programme was ‘Efficient water management for higher sugarcane productivity’.
The chief guest of the programme, Dr. Alok K Sikka, Deputy Director General,Division of Natural Resource Management, Indian Council of Agricultural Research said, “Muzaffarnagar district is known as sugar bowl of India and well known for its agricultural prosperity. However, the water management is poor and water table is going down due to over exploitation. It is alarming that out of nine, four blocks of the district are in dark zone.” He also remarked on the judicious use of water and farmers should come forward to adopt advance technologies of water management for improving sugarcane productivity.
Dr. B Gangwar, Director, IIFSR explained the different Integrated Farming Systems (IFS) models developed by IIFSR for higher income and livelihood sustainability.
During the event, an agricultural exhibition was organised to demonstrate modern technologies. Live demonstration of machines and other irrigation equipments were the major highlights of the exhibition. More than 600 sugarcane farmers from different districts participated in the event.