Kisan Mela (Utsav)
Kisan Mela or Kisaan Mela (किसान मेला), which can be translated as ‘किसान का मेला या किसानों का मेला (farmer’s fair) in Hindi’, is a form/type of exhibition in the field of agriculture.
It is also known as Kisan Utsav (किसान उत्सव) and it is a method of mass communication, which also is a part of extension education.
Tags: Kisan Mela, किसान मेला, ki Kisan Utsav, किसान उत्सव
Also read: Narwa Garwa Ghurwa Bari
General Info.: Kisan Mela (किसान मेला)
Type Exhibition programme, cultural programme (optional). Mass communication.
Participating departments (govt. departments) and other organizations:
(1). Department of agriculture.
(2). Department of horticulture.
(3). Department of veterinary or animal husbandry.
(4). Department of fishery.
(5). Private organizations.
(6). Department of agriculture and its allied sectors are the major participants.
Also read: Saur Sujala Yojana
- Godhan Nyaya Yojana.
- IGKV, Raipur.
Who organizes… Kisan Mela?
Generally, the programme is organized by the state agricultural universities. It is an integral part of the annual schedule of many agricultural universities.
Occasionally, it may also be organized by one of the followings:
- Local administrations in collaboration with the related departments, e.g., department of agriculture and department of horticulture.
- On the order/recommendation of State Government or Central Government.
Also read: Harit Kranti Vistar Yojana
Activities in Kisan Mela
- Exhibition, e. g., Flower Show.
- Method demonstration, e. g., production of vermicompost.
- Cultural activities. Eg. Cultures of local tribes.
Objectives and Importance of Kisan Mela
- Upgrading Farmers.
- Exhibition of New Technologies.
- Introduction to Different Farming Models.
Basically, it is a part of extension education programme from which a farmer can gain required knowledge, and it is necessary for the overall development of that farmer.
Exhibition of New Technologies
Many new agricultural technologies are invented in each year. Kisan mela(s) are a very good platform for the introduction of these new technologies. Through this programme, farmers are introduced with new inventions.
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Introduction to Different Farming Models
Farming models are as follows:
- Poultry farming.
- Dairy farming.
- Fish farming.
- Goat farming.
- Field-crops farming system.
- Vegetable farming.
- Fruit farming.
- Mixed farming.
Demonstration of cage system or deep litter system in poultry farming shows that how or in which manner a poultry farm can be or should be managed.
Guide to good dairy farming practice is very important. Progressive farmers can go with some advance technologies used in dairy farming. But, before adoption they need demo.
Demonstration of such important technologies, e.g.- rotary milking parlor (a modern dairy facility) can actually support modern day’s intensive dairy units.
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Fish farming in ponds, canals, lake etc., are the traditional method of fish farming.
Did you know about paddy and fish farming or fish farming in tarpaulin fish tank?
The demonstration related with paddy and fish farming is very common in Kisan Mela. So, it is a very good idea to visit such programme.
Demonstration of goat farming practice. Introduction to different breeds of goat.
Demonstration of SRI method of rice cultivation in a programme like Kisan Mela will always helps farmers in quick adoption of the method.
Introduction to Advanced Technologies
- Irrigation models.
Demonstration of application and importance of drip irrigation system. Drip irrigation for greenhouse cultivation and drip irrigation for open field cultivation.
Kisan Mela is a farmer-friendly programme. A farmer must visit this annual programme. It is necessary for the self development of a farmer by adopting scientific knowledge and different advanced tools.