Agriculture fair gains momentum in Mahishadal
Kolkata: The agriculture fair at Mahishadal in East Midnapore has gained momentum with farmers getting a platform to speak with experts and discuss different issues that they often face while cultivating crops.
The agriculture fairs in every block is getting organised from January 25 to December 25. The fair at Mahishadal also incorporates the allied sectors including horticulture and agriculture marketing.
This is the first time that a step has been taken by the state government in creating a platform where farmers can inform about different challenges or problems they are facing. The message will be conveyed to the concerned department and the farmers will be guided as per their queries.
According to the farmers, such fairs give them an opportunity to learn modern and updated technologies. Moreover, the weather now remains unpredictable round the year. So, in such a situation, it becomes difficult for them to make a proper planning so that they do not have to incur any loss.
It may be mentioned that already some variety of paddy seeds have been developed that can withstand salinity of water in places affected by Aila. Further research is being conducted.
It may be mentioned that Bengal has got Geographical Indication (GI) tag for Tulaipanji and Gobindabhog varieties of rice on October 28. So, there was also a planning to make these varieties of rice available in the fair and to sell it at a no profit-no loss basis.
It may be mentioned that Mati Utsav in Burdwan was initiated by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and at present it gets organised in Mati Tirtha. Now agriculture fair gets organised in every block so that people from every nook and corner can visit the fairs.