In a significant step towards promoting sustainable agriculture and strengthening the connection between academia and the farming community, the School of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SAST), RIMT University recently organized a Farmers’ Meet at its campus on 11 September 2023. Farmers from different villages were present to take part in the meeting. Dr. B.S. Bhatia, Pro-Chancellor, RIMT University was the chief guest of the event. The event brought together farmers, agricultural experts, and students to exchange knowledge and experiences, fostering a deeper understanding of modern farming techniques and practices.
The event, which was held at the DRON hall of the university campus, was a witness to the school’s commitment to bridging the gap between theory and practice in agriculture. It aimed to provide a platform for farmers to interact with students, researchers, and industry professionals, facilitating the exchange of ideas and innovations that can lead to the advancement of agriculture in the region.
The Farmers’ Meet featured a series of interactive discussions on various aspects of agriculture, including integrated farming system by Dr. Maan Singh Toor, mushroom cultivation by Dr. Gurvinder Kaur, pest management by Dr. Damanjeet Kaur, post-harvest processing by Dr. Aeshna Sinha. These discussions were led by faculty members of SAST and experts from the agricultural industry Mr. Gurjinder Singh from Dhanuka Agritech. The event was organized by the final year students of B.Sc. (hons) agriculture under the guidance of Dr. Neha Singh (Extension Specialist) and Dr. Rahat Ashraf (Horticulturist).
Throughout the event, farmers had the chance to ask questions and seek advice from experts. These open questions and answers sessions facilitated meaningful discussions and problem-solving.
Attendees had the opportunity to take a guided tour of the SAST campus and its polyhouse facilities. This tour showcased the school’s ongoing research projects and demonstrated how modern agricultural practices can improve crop yields and reduce environmental impact. The Event ended with a vote of thanks by Dr. Surabhi Sharma, Dean SAST, RIMT University.
As the event concluded, both farmers and educators left with a renewed sense of purpose, committed to working together to create a more prosperous and sustainable future for agriculture in the region. Such initiatives are pivotal in ensuring the growth and prosperity of the agricultural sector, which remains the backbone of our nation’s economy.