Youth have a major role to play in modernizing Agriculture in current paradigm – Sanjay R Bhoosreddy

Lucknow/ Meerut: In order to connect sugarcane farming with entrepreneurship and to provide self-employment to the youth, the “Young Sugarcane Farmer Dialogue Program” is being organized fortnightly by the Sugarcane Development Department. In this sequence, an online dialogue program was organized under the chairmanship of Additional Chief Secretary, Sugar Industry and Sugarcane Development Department,  Sanjay R. Bhoosreddy with young men and women sugarcane farmers below the age of 30 years of Meerut region.

The Additional Chief Secretary said that at present the youth are migrating to the city in search of small jobs, being disenchanted with agriculture, whereas by making agriculture modern and profitable, they themselves can provide employment to the local people. A study group of young farmers will be sent to Kurukshetra, Haryana by the Sugarcane Development Department for the youth to learn the latest techniques of sugarcane farming and to know the nuances of natural farming. So that young farmers can not only make farming profitable by producing more at low cost, but can also play an important role in the protection of human health and environment by producing quality through natural methods.

He said that under the Farm Machinery Bank Scheme, the cooperative sugarcane development societies are providing expensive agricultural machinery useful to the farmers on nominal rent to sugarcane farmers so that farming can be made modern and profitable by promoting mechanization. He motivated the young farmers to take maximum advantage of the Farm Machinery Bank Scheme. He also said that young sugarcane farmers can establish their identity at the state level by joining the state sugarcane competition and excellent work plan run by the department.

In the dialogue program,  Deepakant Sharma, a B.Tech farmer from Bulandshahr, told that he is producing organic sugarcane chutney and sugarcane ice cream under the Panchamrut scheme and natural farming, from which he is getting additional benefits. Additional Chief Secretary said that such progressive farmers F.P.O.

You can get the maximum value of your products through e-NAM by forming an E-NAM. While appreciating the Panchamrut Yojana of the Sugarcane Department, Khushi, a female farmer from Anupshahar, said that many farmers like us are working to double their income by taking advantage of it.  Bhavna, a woman farmer of Agauta told that she is earning Rs. 6 lakh per year by co-cropping sugarcane on five acres of land and  Jogendra Singh, a farmer from Bulandshahar, shared his experiences regarding adopting new varieties in sugarcane cultivation, while Mrs. Preeti Jadaun from Sabitgarh talked about adopting animal husbandry along with sugarcane cultivation.

Ankit Singh of Hapur, while sharing his experience on Integrated Pest Management, requested to add new agricultural machinery under the Farm Machinery Bank.  Munendra Kasana, a farmer from Dhaulana Hapur, shared his experience of benefiting from the co-cropping of banana with sugarcane while explaining about the co-cropping. Agriculture graduate farmer from Ghaziabad,  Manish Kumar told that by co-cropping cowpea with sugarcane, Nitrogen in the soil Due to stabilization, the demand for urea is reduced and the production also increases due to the increase in the amount of biomass. Baghpat’s farmer  Upendra Singh told that by doing natural farming, farmer brothers can conserve land and water, 13.5 percent jaggery is recovered from our natural sugarcane. At the same time, he said that natural farming is the need of the hour.  Anmol Kheda, a farmer from Meerut, told that he is cultivating 100 acres of sugarcane by adopting the latest technology.

During the dialogue programme, the Additional Chief Secretary directed the officials of Meerut Zone to send a study team of interested progressive sugarcane farmers to Kurukshetra to learn the nuances of natural farming along with the departmental officials. At the end of the youth dialogue program, Managing Director, Cooperative Sugar Mill Union, Ramakant Pandey provided tips related to sugarcane farming to the young farmers. Additional Sugarcane Commissioner (Development)  V.K. Shukla coordinated and conducted the youth sugarcane farmers program. Dr. P.B. Singh, Additional Sugarcane Commissioner (Committee) talked about making a mark at the state level through state sugarcane competition and excellent action plan.

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