Need to develop agriculture sector: Vayunandan

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Satpur: The agriculture science centre of Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University is doing an important work to provide economical stability to farmers through interaction while understanding their problems and difficulties. This is the only university which is providing education about state-of-the-art technology to the farmers and education. There is an immense need to achieve extensive development of agriculture sector. If it succeeds, country will be progressed, confided Vice Chancellor of Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University Prof. E Vayunandan.

An agriculture technology festival was organised by the agriculture science centre of YCMOU to mark the World Soil Day. Prof. Vayunandan inaugurated this festival.

District superintending agriculture officer Narendra Aghav, district development officer of Zilla Parishad Hemant Kale, chief of agriculture science centre Raosaheb Patil and registrar Dr. Dinesh Bhonde were present on dais.

The Vice Chancellor distributed soil health cards to farmers in Nashik district. He said that farmers’ development will be achieved through discussions and interaction between farmers and experts.

The health of soil is worsening due to increasing usage of chemical fertilisers. There is a need to emphasise on usage of organic fertilisers, said director of Maharashtra agriculture education and research council Dr. Harihar Kausadikar. He provided his guidance on ‘health card of soil – need of the hour’. Farmers should make management of fertilisers as per requirement after checking health of soil.

This will help in saving production cost and health of soil will be maintained, Kausadikar informed. He also stated that there is a need to maintain balance of organic and chemical fertilisers and through a visual presentation informed that farmers about the things which require to maintain the health of soil.

The agriculture centre chief Raosaheb Patil made the introductory speech, while scientist (extension) Dr. Nitin Thoke compered the programme. Dr. Prakash Kadam proposed the vote of thanks.

The Vice Chancellor honoured director of Malegaon based Shri Krishi laboratory and agriculture graduate of YCMOU Rahul Khairnar for distribution of highest number soil inspection and health card in Nashik district.

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