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Centre of Excellence for Vegetable Production in State of Maharashtra at Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Baramati Dist-Pune (M.S.)

The proposed Centre of Excellence will be established as demonstration and will be commissioned as part of National Action Plan of Indo-Dutch Cooperation Project. The project would be undertaken jointly by the Government of India, through National Horticulture Mission and, the Government of the Netherlands. The State Horticulture Mission, Maharashtra is doing efforts to bring up more area under protected cultivation for minimising the gap between supply and demand of vegetables.

The main goal of starting Centre of Excellence is to Establish Demonstration Centre for Vegetable production and Transfer of Technologies through the trainings to Extension officers and farmers in the region. Investigation and introduction of technologies that are required to increase vegetable production and reduce losses in the supply chain (Field/ PHT/ Storage/ Transportation). The technologies can be machinery, but also techniques such as protected cultivation, hydroponics, improved seeds and quality planting material, Fertigation, Use of INM, IPM practices, GAP etc.

The Government of India has approved the project on Centre of Excellence for Vegetables on 11th September 2014 & implementing agency for this project is Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Baramati, Dist-Pune, Maharashtra.

Objectives of the project-

1. Supply of quality Planting Material of vegetables through production under high tech green house in Soilless media.

2. Demonstration of different types of high tech protected cultivation with various types of structures.

3. Demonstration of cultivation practices in reference to-
• Various types of vegetable.
• Various varieties.
• Efficient use of water & Fertigation with the help of atomization.
• Standardize good agricultural practices for achieving the international standards of food safety.
• Training to various level of officers NGO’s, Private Entrepreneurs, etc
• Develop chain linkage with green houses vegetable producer with the centre via various media.
• Create employment generation through protected vegetable cultivation.
• Market intelligence to maximize the income.

Technology intervention

Vegetables in Maharashtra are being traditionally grown and without any technological inputs, therefore, the present interventions are proposed to extend the period of produce availability and increment in productivity:
• Production of good quality planting material under High-tech Green House
• Demonstrations in Naturally ventilated Green House for Tomato, Capsicum, Cucumber and other vegetables.
• Net house cultivation for vegetables.
• Open field production systems for tomato, Cucurbits, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Onion.
• Irrigation technologies with drip and sprinkler systems.
• Farm equipments: Mulch laying equipment, Boom sprayer, Hydraulic machine for laying drip lines
• Post harvest and packing facility
• Organic farming.
• Human Resource Development – Trainings.

Fishery & Ornamental fishery unit

Integrated Farming System model

In the eastern part of Pune district annual rainfall is only 400-500mm and there is problem of water scare city hence KVK, Baramati has Demonstrated the plastic water storage tank technology in the year 2005 now it became a famous for the water storage for Agriculture and more than 1000 tanks are established in the area .To improve the utilization of these water storage tank KVK,Baramati has demonstrated the Integrated Farming System model which includes Fishery in water storage tank,above water storage tank poultry cages and in some tanks cage culture of fishery was Demonstrated. By using cage culture in farm ponds nearly 2500 to 3000 Kg of fish production can be taken within 9 months through Happa culture. Fish farming in water storage tank
• The application of poultry manuring in the pond provides a nutrient base for dense bloom of phytoplankton, particularly nano plankton which helps in intense zooplankton development. The zooplankton has an additional food source in the form of bacteria which thrive on the organic fraction of the added poultry dung.
• The semi digested excreta of this fish forms the food of bottom feeders.

Fish & Poultry farming under IFS Model

• For exploitation of the above food resources, poly-culture of three Indian major carps and three exotic carps is taken up in fish cum poultry ponds.
• The pond is stocked after the pond water gets properly detoxified.
• The stocking rates vary from 8000 - 8500 fingerlings/ha and mixed culture of only Indian major carps can be taken up with a species ratio of 40 % surface, 30 % column and 30 % bottom feeders.

KRUSHIK - Live Demos and Agri Expo 2017

Keeping in view the importance of the development and growth of agriculture industry in the country by the Central government and State government, Agricultural Development Trust’s Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) along with Koelnmesse YA Tradefair Pvt. Ltd. have taken the initiative to organize the 2nd edition of KRUSHIK, Live Demos & Agri Expo 2017 during January 19-22, 2017 at KVK Instructional Farm, Baramati. The debut edition of ‘KRUSHIK’ was a huge success with over 400 exhibitors and around 3, 21,789 trade visitors attended the 3 days exhibition. Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri Devendra Fadnvis inaugurated the event in presence of Former Union Minister of Agriculture Shri Sharad Pawar Saheb, Hon’ble Agriculture Minister of Maharashtra, Guardian Minister of Pune, Commissioner of Agriculture, Maharashtra and other government officials & stakeholders. With a motivation to put up a better show, the current edition of ‘KRUSHIK’ will have an even more extensive profile of exhibitors from the entire value chain of the agricultural sector: farming, processing, preserving, quality management, distribution & also the Insurance services, from all over the country participating in this 4-day Exhibition spread over 110 acres.

Highlights of Current edition of Krushik 2017:
• Over 400 companies both from India and abroad will showcase their Agricultural Technologies & inputs.
• Live demonstration on 110 acres of land with variation of cropping patterns.
• An expected turnout of over 3.5 lakh farmers across India.
• International Participants and Expert’s Panel Discussion on agricultural technologies & latest issues.
• An opportunity to connect with successful farmers and learn their best practices with knowledge sharing.
• Direct dialogue with government officials and policy makers for clarification of uncertainties of agriculture.
• Special lounge for interaction and networking.
• Forums and expert sessions on modern technology in farming given by industrial professionals.
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KRUSHIK - 2015