On the inaugural day of the “Sundarban Agriculture, Education, Handicrfat and Environment Fair”, January 4th, 2024, Mukti’s Agricultural stalls beckoned visitors with an array of innovative displays. Seven distinct stalls, each a testament to agricultural ingenuity, were meticulously arranged by the dedicated agriculture team.
The first stall showcased a diverse bounty of vegetables cultivated by organic farmers affiliated with the Sustainable Agricultural Movement (SAM). An array of 20 different types of vegetables – cauliflower, kohlrabi, tomato, brinjal, spinach, pumpkin, bottle gourd, radish, carrot, beetroot, beans, chili, broad beans, papaya, ginger, taro root, turmeric, cucumber, bitter gourd and clusters of plantains – added color to the exhibit.
The second stall celebrated the essence of sustainability with its seed exhibition. Here, paddy and indigenous vegetable seeds took center stage, embodying the fundamental essence of preserving and propagating native agricultural heritage.
The third stall was a testament to the commitment to organic practices. It showcased organic fertilizers and pesticides, proudly adorned with banners detailing the meticulous preparation methods and their application procedures, engaging visitors with practical demonstrations and education on their usage.
The fourth stall showed an ideal agricultural farm presented as a detailed table model, offering visitors a glimpse into the components and design principles of an agricultural paradise.
The fifth stall quenched the curiosity of those thirsting for knowledge on irrigation techniques. It showcased a variety of systems, from the efficient “Kolos Irrigation” to the water-conserving “Bindu Irrigation,” captivating visitors with innovative methods to optimize water usage in farming.
The sixth stall was a study in the art of Mulching, elucidating the science behind minimizing moisture loss, curbing weed proliferation, and boosting crop yields through the strategic application of various covering materials on the soil surface.
Finally, the seventh stall provided a fascinating insight into Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Through engaging demonstrations, visitors were introduced to an arsenal of pest control techniques, including the use of mechanical methods like scarecrows, color traps, poison traps, and ferment traps—showcasing innovative yet eco-friendly ways to combat pests.
The fair’s inaugural day was not just an exhibition; it was an immersive journey into the realm of sustainable agriculture, where innovation, education, and dedication to organic practices converged to inspire and empower all who witnessed it.