Mukti organized a pair of enlightening seminars on January 5th and 6th, 2024, focusing on the realm of agriculture. These knowledge-sharing sessions were hosted at the Krishnachandrapur School auditorium, commencing at 11 am and concluding at 4 pm.
The seminar on January 5th featured Assistant Agricultural Extension Officer (AEO) Mr. Moloy Roy and Mr. Raju Roy, from Mathurapur block II, who took the stage as keynote speakers. Their discourse centered on the “Role of parasites in organic farming.” Delving into the problems arising from the use of chemicals and pesticides, they proposed effective solutions. The farmers in attendance were inspired to embrace and adopt organic farming practices through their motivational address.
In tandem with this enlightening discussion, Dr. Pratap Mukhopadhyay, a distinguished retired scientist from the Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (CIFA-ICAR), elaborated on the intricacies of pisciculture. His presentation, titled “Role of fish farming in sustainable organic farming,” explored the nuances of fish farming in freshwater ponds, with a special emphasis on major South Asian carp such as Katla, Mrigal, and Rohu fish. Details regarding their dietary needs and the optimal food quantity for fostering their growth in ponds were vividly discussed. The seminar further touched upon the nuanced management of fish food within ponds for optimal fish growth. Additionally, Mr. Uttam Raychowdhury, a retired microbiologist from the Agriculture Department of West Bengal, shed light on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods in organic agriculture. This comprehensive discourse garnered the attention of 340 farmers from Nagendrapur and Kankandighi GP, benefiting from the wealth of knowledge imparted during this insightful session.
The subsequent day, January 6th, witnessed Dr. Krishnendu Achariya, the Botany Department Head of Calcutta University and a renowned scientist, spearheading a seminar themed “No more Inorganic” (Aar noy ojoibo). Delving into the intricate workings of parasites within the soil, Dr. Achariya navigated through diverse topics such as the preparation of various types of manure, farming-related diseases, the fundamental role of parasites in agriculture, and the nature of these organisms. The seminar also elucidated the fascinating process of mushroom cultivation and its multifaceted benefits. This engaging session captivated an audience of 200 individuals, keenly absorbing the wealth of information shared by the erudite Dr. Achariya.
These seminars served as important steps on the path towards sustainable organic agricultural practices for all attendees, fostering a greater understanding and appreciation for eco-friendly farming methodologies.