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Progressive Horticulture Conclave 2019: Technical session organized for healthy crop production


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Lucknow. The three day Progressive Horticulture Conclave 2019 on future technology Indian Society of Horticulture Research and Development (ISHRD), Uttarakhand, concluded on 10.12.2019 under the chairmanship of Dr. Mangala Rai, former Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi. 
Among the various sessions conducted, the most important technical session was on “Cow's contribution to cosmic farming”.

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It was chaired by Mr. Shyamandan Singh, former Chairman, Uttar Pradesh Gau Seva Commission while the session was convened by Dr. Mangla Rai Ji, former Director General of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. Dr. R. K. Pathak, former Director, ICAR-Central Institute for Sub-Horticulture, Lucknow was the Vice President of this session. The session was primarily organized for farmers, which saw the presence of Padam Shri Bharat Bhushan Tyagi Bulandshahar, Satyadev Singh, organic farmer Hamirpur, Dharmendra Kumar Mishra, Bundelkhand Village Seva Bharti, Banda, Yogesh Kumar Mishra, Advocate, Founder Sanatan Gyanpeeth Institute of Astrology and Spiritual Research, Lucknow, Amarendra Verma, organic farmer, Bahraich, Radheshyam Dixit Vice President Unite Foundation Lucknow. Dr. R. K. Pathak gave detailed guidance on the use, impact and effectiveness of cow based cosmic farming. 45 farmers and scientists participated in this session.

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Various successful farmers described the difficulties and achievements in achieving their success. Displacement by beekeepers in search of flowers is certainly a difficult task. The farmer of Malihabad presented the story of earning 12 to 14 lakh rupees per year by cultivating Gerbera in 1 acre Poly House, seeing less income from mango production. Ramesh Kumar Varma Gosaiganj gave a presentation on his success and problems in vegetable farming. While Mukesh Kumar Amethi presented the breakthrough in Mushroom production. Talking about productivity, Dr. Mangala Rai presented his opinion to increase productivity. He advised that a collection of success stories of all participating farmers should be published. He exhorted that all the gaushalas available in the country should use their cow dung and urine to make specific agricultural products and be used in the fields. He said that we can improve crops and our health by increasing soil microbes.

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The session organized to prepare an action plan to meet the challenges of abiotic and biotic factors of crops was also very successful. It  highlighted the need for efforts to save soil health through integrated management. The need for crop diversification in reducing pest and disease outbreaks on crops was also discussed. Dr. P.K. Shukla said that before establishing new crops in new areas, it is also necessary to know the suitability of the selected crops in those areas, else successful production of crops will not be possible. For example, in mango orchards, problems such as dieback, drying of branches and wilt are aggravated by inappropriate climate and soil properties. The side effects of pesticides used for crop protection were also discussed. Scientists believe that the use of more chemicals destroys friendly organisms, and the effect of chemicals on enemy organisms is reduced. Therefore, chemicals should be used only when there is an outbreak of disease or pest in important stages of the crop.

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