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Farmers day at Kadila Bhavi Thanda on 13 July 2018

Indian Institute of Millets Research, Hyderabad organized Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav programme and Farmers Day events at Kadilabhavi Thanda of Ibrahimpatnam Mandal of Ranga Reddy District, Telangana on 13 July, 2018. In these events, Drs. B Subbarayudu and Ch. Shashidhar Reddy, Principal Scientists, IIMR explained the importance of millets, their nutritional value and the need for soil health cards to know the soil fertility thereby to follow the recommended doses of fertilizers. They also addressed the about the package of practices of millets and the insect pests of millets and their management.

Distribution of Millet seeds to tribal farmers
Punugodu and Chakirala:

Indian Institute of Millets Research (IIMR) organized Millet Seeds Distribution to Tribal farmers at Punugodu village in Kanigiri Mandal, Prakasham district on 12 June, 2018 at 11.00 AM and at Chakirala village in Kanigiri Mandal, Prakasham district, Andhra Pradesh at 4.00 PM.

In these events in each Village around 100 members including tribal farmers, Department of Agriculture, Government of Andhra Pradesh, NGOs, Dwakra Mahila Members Participated. Rs. B Subbarayudu and C Sashidhar Reddy, Principal Scientists from IIMR Hyderabad explained the farmers about the package of practices for the cultivation of sorghum and other millets and motivated them to revive millets cultivation. They also distributed the seed to the farmers. They displayed millet health food products of IIMR.

Kothavalasa:

An awareness programme and Millet Seeds Distribution to Tribal farmers was successfully conducted at Bangaraiahpeta village, near Kothavalasa, Vijayanagaram district, Andhra Pradesh on 6 June, 2018. This program was organized to make the tribal farmers aware about importance of sorghum in rainfed uplands and in agency areas. More than 60 farmers participated and got acquainted with the techniques of millet cultivation and received the sorghum and other millet seeds. Dr. S Ravi Kumar, Sr. Scientist, IIMR explained the farmers about the package of practices for the cultivation of grain sorghum and forage sorghum. Distribution of seeds to farmers Dr. B Venkatesh Bhat, Principal Scientist, delivered a lecture on the cultivation of various minor millets and forage sorghums. Dr. KV Raghavendra Rao, CTO briefed about the alternate uses, value addition, other millet food products and importance of their nutritional values. Sh. Raghunath Kulakarni, Technical Officer discussed on seed related issues. This event was organized by IIMR with the cooperation of Smt. K Saraswathi, Secretary, SABALA an Ngo and Secretary, ARogya Millets FPO and the programme was widely covered in the local print media.

Awareness programme on Millets cultivation

Jaidhupally village: Indian Institute of Millets Research, Hyderabad organized an awareness programme on “Millets cultivation, production and development of entrepreneurial skills” for farmers of Vikarabad district on 8 June, 2018 at Jaidhupally village of Vikarabad district in Telangana. A good number of farmers and Mr. Giriraju Anil kumar, A.E.O, Department Agriculture, Vikarabad participated and made the event success. Dr.B. Subbarayudu, Principal Scientist, IIMR coordinated this event.

Farmers’ Day organized at Nelapadu village, AP on 16 March 2018

Institute of Millets Research (IIMR), Hyderabad organized a “Sorghum Farmer’s Day” at Nelapadu village in Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh on 16 March, 2018. The main objective of this programme was to create aware ness and build‐up confidence to adopt improved sorghum production technologies through orientation and enhance farm income of the farmers. About 50 sorghum farmers attended and actively participated in the interactive sessions. Dr. B Subbarayudu, Principal Scientist, IIMR addressed the gathering on sorghum development and alternative uses emphasizing its health advantages.

Farmers’ Day organized on 6 January 2018

Farmers’ Day was organized under Mera Gav and Mera Gaurav programme of ICAR-Indian Institute of Millets Research Institute, Hyderabad to create awareness on Millet cultivation to the farmers of Peda-Golconda village of Shamshabad Mandal, Ranga Reddy District, Telangana state on 6 January, 2018 in collaboration with the Farmers Training Centre, Department of Agriculture, Government of Telangana.
More than 100 farmers participated in this event. IIMR represented by Dr. B. Subbarayudu, Principal Scientist and other officials participated and addressed the farmers in this programme were: Mr Y. Sudhakar Reddy, Project Director, ATMA, Ranga Reddy; Mrs. O.V.S.Usha Rani, Deputy Project Director, ATMA, Ranga Reddy; Mrs. Bindhu Madhavi, A.O. FTC; Mrs. Madhavi Latha A.O. FTC; Sri Lakshmi, ADA, Rajendranagar and Mrs. Kavitha, A.O. Shmshabad. Dr. B. Subbarayudu spoke about the Integrated Pest Management methods to control insect pests of sorghum and importance of sorghum and its nutritional value. Millet value added products developed at IIMR also showcased.

Field Day under Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav programme on 10 October 2017

A farmer’s day was organized on “Improved methods of millets cultivation” at Khubiya Thanda in Madugula Mandal of Ranga Reddy District on 10 October, 2017 under Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav programme.
Two hundred farmers from Khubiya Thanda and surrounding villages were participated in farmer’s day. In this event the millet food products were displayed. Dr B.Subbarayudu, Principal Scientist from Indian Institute of Millets Research and Mr Y.Sudhakar Reddy, DDA; Mr M.Kanaka Raju, ADA: Mr R.Ravinath, AO,: Smt Y.Lavanya-AO, Mr K.Gowtham- MAO; Mr AV Koteswara Rao A.O; Miss Radha-AEO, Miss Bhudevi-AEO from Farmers Training Center, Department of Agriculture, Telangana State from the Farmers Training Center, Department of Agriculture, Telangana State combined organized this programme.

Dr B.Subbarayudu addressed the gathering on package of practices of various millets and their value addition including their integrated pest management. They also explained the importance of millets and their nutritional value. This programme was widely covered by local print media.

Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav organized at Godhamguda village of Vikarabad on 23 August 2017

ICAR- Indian Institute of Millets Research, Hyderabad organized two “Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav” programmes at Godhamguda village of Vikarabad District, Telangana State on 23 August 2017 in association with Grameen Mall Foundation. Total one hundred farmers from Sarpanapalli, Zaidhupalli villages and surrounding villages were participated in this programme.

Fig.1. Scientist of IIMR, Hyderabad addressing the improved methods of millets cultivation at Godhamguda village of Vikarabad district during Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav on 23rd August, 2017.

 

IIMR scientists – Drs. SS Rao, Ch Shashidhar Reddy, B Subbarayudu, P Mukesh, R Venkateswarlu, R Swarna, C Deepika, Jinu Jaco, Sooganna addressed about the package of practices of foxtail millet and its value addition to double the farmer income and improved methods of sorghum cultivation including their integrated pest management.

Fig.2. Scientist of IIMR, Hyderabad addressing the health benefits and high yielding cultivars of millets at Godhamguda village of Vikarabad district during Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav  on 23rd  August, 2017.

 

They also explained the importance of millets and their nutritional value. Most of the farmers of the Sarpanapalli and Godhamguda of villages are interested to cultivate millets in a large scale and establish a processing unit on community based management with the cooperation of Indian Institute of Millets Research, Hyderabad.

Fig.3. Scientist of IIMR, Hyderabad addressing the improved methods of agronomic practices for millets at Godhamguda village of Vikarabad district during Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav on 23rd August, 2017. 

Fig.4. Godhamguda village President explaining the benefits and activities of IIMR, Hyderabad during Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav on 23rd August, 2017. 

IIMR scientists also conducted a baseline survey at Godhamguda village and collected data on constraints of millet growers and the status of distribution of soil health cards.

 

Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav programme organized at Zaidhupalli village on 9th August, 2017


Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav programme organized at Zaidhupalli village 09th August, 2017.


Indian Institute of Millets Research, Hyderabad organized Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav programme at Sarpanapalli and Zaidhupalli villages of Vikarabad District, Telangana State on 09th August 2017 with the collaboration of Grameen Mall Foundation. Hundred farmers from each from Sarpanapalli and Zaidhupalli villages and surrounding villages were participated in Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav programme. In this event various food products of millets and particularly the food products of sorghum and their importance were explained. In this event the food products of sorghum grain, namely, sorghum biscuits, multigrain Atta, flakes, Kichidi Rawa, flour, Rawa, pasta, vermicelli etc. were popularized.

IIMR Scientists and farmers Interface on cultivation of millets  at Godhamguda village of Vikarabad district, Telangana State on 09th August, 

	2017

IIMR Scientists and farmers Interface on cultivation of millets at Godhamguda village of Vikarabad district, Telangana State on 09th August, 2017

Dr. Ch. Shashidhar Reddy and Dr. B. Subbarayudu suggested the improved methods to obtain the high grain and fodder yields.. The data collected on constraints of 100 farmers. IIMR identified Godhamguda is village adopted villages of the Institute. Dr B.Subbarayudu explained about the improved methods of sorghum cultivation and particularly the insect pests of millets and their integrated pest management. He also addressed the importance of millets, their nutritional value and the need for soil analysis of farmer’s fields. Dr Ch.Sashidhar Reddy addressed about the package of practices of foxtail millet and its value addition to double the farmer income.

Scientist of IIMR, Hyderabad addressing the improved methods of millets cultivation at Zaidhupalli village during Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav on 09th August, 2017


It has been observed that farmers of the Sarpanapalli and Godhamguda of villages of Vikarabad district, Telangana state are interested to cultivate millets and establishing the community based millets food processing machine with the cooperation of Indian Institute of Millets Research, Hyderabad. They also informed to the scientists that they need high yielding seeds of millets in the coming years in a big way. Farmers also said that they are cultivating cotton, maize, turmeric, paddy and red gram, etc..The major problems of these villages are vertebrate pests (monkeys) which are destructing the crops in a massive way. Some times monkeys are attacking the human beings and also rarely attacking in groups ( > 200 monkeys) and killing the farmers found lonely. Market prices of maize Rs.1600/q cotton Rs.4400 and turmeric Rs.7000/- per quintal were prevailing in these villages. Data monitored on constraints of millet growers and baseline survey at Godhamguda village. Scientists of Indian Institute of Millets Research, Representative form Grameen Mal Foundation made the foxtail crop field visit of Sri Tukaram. The field was infested with the Parthenium weed and relevant control measures were suggested.

Foxtail millet crop field infested with Parthenium weeds at Godhamguda village of Vikarabad district, Telangana State on 9th August, 2017

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