There is a need to prioritize adding value to agricultural products, said Dr. AA Fazal, a retired professor from the University of Agriculture.
Dr. Fazal, during a lecture on value addition of agricultural products, during the second day of Krishi Mela in Kolnadu, said that food products are going to be wasted due to lack of processing.
“As food production increases, even waste increases. We have failed to process our food products. Paddy and vegetables are not grown on a large scale in the coastal belt. By growing locally available fruits, farmers can double their income,” he said.
Pradhan Mantri The formalization of food processing micro-enterprises (PMFME) has focused on small food processing units. Free training on food processing is provided to farmers under the program in Mysuru. Farmers should use the program, he said.
Mangaluru Police Commissioner N Shashi Kumar interacting with progressive farmers and students said farmers should become self-sufficient using available schemes.
There is a need to prioritize paddy cultivation in Dakshina Kannada. Farmers are prioritizing cultivation of hybrid paddy, he said.
Farmers should emphasize beekeeping and dairy farming. Farmers can earn income by selling manure, cow dung, cow urine and others.
The traditional Kala grama, showcasing the culture and tradition of Tulunadu, was the center of attraction at the Krishi Mela in Kolnadu.
There were over 200 stalls selling food, juice, farming equipment, clay pots and tribal woven baskets.
Guthina’s mane pattern, variety of cattle, demonstration on basket weaving, traditional ‘muttale’ and a nursery with a variety of plants, also attracted visitors.
Koragara Yuva Vedike Ranganakere Barkur team performed Koragara Dolu Kunitha and folk dances.