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Vaartaa: Lac cultivation is a potent source of income for farmers

Jamshedpur, Jan. 30: The concluding day of “Vaartaa – An Agriculture Meet” began with session on pisicculture.

Basukinath Mishra from Fisheries Extension Office said small measures like sprinkling of lime and cleaning of weeds at regular intervals from the ponds can raise the production of fish manifold. Talking about lac culture, Barnavas Nag, lac trainer, said, “Lac cultivation doesn’t require high investment and labour, and yet is a potent source of income for farmers.”

R. Ravi Prasad, president, Tata Workers’ Union, and Shahnawaz Alam, vice-president, Tata Workers’ Union, attended the meet. Farmers who actively participated in Vaartaa were presented with sickle, a traditional farm implement, by them.

The feedback session conducted by Debdoot Mohanty, Head – CSR, Jharkhand, marked the concluding ceremony of “Vaartaa – An Agriculture Meet” that was attended by nearly 600 farmers.

During the feedback session, many of the farmers shared their learning and experiences from the meet.

They also spoke about the need for de-silting of ponds, revival of defunct dams, raising awareness about farmer-centric government-run policies, setting up of cold storages, providing markets for produce to avoid selling through middlemen, etc.

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