17th August, 2020, Maharashtra
The Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Aurangabad working under the Vasantrao Naik Marathwada Krishi Vidyapeeth (VNMKV), Parbhani, Maharashtra in collaboration with Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth, Akola, Maharashtra organized the “State Level Virtual Workshop on Ajwain Production Technology” today.
In his inaugural address, Dr. Ashok Dhawan, Vice-Chancellor, VNMKV, Parbhani, Maharashtra highlighted the Ajwain crop’s importance under the dryland areas. He highlighted the crop’s export potential in the country. Dr. Dhawan also urged for enlarging the crop area of Ajwain crop by making group farming with market linkages through the FPOs and SHGs.
Dr. V.M. Bhale, Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth, Akola, Maharashtra underlined the Ajwain crop production status in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra. He also highlighted the availability of Ajwain Threshing Machine developed by the University.
Dr. Gopal Lal, Director, ICAR-National Research Centre for Seed Spices, Ajmer, Rajasthan outlined the latest technologies of Ajwain crop cultivation. He urged the farmers for adopting the AA-93 cultivar that matures in 145 days. Dr. Gopal highlighted the versatile use of Ajwain towards nutritional and medicinal value in human beings and animals.
Dr. Lakhan Singh, Director, ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Pune, Maharashtra urged the farmers for growing Ajwain in an organized manner. He stressed that adopting the post-harvest processing, value-addition, mechanization, grading and packaging may provide the farmers with high returns. He also urged the KVKs for developing the Seed Spices Technology Parks at the instructional farm to educate the farmers.
Dr. D.B. Deosarkar, Director of Extension Education, VNMKV, Parbhani, Maharashtra stressed on working jointly with the other organizations including ICAR-NRCSS, Ajmer.
Dr. B.V. Asewar, Head, Department of Agronomy, VNMKV, Parbhani, Maharashtra stated that the Ajwain crop can be included as an option under the contingency crop planning.
Dr. K.K. Zade, Head, KVK, Aurangabad outlined the successful cases of Ajwain growers.
Around 100 farmers and scientists participated in the Webshop.
(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Pune, Maharashtra)