Kamal Pimli/Srinagar Garhwal. You must have seen many types of cafeterias where you get different types of food. But have you ever seen a cafeteria where you don’t get the food, but you definitely get the grains from which the food is made. In this cafeteria, you are training grain growers, not foodies. If you haven’t seen such a cafeteria yet, Garhwal University Shrian Cafeteria is waiting for you.
Millet year is being celebrated across the country with reverence for the coarse grain. Under which the objective is to increase people’s interest in coarse grains, market them and encourage farmers to grow coarse grains. Garhwal Central University has also started a unique initiative on coarse grains. The university has set up a cafeteria in the Chauras campus, where coarse grains are being cultivated.
The Department of Seed Science has developed the first Shree Anna Cafeteria in the state
Shrian Cafeteria has been established by the Department of Seed Science and Technology, Garhwal University at Chauras Campus. Mainly coarse grains (Ragi, Kora, Jhangora, Groundnut, Millets etc.) are grown in it. The main objective of this cafeteria is to provide good quality seeds to the farmers. Garhwal University Vice-Chancellor Professor Annapurna Nautiyal said India is the country of millet.
The United Nations has decided to observe the year 2023 as the Year of the Militia. Sriyana i.e. coarse grain is traditionally grown in Uttarakhand. But gradually farmers are turning away from it. And they are forgetting traditional agriculture. In such a situation this Shrian Cafeteria will prove to be a milestone.
Objective: To provide improved seeds of coarse grains to the farmers.
While giving the information, Professor JS Chauhan of the Seed Science Department said that the Seed Science Department is working continuously for the benefit of farmers and farmers. Farmers of Garhwal region can take advantage of Shrian Cafeteria set up at Chauras Campus. He said that more than 10 seeds have been grown successfully in one place.
When these crops are on the verge of extinction, or farmers are reducing cultivation, farmers can also train in new methods of cultivation. Seed science department has experimented with crop cultivation in intercropping system, this experiment was also successful, now farmers will also be trained in this.
First Published: September 23, 2023, 21:12 IST