On 17th March, 2017 a day long visit was organized School of Agriculture and students of B.Sc. Agriculture, Semester VI visited Divya Organic Farm, Gandhinagar; Patidar Agro & Food Products, Dehgam; and Fruit Research Station, Dehgam.
In the morning, the students first visited Divya Organic Farm, Gandhinagar. Organic farming is a farming method that involves growing and nurturing crops without the use of synthetic based fertilizers and pesticides. Major objectives for visiting the place included to know about the methods of Organic Farming, to study about the processing activities of agricultural products, to also understand the method of propagation of different fruit crops and to have an understanding of the economic activities of a processing plant.
To begin with, students saw how tomato and wheat crop are cultivated as an Organic crop. Professor Dr. N. M. Patel shared details about Organic farming and its various methods. Further students were explained about the importance of Organic Farming, packaging practices of Tomato & Wheat Crop and also about its production. Students also understood about the marketing process, various marketing channels, etc. In addition to this, they were also explained about various factors affecting Organic Crop Production & Commercial Crop Production and the price rate of Organic products.
To conclude students learnt a lot about Organic Farming, which involves cultivation of plants and rearing of animals in natural ways.
In the afternoon, the students visited Patidar Agro & Food Products.
Mr. Harshad Patel – Head at Patidar Agro & Food Products welcomed the students and gave an introduction about the unit. Sharing his entrepreneurial experiences, he discussed with the students about the process of starting a plant. Later accompanied by the supervisor the students visited the plant and learnt about the entire process, which included sorting of Tomatoes & Mangoes, preservation, peeling process, etc. The visit concluded learning about the export process. Students interacted very well with the supervisors.
In the late afternoon, the students visited Fruit Research Station, Dehgam. Fruit Research Station is the only one research Centre for Fruits in North Gujarat. There are many fruits crops are grown in farm. For example, Guava, Sapota, Mango, Tamarind, Lemon, Watermelon, Date palm, Pomegranate etc. Ms. Shilpa Rathod, Associate Research Scientist demonstrated different fruit crops & experiments which were conducted at the farm. Students saw different fruit crops and its varieties. They were also briefed about Insect, Pest and Disease Management. Students also learnt about the different methods and plantation of crops at Fruit Research Station.
It was a long day but very informative and fruitful for all.