"Wala Ho Bage-wano Naw Baharukh Shan Paida kar
Pholan Gull Gath Karan Bulbul Tututhi Samane Paida Kar"(Mahjoor)
Kudos to the entire family of SKUAST-Kashmir for successful "Exhibition-cum-seed sale mela"- 2017; indeed it was an honour to be part of it and a treat to watch. The same was held for showcasing technologies concerning agriculture, horticulture, veterinary & animal husbandry, fisheries and forestry coupled with scientists-farmers-industry interface in which all the stake holders participated in a meaningful discussion with lot of zeal and zest.
Kisam mela should be an important annual event in agricultural universities as it provides an opportunity in creating awareness about agriculture-based technologies and need-based and farmer-friendly researches developed for enhancing the crop/livestock production and productivity and ultimately improving the standard of living of the people concerned. Such events provide a window of getting feedback from farmers, entrepreneurs, field functionaries and unemployed youth which is helpful in deciding the research strategies and extension priorities of the varsity.
I take pleasure in expressing the Kisan Mela as from "root to fruit; seed to breed; nuggets to maggots; eggs to legs; charka to tadka; animal side tests to nests; vanraja to maharaja; zera to khira; rajmas to hajmas; dals to mals; apricots to dicots; buckwheat to buckmeat; knives to bee hives; puri to noori; lice to rice; nuts to cuts; chestnuts to walnuts; saffron to kehzaban; maize to gaze; models to goggles; pruning to surgical scissors; planting to feeding material; mushkbudji to pusa basmati; aquarium to herbarium; fish to kishmish; specimens to live animals; diagnostic kits to wits; vaccines to medicines; feed to urea molasses blocks; feed to greed additives; skeletons to gluttons; emergency to library etc etc". In nutshell, it was a wonderful display of talent and technology.
Yes, there is a scope for improvement in organising such events like assigning a particular year-wise theme, awarding the best progressive farmers, faculty-wise display of technologies developed, ensuring efficient space management, waste disposal, and traffic management besides provision for free drinking water and sitting arrangement for visitors and; cloakroom for securing valuables. And how much difference would it make if there were volunteers for guiding people.
Heavy downpour in the beginning might had cast doubts in the minds of organisers yet I believe it added a flavour and simulated the conditions in which agricultural work is actually done. And whyn't? We all love to be associated with such a noble profession where blood and sweat fetches us the harvest. The rain probably was sent with a message – the beautiful message of spring "Aaye bahar ko ham bant le; Zindagi ke pyar ko hum bant le". I am sure people who thronged the varsity exhibition-cum-sale area enjoyed the rains, got the message and left with hearts and minds filled with love and affection not only for mankind and/or ecosystem but for the SKUAST as well.
See you next year, InshaAllah.