The University of Agriculture and Horticultural Sciences (UAHS), Shivamogga, will observe 2015 as the year of agriculture mechanisation, said its Vice-Chancellor C. Vasudevappa.
The UAHS, Shivamogga, would conduct demonstrations in the fields of farmers in its jurisdiction on the usage of agriculture implements.
A bank of agricultural implements would be opened at the Zonal Agricultural and Horticultural Research Station (ZAHRS) of the university at Hiriyur, Shivamogga, Mudigere and Brahmavar. The agricultural implements would be rented out for farmers, he told presspersons here, recently.
The UAHS has purchased automatic seed and fertiliser driller, tractor-operated post hole digger, paddy harvester, paddy transplanter and arecanut climbing device. In the first phase, the entire farming operations in the demonstration plots at the campus of UAHS, Shivamogga, in Navile locality, near here, would be mechanised, he said.
Experts from the university would create awareness among farmers on the importance of mechanisation of agricultural operations through on-field demonstrations and by delivering lectures in villages. The farmers would be trained in the operation of agricultural implements.