The 35 acre agricultural demonstration farm is used for research of new crops (Baby corn, Sweet corn, Papaya, Vetiver, Pink Pepper, Gherkin, etc.), testing of new techniques (SRI, SWI, etc) and use of new technologies (drip irrigation, micro-sprinklers, weeder, seed drill etc.) thus acting as a treasure trove for farmers who visit our premises. A lot of comparative studies are undertaken to show benefits of better practices over conventional method of farming.
Since its inception in 2008, over 15000 soil samples have been tested and recommendation provided to landholders. In just the last one year since adding safe drinking water equipment to this unit, over 600 water samples have been collected from different drinking water sources (hand pump, bore well, etc) in TVM villages and recommendations provided. As a logical extension of this activity and to create community ownership, local people are continuously trained in fixing hand pumps by connecting them to the local Government line departments.
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