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Third Field Days India back again in Punjab

Live machinery demonstrations – solutions for crop protection and handling of potatoes – workshop on modern straw management

Field Days India returned to Punjab were it once started three years ago. Organized by DLG International and the German Agribusiness Alliance, the third Field Days India took place from 24 – 25 January 2017 in the district of Sarabah next to Ludhiana. Live machinery demonstrations within the potato cultivation process drew attention to the progressive farmers of Punjab and neighboring states. Farmers took the chance to learn about the latest products and technologies during presentations and live machinery demonstrations on the field.
Field Days India presented technology from soil preparation, seeding, crop protection, harvest and storage solutions. On 24th of January, more people visited Field Days as three years ago on the first day of in total two. Due to heavy rainfalls on the following day live demonstrations started late. In total 750 progressive farmers joined the event. Furthermore, a workshop of DEULA Nienburg on modern straw management was particularly well received by the visitors due to the need to fulfill governmental regulations not burning straw as from 2017. An evening reception in cooperation with the German Ministry of Agriculture (BMEL) invited the participating companies and their valued customers.

The Managing Director of DLG International Mr Bernd Koch and the host Mr Bhavjit Singh Grewal welcomed the professional visitors on both days. High-ranking visitors were certainly pleased about the concept and implementation of the third Field Days India in Punjab and were very interested in the straw management process particular of paddy straw. These Field Days therefore appropriately brought together farmers, agro companies, researchers, agri solution providers and holistic stakeholders who are all here to share experiences and information, as well as to lay good agriculture practices to improve productivity.
All of the participating companies did very good business during the two days and received orders from the progressive farmers. The Field Days concept introduced by DLG International also attracted Indian companies shown interested to participate in the next edition of the unique concept.

The agricultural sector in India contributes 17.6% to the overall economy. Next to China and Russia, with 45 Mio. Tons, India is counted among the leading potato farmers in the world. Next edition will concentrate at least on a second crop and integrate trial fields to bring more benefit to the visitors.
Any questions regarding Field Days India please mail the Project Manager, Mr Martin Botzian: M.Botzian@DLG.org or call +49 69 247 88 290.



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