Bihar agricultural growth charms Afghanistan farmers

Farmers from Afghanistan are the latest in the growing bandwagon of global participants visiting Bihar to get a first-hand experience of the state’s remarkable turnaround.

As part of an agri-business study tour organised by the US Department of Commerce, an 18-member team of Afghan farmers, including women, has arrived in the state to get tips on the best agricultural practices adopted by their Bihar counterparts for ensuring maximum yield.
A team of Afghan farmers, including women, has arrived in Bihar to get tips on the best agricultural practices

During their interaction, the Afghan farmers will learn usage of agricultural implements, marketing and pricing skills and packaging. Besides, they will visit several sites and factories in Muzaffarpur and Nalanda districts. The two districts have emerged as the hub of Bihar’s new agricultural movement.

Mohd. Wali, leader of one of the Afghan farmer groups, said he and his team will take back the experiences and share them with the farmers in their country. The Afghan farmers hope that they will be able to learn the technique involved in mango and litchi farming. These two fruits are grown in their country. The team, which arrived for a six-day tour on Wednesday, went to the house of awardwinning woman farmer Raj Kumari Devi, popularly known as Kisan Chachi, in Muzaffarpur’s Anandpur village.

Officials of the agriculture department said the Afghan farmers, who have been split into two teams, will visit various places in Muzaffarpur and Nalanda. While one team led by Mohammed Wali will tour the villages of Muzaffarpur to study the conservation of fruits, honey production, marigold farming, milk processing and mushroom production, another team under Mohammed Mustafa will study organic farming, food processing units and production of wheat in Nalanda district. They will also hold talks with the representatives of woman farmers and agriculture department officials to get insights into the different methods of farming.

After their return, the Afghan Provincial Directorates of Agriculture, Irrigation & Livestock and Woman Affairs will monitor and evaluate the activities of the team members and ask them to speak about their insights to their peer groups.

In recent times, farmers from Bihar have attracted global attention for their achievements. Sumant Kumar, a farmer from Nalanda district, had harvested 22.4 tonnes of paddy in one hectare of land in 2011. It bettered the previous record of 19.4 tonnes held by Chinese rice expert Yuan Longping. Farmers from Nalanda district have also set records in potato farming.

Source: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/bihar-agricultural-growth-charms-afghanistan-farmers-us-department-of-commerce/1/338692.html

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