“The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life.”
Rural Development Program
Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture
Indian agriculture has an extensive background which goes back to at least 10 thousand years. Currently the country holds the second position in agricultural production in the world and most of our economy is dependent on the agriculture and stats also prove that in many food productions India stands at No.1 or No.2.
India is the second biggest producer of wheat, rice, cotton, sugarcane, silk, groundnuts, and dozens more. It is also the second biggest harvester of vegetables and fruits, the major fruits produced by India are mangoes, papayas, sapota, and bananas. India also has the biggest number of livestock in the world, holding 281 million. In 2008, the country housed the second largest number of cattle in the world with 175 million.But whatever positions we are holding on the world dice its all because of the people who are constantly contributing to the agriculture and because of whom we all are getting fodder, The Farmer.
In the production of sugarcane and wheat Northern part of India is leading and especially the belt of western UP is playing the major role in the production of these crops. We RVITians are also the part of this belt so we know the importance of agriculture and farmers.
So to make students aware of our locality and culture RVIT is putting its sincere efforts to make students know about the importance of agriculture and in this line we every year organize a farmer’s meet and allow the students to interact with them, that what problems they face and how much efforts required from their sides to improve the quality and quantity of the crops.
Rural Development Workshop(12th -16th January 2015)
A five days rural development workshop on technologies for sustainable development from 12th-16th Jan 2015 was organized by RVIT in co-ordination with NITTTR(National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research) Chandigarh. The primary objective of this workshop was to strengthen the rural youth and motivate them using and sustaining the technologies for their life.
Technologies for Sustainable Development and Hands on Session
Two faculty members and 25 students from RVIT worked together with the team of experts and surveyed the Chokpuri village and selected 15 houses for the construction of smokeless chulha.
15 smokeless chulha were constructed in the selected 15 houses of the village.
A team of four experts from RaeBareilley came to provide the training to the rural community about the preparation and installation of smokeless chulha.
Prof. U. N. Rai told the rural people that sanitation refers to the maintenance of hygienic conditions by means of performing certain types of activities such as waste or garbage collection and effective disposal of waste water .
He emphasized on the need of having proper sanitation facility in every household in order to prevent the villagers from those diseases which are transmitted due to human waste.
Prof. U. N. Rai discussed with the rural community about the importance of sanitation. It refers to the provision of facilities and services for the safe disposal of human waste. Prof . Rai told that proper sanitation is known to have a significant beneficial health in the households as well as in the rural communities.
Mr. Bharat Bhushan Tyagi, a well known farmer and socialist from Bulandshashar west UP had a discussion with the Villagers and shared his experiences and new techniques of organic farming with them.
Prof. U. N. Rai enlightened the people about the challenges involved in apiculture and suggested the ways on how to deal with them.
Prof. G. P Govil gave presentation to the audience about the working of biogas plant and its benefits while keeping in consideration the rural background of the people.
Dr. U.N. Rai visited the Chokpuri village along with the team of volunteers and discussed with them the practical method of implementation of Vermicompost.10 Kgs of different varieties of worms were brought and was mixed with the cow dung and Vermicompost was implemented in 5 houses of the village. These houses were surveyed and selected by the team of experts who visited the village.
Generation of electricity from waste:
Prof. G.P. Govil told that generation of energy from waste is beneficial in many ways. It is most suitable for eco-friendly waste disposal and also for energy generation. He told that 1.5 KW electricity can be produced from one cubic metre of biogas. The size of the generator can be fixed depending upon the availability of gas, the quantity of gas and the duration for the requirement of the power.
On the final day of the rural development workshop all the dignitaries shared their feedbacks and experiences with the rural community as well as the students and faculties of RVIT.