Uttar Pradesh university to launch schools for farmers

November 24th, 2008 - 6:37 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, Nov 24 (IANS) The Chandra Shekhar Azad University of Agriculture and Technology in Kanpur will open schools for farmers to impart scientific lessons on how to raise crop productivity, officials said Monday.”The upcoming schools will be set up in rural areas of Kanpur,” the university’s joint director (research) H.G. Prakash told IANS.

According to Prakash, the state government has already approved the project in principle and has allocated Rs.4.8 million for it.

“Under the project, a total of 10 schools would be set up. A school would come up in a cluster comprising 4-5 villages,” Prakash said.

“At these schools, scientists, research scholars and other experts from the university will give tips and information to farmers on pest management, precision farming, post-harvest handling, organic farming and other domains for increasing agricultural roductivity,” Prakash added.

Classes at these schools would be organised every day from 10 am to 5 pm, Prakash said.

The construction of the schools is expected to start from next month, he added.

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