The Krishi Mela came to an end on Sunday with over 5 lakh people thronging the last day. In total 12 lakh people visited the Mela in 4 days, reported Kannada Prabha.

The Krishi Mela was cancelled the previous year in view of the drought. But this year over all good rains brought smile on the faces of farmers and the show reflected that. Around 700 stalls were set up and farmers from Chikkaballapura, Kolara, Hasana, Mandya and Mysuru districts attended the Mela.

Uppdated information about animal husbandry, agriculture machinery, fisheries, horticulture, drip irrigation, organic farming, and integrated farming methods were obtained by the visitors. The first day 1.25 lakh visitors, second day 2.50 lakh visitors and the final day 5 lakh visitors came to the Mela.  For the urban families it was a holiday outing. Every stall was crowded. 

The college students were seen in very high number. They were interested in getting information about horticulture, animal husbandry and sapling conservation said Agriculture Varsity prof Dr Shivaram.

Speaking at the valedictory of the Mela former chief minister and MP Veerappa Moily said information about latest developments in framing practices, modern technology and agriculture machinery must reach all farmers. Encouragement and support to farmers is needed in this regard he said.  The State Government has taken up water projects for both drinking and agriculture in 10 districts including Chikkaballapura and Bengaluru. The water problems in these regions will be resolved permanently very soon he assured.  

On the occasion, farmer achievers were presented awards. Best farmer male and Best farmer female awards were presented. Speaking after presenting the awards the Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said farmers must incorporate integrated farming practices that give higher yield per acre.  In the olden days joint family system in villages enabled families to own 20 to 30 acres of land.

But the nuclear family system has divided the land. Hence integrated framing practices can help grow more in less land, he said.

Omkar Murthy of Hassan district and Sharadmma of Chikkaballapura district received the Can bank Best Farmer Male and Best Farmer Female awards. Farmer Manjunath from Bengaluru Rural received the Dr R Dwarakinath Best Farmer award.  

Agriculture Researcher Dr B Hanumanthe Gowda received the Dr R Dwarakinath Best Extension Activist award. Scientist Dr A T Sadashiva of Indian Institute of Horticulture received the Dr M H Marigowda National Endowment National award.