The state agricultural universities (SAU) are organizing on a regular basis. The ICAR JSS Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) organizes a similar event every year, which is unique in many ways. In a bid to promote all-round rural development by means of nurturing folk art and traditional institutions such as annual fairs, cultural festivals and music concerts, the Suttur Sri Mutt has been organizing annual Jathra Mahothsava to pay tributes to Adi Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeshwara Bhagavatpadaru (The Founder Pontiff of the Sri Mutt) at Suttur - a village 30 kilometers from Mysuru city.
JSS Mahavidyapeetha (JSS MVP), Mysuru, is a charitable institution (NGO) founded by the Sri Mutt. JSS MVP is striving to provide quality education to all, as it believes that education is fundamental to societal development. JSS MVP undertakes various projects and programmes in its pursuit of promoting education, health, agriculture and rural development; organizing exhibition and fairs, symposia, seminar, workshops and conferences is an integral, cross-cutting activity in rural and semi-urban areas.
The six-day event, an integral part of the Jathra, includes live exhibition of crops and technologies, seminars on issues of contemporary relevance in agriculture sector, including thematic exhibitions, flower shows, agri/horticultural exhibition, cattle fair, display and sale of agricultural inputs, farm implements and equipments etc. Farmers with distinct achievements are also honoured on the occasion.
The Krishimela had the following components:
- One-Acre IFS Model: The KVK has developed an IFS model over the last 10 years. The objective of the model is to demonstrate that the small and marginal farmers can grow almost everything on one acre to meet their annual household requirement, except salt. The model included 108 different crops and 4 allied enterprises this year. The seasonal crops included cereals, including the exotic super foods, chia, quinoa and Teff -grown for the first time and the Indian super foods – minor millets (5 species), pulses, oilseeds, commercial crops, vegetables, medicinal plants as well as fodder crops. The perennials included silver oak, casurina and teak along the fence as source of timber; mango, sapota, banana, pomegranate, lime as sources of fruits, as also drumstick and coconut trees. In addition, the model included subsidiary enterprises such as small-scale dairy, vermicomposting and azolla units and a farm pond with fish.
- Horticulture crop cafeteria: Various types of vegetables, fruits and flowers were grown on another one-acre land. The crop diversity included 60 different horticultural crops, including the different native vegetables and the exotic vegetables like lettuce, pakchoy, Chinese cabbage etc. The new addition this year was a demonstration block of GI crops of Mysuru viz., Nanjangud Rasabale (banana), Mysuru Mallige (Jasmine), Eranagere Badane (brinjal) and Mysuru Chigurele (beetle vine).
- Indigenous livestock breeds: As many as 20 farmers from Mysuru, Chamarajanagar and Mandya districts brought cows, bulls, sheep and goats for display. The livestock show included cattle breeds viz., Devani, Sahiwal, Hallikar and Gir, Jalwadi, Sirohi and Jamnapari goat breeds, Bandur sheep as also the ornamental fish species.
- Agri Expo: As many as 124 stalls were set up and were occupied by 86 different institutions and individuals. The Agri-Exhibition had display of an array of seeds, fertilizers, pest and disease management technologies and inputs, products and market information related to various crops, specimens and models. UAS, Bengaluru, development departments such as agriculture, horticulture, forestry, fishery, sericulture, Zilla Panchayat, private agencies and SHGs had put up stalls to promote their respective products and services. The Mela included exclusive display and sale of minor millets through 20 stalls and a cooking competition where millet recipes were prepared, on the spot.
- Agri Seminar: A seminar was organized on the main dais on the topic, “Doubling Farmers Income – Opportunities and Challenges’ in which four selected farmers from four different districts of Karnataka shared their experiences, while Director, ICAR ATARI (Zone XI) emphasized the significance of science in farmers’ successes.
The was an occasion that served many purposes – introducing new crops, varieties, technologies and agro products for farmers, ‘learning by doing’ for the staff of KVK, unfolding crop and biodiversity before the children, inducing interest in farming among urbanites and offering a platform for the people’s representatives and religious leaders to express their concerns and interest in farming and farmers. By this way, the KVK is building its visibility across the district and beyond. The Mela inspires farmers and induces confidence among them in successful and sustainable farming.
The farmers visiting sought for seeds, inputs and more information regarding various crops and received guidance from the KVK technical staff. About three lakh visitors witnessed the Krishimela and appreciated the diversity of crops, technologies, agencies and events. Thousands of students obtained practical knowledge, especially regarding many unseen and unheard-of crops. The one-acre IFS model was particularly appreciated by many visitors and the entire Krishimela received excellent media attention. The crops, flowers and the ‘Selfie garden’ turned out to be the special attractions to many visitors which witnessed thousands of selfie photos.
Krishimela Video Gallery
|Sl. No.||Flower Crops||Fruits &
|Indigenous crops||Medicinal and Aromatic||Kitchen garden||Pulse Crops||Oilseed Crops||Crops||Plantation crops||Leafy vegetables||Fodder crops||Exotic Crops||Demos|
|1.||Marigold||Mango (Badami)||Hrave soppu||Insulin||Tomato||Chickpea (JG 11)||Sunflower (Dhara)||Maize (5404)||Coconut||Spinach||Sampoorna (DHN-6)||Teff||Trenching and Mulching in Mulberry Cultivation|
|2.||Zinnia||Sapota (Cricket ball)||Finger Millet (Dodda thene)||Brahmi||Chilli||Green Gram (China mung)||Soybean (Local)||Maize (5109)||Neem||Dill||Napier Grass (Co 4)||Quinoa||Vermicompost Production Unit|
|3.||Balsam||Lime (Kagzi)||Finger Millet (Kari thene)||Lemon Grass||Brinjal||Black Gram (T-9)||Groundnut (Kadri-6)||Jowar (Hi-tech 3201)||Agathi||Amaranthus (Red)||Guinea Grass||Chia||Azolla Production Unit|
|4.||Nandi batlu||Citron||Kasturi methi||Henna||Drumstick (Bhagya)||Black Gram (LBG-791)||Mustard (Small)||Wheat (Local)||Bamboo||Coriander||Marvel Grass||-||Farm House|
|5.||Cosmos||Pomegranate||Methi||Mango Ginger||Capsicum||Black Gram (Nirmala)||Mustard (Medium size)||Sugarcane + French bean||Silver Oak||Methi||Fodder sorghum + Fodder Cow pea||-||Farm Pond|
|6.||Antirrhinum (Liberty Mix)||Ridge gourd (Naga)||Mustard (Local)||Amruthaballi||Bhendi||Black Gram (LBG-625)||Niger (Local)||Bajra (Local)||Casurina||Chakkotha soppu||Fodder sorghum + Fodder Cow pea||-||-|
|7.||Aster (Tall Mix)||Ridge gourd (Varsha)||Mustard (Yellow)||Basil||Cabbage (Red)||Cowpea (C-152)||Sesamum-Black (Local)||Finger Millet (KMR 301)||Sandal wood||-||-||-||-|
|8.||Balsam (Tom Thumb Mix)||Bitter gourd (Palee)||Finger Millet (Chicka thene)||Aloe vera||Knol Khol||Cowpea - White (Local)||Sesamum-White (Local)||Foxtail Millet (Local)||Agave||-||-||-||-|
|9.||Calendula (Pacific Beauty)||Bitter gourd (Maya)||Spinach (Local)||Beetle vine||Radish||Peas (Local)||Linseed / Flax (Local)||Little Millet (Local)||Glyricidia||-||-||-||-|
|10.||Calendula (Bon Bon Mix)||Bitter gourd (616)||Chickpea (Local)||Hippali||Carrot||Horse Gram-Brown (Local)||Grain Amaranthus (White)||Proso Millet (Local)||Subabul||-||-||-||-|
|11.||Celosia - Plumos (Kimono Salmon)||Snake gourd (Kovai)||Black Gram (Local)||Chakramuni||French bean||Yard Long Bean||Marigold 307 (Yellow)||Barn Yard Millet (Local)||Nerale||-||-||-||-|
|12.||Celosia - Plumos (Kimono Mix )||Cucumber (Jumbo)||Dolichos (Local)||Doddapatre||Cucumber||Moth Bean (Local)||Marigold (Orange)||-||Palm||-||-||-||-|
|13.||Celosia - Plumos (Kimono Red)||Bottle gourd (Swikar 045)||Horse Gram-Red (Local)||Besella alba||Ridge gourd||Lentil-Red (Local)||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|14.||Celosia - Plumos (Kimono Scarlet )||Yard Long Bean (Fola)||Green Gram (Local)||Mentha||Bitter gourd||Dolichos (HA-4)||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|15.||Cosmos (Sensation Mix)||Yard Long Bean (YL 35)||Cowpea-Red (Local)||Curry Leaf (Suhasini)||Pumpkin||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|16.||Chrysanthemum (White Pompon)||Yard Long Bean (Nagashree)||Foxtail Millet (Dodda thale)||Amla||Bottle gourd||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|17.||Dahlia (Early Bird Mix)||Brinjal (MEBH 10)||Foxtail Millet (Chikka Navane)||Maruga||Snake gourd||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|18.||Gazania (Sunshine mix)||Brinjal (Lalita)||Foxtail Millet (Kari Navane)||Ashwagandha||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|18.||Hollyhock (Summer Carnival mix)||Brinjal (Jamuni)||Foxtail Millet (Kempu)||Sarpagandha||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|19.||Phlox (Beauty Mix)||Capsicum (Diana)||Foxtail Millet (Hasiru)||Avarthini||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|20.||Portulaca (Double Mix)||Chilli (Ulka)||Foxtail Millet (Kari Thale)||Sariva||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|21.||Salvia (Salsa Mix)||Chilli (US 344)||Foxtail Millet (Dodda kalu)||Nirgundi||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|22.||Vinca (Apricot)||Chilli (861)||Beetroot (Local)||Agnimantha||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|23.||Vinca (White )||Chilli (Hakone)||Carrot (Local)||Butter Fruit||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|24.||Zinnia (Zahara mix )||Tomato (NS 526)||Rajma (Local)||Avarike||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|25.||Verbena (Quartz mix)||Tomato (Nutan)||Kidney beans (Local)||Calotropis||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|26.||Petunia (Ultra Star Mix)||Tomato (Soubhagya)||Bottle gourd (Local)||Arka||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|27.||Pansy (Twinkle mix)||Tomato (Emerald)||Peas-Red (Local)||Akole||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|28.||Marigold Hybrid (Kilimanjiro White)||Tomato (Cherry)||Peas-White (Local)||Jayapala||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|29.||Ipomea Mix||Pole Beans (Belli)||Yard Long Bean (Local)||Baje||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|30.||Impatiens (Mega Orange Star)||Cucumber (Rashmi)||Bhendi (Local)||Ashoka||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|31.||Gaillardia (Red plume)||Pumpkin (Arjun)||Pole beans (Local)||Chitraka||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|32.||Marigold (Ashoka Yellow)||Leeks||Kodo Millet (Local)||Vasa||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|33.||Marigold (307)||Parsley (Curl)||Jowar -Bili (Local)||Jalabramhi||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|34.||Marigold (Maxima Yellow )||Amaranthus (Local)||Eclipta||Asthi Shunkala (Nalli)||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|35.||Marigold (Yellow Star)||Celery||Pearl Millet (White)||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|36.||Marigold (African White)||Lettuce -Rocket||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|37.||Marigold (910)||Zuccini Yellow||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|39.||-||Sweet Corn (Maurya)||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|40.||-||Cluster bean (Local)||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|41.||-||Cluster bean (Rani)||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|44.||-||Broccoli (Green Magic)||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|45.||-||French Beans (Harikot)||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|46.||-||French Beans (Anup)||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|47.||-||French Beans (Arka Arjun)||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|47.||-||French Beans (Arka Sharath)||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|48.||-||Radish (Snow White 61)||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|