Kisan Chaupal

The varsity started “Kisan Choupal” on April 28, 2012 in collaboration with 20 Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) and nine colleges of the varsity. The Choupal is since then organized every Saturday with the theme “Bihar Krishi Vishwa Vidyalay Kisano Ke Dwar- Kisan Choupal”. (Bihar Agricultural University at the doorstep of farmers: Kisan Choupal) (Singh et. al., 2016)

Mandates of Kisan Choupal

Kisan Choupal is organized by the KVKs and the Colleges under following mandates:

  • To strengthen linkage between scientists and farming community and provide science based information at famers’ doorsteps.
  • To revive the tradition of Kisan Choupal existing in the ancient times to help farmers solve their problems on their own at their place.
  • To collect feedback and/or researchable issues from farmers’ fields and communicate to the researchers for further formulating research priorities.
  • To provide area specific/demand driven information to farmers at their doorsteps.
  • To make convergence with different agencies working for at grassroots level.
  • To motivate the people with the use of scientific and technical videos on cropping practices and allied activities.

Impact of Kisan Choupal

Over the last three years, it left indelible print in the history of extension and/or transfer of technology. Deputy Director General, Agriculture Extension, ICAR was so impressed with this innovative process adopted by the university through KisanChoupal forum that all the KVKs of the country were advised to implement it in their respective areas. The Choupal enables the farmers to directly interact with the expert scientists and get solution to their agricultural problems. In addition to it, more than one lakh farmer friendly publications of the university such as Krishak Sandesh, Kisan Samachar, booklets on mushroom cultivation, orchard management etc. were distributed during the past years through this forum.

Table : Kisan Choupal held and participation of farmers and extension functionaries

 

Sl. No.

KVK/College

Farmers

Extension Functionaries

Grand Total

Male

Female

Total

1

MBAC, Saharsa

1907

305

2212

173

2385

2

CoH, Noorsarai

2010

263

2273

151

2424

3

BPSAC, Purnea

1860

396

2256

118

2374

4

CoA, Dumraon

2205

268

2473

103

2576

5

Araria

1792

271

2063

93

2156

6

Arwal

1913

260

2173

113

2286

7

Aurangabad

2106

192

2298

117

2415

8

Banka

2682

747

3429

142

3571

9

Bhagalpur

1836

535

2371

86

2457

10

Gaya

2694

406

3100

97

3197

11

Jehanabad

2398

514

2912

106

3018

12

Katihar

2007

525

2532

135

2667

13

Khagaria

2923

586

3509

156

3665

14

Kisanganj

2002

520

2522

139

2661

15

Lakhisarai

2044

483

2527

93

2620

16

Madhepura

2586

352

2938

146

3084

17

Munger

2430

510

2940

133

3073

18

Nalanda

2259

412

2671

142

2813

19

Patna

1939

343

2282

129

2411

20

Purnea

2095

483

2578

142

2720

21

Rohtas

4560

556

5116

1788

6904

22

Saharsa

2559

762

3321

284

3605

23

Sheikhpura

1923

379

2302

97

2399

24

Supaul

3678

656

4334

38

4372

Total

56408

10724

67132

4721

71853

2014-15

34003

7679

41682

2020

43702

2015-16

61241

18834

80075

1190

81265

 

In the year 2016-’17, a total of 71853 participants were benefitted. The extension functionaries of the line departments also played a major role in converting interest of the farmers into action.