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Integrated Farming Practices are Must to Increase Agricultural Produces.

Bhagalpur: the agriculture experts associated with district agriculture department along with the Krishi Vikas Kendras (KVKs) under Bihar Agricultural University (BAU) has advocated for integrated farming along with business-like approach towards agriculture, aimed at augmenting agriculture produces and thereby bringing change in the socio-economic condition of farmers as well as residents of rural areas.

Regarding integrated farming, the experts also suggested adopting livestock rearing like quail, goat, poultry, cow farming etc for substantial increase in household income of the rural families besides using the fodder and other by-products of agriculture and livestock farming. Involving women and other members for making them economically independent is the nitty-gritty of making the farming sector commercially viable through integrated farming system.

On the other, the agriculture experts are light on edible 'mushroom' farming was also given in a recently concluded training session to the farmers in which more than 200 farmers from 16 blocks of the district were trained on mushroom farming besides pisciculture (fish farming) along with paddy farming.

Agriculture experts said that Integrated Farming is a farm management system, which aims to deliver sustainable agriculture. Integrated Farming is a novel approach that can be applied to any farming system around the world informed management processes, also adding it combines the best of modern tools and technologies with traditional practices according to a given site and situation. In simple words, it means using many ways of cultivation in a small space or land.

Integration of fish farming with livestock production and farming of agricultural crops, including vegetable farming is based on the concept of an all-round development of agriculture, animal husbandry, fisheries and other side-line occupations, said Agriculture scientist Dr MZ Hoda.

Integrated farming is environmentally and economically rational system to bring both socio-economic changes in the lives of farmers as well as increasing the overall farm produces through same resources and supplements the income of families living rural areas.