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Old 17th November 2018, 15:48   #1
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Krishimela 2018 is on in GKVK campus Bengaluru from Nov 15 and tomorrow (18th) is the last day. For all those who are interested in agriculture, veterinary, gardening, organic farming and products, it will make a good visit. Kids will have good outing and get to know about farming and farm products.

I left at 10 from R T Nagar and reached in half an hour. But while returning back at 2 pm there was a huge number of cars waiting to enter the GKVK premises on new airport road. So if anyone is planning, try to be there around 10 or 11.

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The drones were displayed which are used for spraying pesticides.

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Drone in action

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Some of the snaps from the nurseries and vegetables in experimental plots.

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Sunflower in all glory

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Ragi

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Millets

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Drip irrigation

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Old 17th November 2018, 16:27   #2
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Never saw an Okra so large

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Green house area

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Hydroponics

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Eco friendly flower pots

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Silk : Cocoons and silk worms

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A fold able / collapsible twig / branch cutter

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and the star attractions of the mela...

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Kids can try their hand in making pots as well....

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While there is enough parking, try to reach early to avoid looking for parking slot. Some areas are bit dusty, so take care if allergic to dust. The organisers are using water sprinklers to keep the dust levels low and the kids seem to be enjoying the spray

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Old 17th November 2018, 17:17   #3
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The Krishi Mela - ( Agricultural Fair/Exhibition to the uninitiated) is an annual affair that brings to fore modern technologies and innovations in farming. It is a platform that brings scientists, entrepreneurs, companies, consumers and farmers together. This is an event where budding researchers get to hobnob with veteran cultivators; an occasion when successful sons of the soil (no pun or sarcasm intended) are felicitated for their achievements. Progressive farmers from across the state mark the dates on their calendars every year.

And for the wannabe farming enthusiasts from the cities (mainly Bengaluru), Krishi Mela is an opportunity to look at what could have been!

I have gone there thrice in the last ten years and each of those visits have sent me on a short-term & short-lived search for the actual meaning of life . So, with the wisdom gained, I restrain myself even from looking in the direction of GKVK!

That said, one of my previous visits had inspired me to take up terrace gardening. Before we gave it up, my wife and I successfully harvested 5-6kgs of tomatoes, 20 odd capsicums, a few cabbages, cauliflowers, a fair quantity of bitter gourds, beans and some okras. So did a colleague.

For those of you interested in vicariously visiting the Mela, here's a borrowed video.



@AltoLXI, thanks for sharing this; in time. Tomorrow is the last day of the exhibition and Bengalureans can (specially those with children) spend quality time at the venue, feeling nostalgic and connected to the sense of the soil. For a generation of children who do not know what paddy is or where their cooking oil comes from, Krishi Mela will be a godsent opportunity to expand their horizons.

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Thanks for sharing, AltoLxi and dailydriver. Interesting information, am inclined to visit, hope I go.
Do they also have ideas for apartment kind of lifestyle ?
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Old 17th November 2018, 22:00   #5
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Thanks for sharing, AltoLxi and dailydriver. Interesting information, am inclined to visit, hope I go.
Do they also have ideas for apartment kind of lifestyle ?
Yes, there are quite a few stalls which sell indoor plants, ornamental plants, pots which can be suspended on the balcony bars/grills, Bonsai plants, equipment for small garden, ideas for hydroponics. There are stalls which deal with organic food, millet, health foods / oils (some BHPians were asking where cold pressed oil is available in the cooking oil thread. Quite a few variety of cold pressed cooking oils are also on sale)

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Wow! Amazing. Didn't know of such a thing. Any idea till what time it's open on the last day (Sunday)? Have prior commitments till 11am but would love to be able to go there in the afternoon.

Thanks for sharing.
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Wow! Amazing. Didn't know of such a thing. Any idea till what time it's open on the last day (Sunday)? Have prior commitments till 11am but would love to be able to go there in the afternoon.

Thanks for sharing.
Just checked and got to know that the opening time is 9 am and will close at 6 pm.
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Wish I had known about it on Saturday morning. I am an agricultural graduate and would love to know/see recent advances in agriculture.
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Managed to visit today for about an hour. Loved it. Got some seeds, flowers, and what they claim to be organic jaggery.

The place was mega crowded. Wish there was some roadmap to display the stall locations and contents etc. I felt it could get better organized but loved it nonetheless. It needs 2-3 hours for one to properly make use of the mela.
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This is quite a different type of experience you had. I am grateful to my wife who is from an Agricultural background and I am privileged to get some opportunities to tag along with her at few of these conventions. I am not sure why is there no widespread media coverage at a national level. I have seen farmers in both Telangana and Andhra use drones to make their life easy. Thank you for sharing this here.
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My dream is to finally own and run a semi-self sufficient bio-farm in my hometown once I am able to get rid of the laptops and cubicles and I should have been to this Mela. I just saw this thread now. Is there some forum, groups, etc where i can possibly speak to experts, consultants (if at all) and resources I can get my hands on or get connected with?
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