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GKVK Krishi Mela witnessed 17.35 lakh visitors and ₹9.01 crore business

GKVK Krishi Mela witnessed 17.35 lakh visitors, highest in last five years

GKVK Krishi Mela witnessed 17.35 lakh visitors, the highest in the last five years

The four-day Krishi Mela of the University of Agricultural Sciences-Bengaluru, which concluded on Sunday, drew 17.35 lakh visitors, the most in the last five years. The mela drew a crowd of 6.14 lakh people on Sunday, according to university officials.

The mela drew 13.1 lakh visitors in 2018-19, 14.5 lakh in 2019-20, and 8.1 lakh in 2021-22. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, only 200 visitors per day were permitted during 2020-21.

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K. Narayana Gowda, Director of Extension at the University, attributes the large crowd to urban people’s interest in agriculture. ‘This time, a large number of urbanites, particularly youth, attended the mela alongside farmers.’ ‘This is primarily due to the fact that urbanites, particularly those with village roots, were able to re-establish contact with their native areas during the pandemic period,’ he told media.

‘In fact, some city dwellers have sold their property in order to purchase agricultural land,’ he says.

At the same time, he acknowledges that such a trend has increased the university’s responsibility because there is an urgent need to provide timely scientific advice to such people as well as handhold them.

Mr. Gowda believes that if there had been no rain throughout the mela, the number of tourists would have climbed even more.

Meanwhile, sales at various stalls have increased significantly, with the mela recording a total business volume of 9.01 crore over four days.

The mela featured nearly 800 stalls set up by various government departments, NGOs, and private companies, as well as FPOs and co-operatives. In addition, there were live demonstration plots showcasing the latest technologies in various crops, cultivation methods, and irrigation systems.

At the same time, he acknowledges that such a trend has increased the university’s responsibility because there is an urgent need to provide timely scientific advice to such people as well as handhold them.
Mr. Gowda believes that if there had been no rain during the mela, the number of visitors would have increased even more.

Mr. Gowda believes that if there had been no rain throughout the mela, the number of tourists would have climbed even more. Also Read | GKVK Krishi Mela 2022, kick starts today with theme ‘agricultural start-ups’

Meanwhile, sales at various stalls have increased significantly, with the mela recording a total business volume of 9.01 crore over four days.

The mela featured nearly 800 stalls set up by various government departments, NGOs, and private companies, as well as FPOs and co-operatives. In addition, there were live demonstration plots showcasing the latest technologies in various crops, cultivation methods, and irrigation systems.

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