MANGALDAI, Aug 23 - �Studying within the four walls of a classroom to acquire knowledge and applying the same in the real work field is totally different. During these four weeks, we have realised that farmers of the State can do wonder in the fields with the knowledge they have acquired from their practical experience, but they need to apply the same with a right mix of science and technology,� said Sunny Gogoi, the leader of the group of 18 students from Assam Agricultural University (AAU), Jorhat.
These students are studying BSc (Agri) course and have been camping in villages of Darrang as part of an academic programme (Rural Agricultural Work Experience Programme) of the university.
Sulakshana Barua, the leader of the 14-member girl students� team, has observed that this programme has benefited both the farmers and the future scientists in the field of agriculture.
�We have worked hand-to -hand with the farmers and demonstrated the use of technology in the right direction. Similarly, the farmers also shared some innovative ideas which they have gathered from their practical experience, that could also equally be beneficial for farming alongside the application of new technology,� Barua opined.
On the other hand, several local farmers, including Naba Kumar Deka of Dahi Nagaon, Mahendra Baruah of Gargari, Dulal Chandra Barua of Niz Sarabari, have admitted that the exchange of new farming ideas with these young future agri scientists in the work field have benefited them a lot.
This four-month residential programme of AAU has aimed at imparting knowledge to the students not just for education but for doing research for the development of farming community and at the same time, trying to disseminate situation-specific technologies to the farmers as a whole through Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) situated in every district of the State.
Besides these, to gain practical knowledge of the agricultural activities and to acclimatise with the village environment, a Rural Agricultural Work Experience Programme (RAWEP) for the BSc (Agri) students was initiated by the varsity from 1994.
As part of this programme, a group of 32 students (18 boys and 14 girls) from the university has been doing their activities in Darrang district since July 29 under the guidance of KVK, Darrang through the demonstration of various technologies developed by AAU, said Manoj Kumar Chauhan, Programme Supervisor & SMS (Soil Science), KVK, Darrang while talking to this correspondent.