Sunday, 29 November 2009

[creative-radio] State Government "Community" Radio Station for Hisar farmers


Community Radio Station for Hisar farmers
29 Nov 2009, 1959 hrs IST, Madhvi Sally, ET Bureau

HISAR: Thousand of farmers in the Hisar district of Haryana will now be
able to tune in to the first Community Radio Station (CRS) on FM 91.2 set
up at Haryana Agricultural University.

Apart from informing and educating farmers about agriculture and best
practices in technology, seed,soil,weather, climate, it will also bring to
focus important social issues and different government schemes for them.

Set up at a cost of Rs 25 lakh, the state government now targets to set
one such CRS in each district. Currently it has got clearance by the
Central government and approval of funding for two more such radio

According to government officials the government plans to engage NGOs,
universities and schools to popularise the concept in the state.Also, the
government is contemplating to give radio sets to farmers at subsidised

"In north India this is first community radio station for farmers and the
programmes on agriculture and animal husbandry will be broadcast.
Initially we will be broadcasting news for 8 hours in a day but we plan to
extend it to 18 hours in the coming days,"Haryana Agriculture University
,vice-chancellor,Dr K.S.Khokhar.

The programmes will be made in local language and will also relay success
stories of farmers to attract more farmers

The country's first community radio station for farmers was set up in
Dharwad in Karnataka in 2007.Similar stations have been launched across
the country to disseminate information on issues related to agriculture to

The broadcasting of the programmes began on Sunday and the station would
transmit to a radius of around 30 km. Hisar is the hub of commodities like
cotton, mustard, guar and wheat and dairy sector.

Community radio is expected to play a positive role in enhancing
agriculture development in Haryana. "It will tell farmers how to cope with
weather calamities, management of land, water and pesticides in farming
and to adopt new methods to increase their earning," said Dr Khokhar.

According to the agriculture department ,nearly 70% of the state's
population live in villages and depend directly or indirectly on

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