KNOW, GROW AND KEEP EXPLORING
Conserve Resources, Sustain Life, And Educate Yourself To Be Technologically Progressive.
Stafordians of classes 6 and 7 visited State institute for management of agriculture SIMA, Rehmankhera on 27th February , 2020. The purpose of this visit was to enable students to relate their theoretical knowledge with the practical exposure which they gained after visiting this place. The visit helped them to explore how food is grown and how animals are raised is an ideal way and to connect with where their food comes from.
During this visit the students were also exposed to tools and techniques being used in breeding of crops, concept of crop production under controlled environmental conditions. The visit was based on the study of various means to conserve the top soil cover along with retaining the fertility of it and study of medicinal herbs.
To fulfil this objective, an educational trip to SIMA was planned for them. The State Institute of Agriculture Management (SIMA) (Rajya Krishi Prabandh Sansthaan) is a research institute for subtropical fruits, medicinal plants and has modern nursery facilities, well established orchards and fully equipped laboratories. It has two experimental farms, one of which is at Rehmankhera, Lucknow.
At SIMA, the students visited the Herbal Garden managed by the institute where they had a chance to see a variety of medicinal herbs like Tulsi, Ashwagandha, Chandan, Sindoor, Stevia, Aloevera, Allspices, Cardamom, Cinnamon etc. They learnt the importance of these herbs in curing common ailments and the simplicity with which these plants can be managed at home. The importance of Ayurveda, traditional, age old and time tested pattern of treatment of India was brought forward through this garden and students learnt about the alternate and safe methods of treatment which the nature can provide them. The students were also taken to their research farms wherein they saw the different varieties of gram, masoor, Alsi(flax), wheat and barley. The also learnt the mechanism of saving the crop by pheromone trapping of the pests which harm the food varieties.
An hour long interaction with the agricultural experts and associate professors of the institute embellished the knowhow of Stafordians as to how and why to conserve the top soil, effects of chemical fertilizers, population and constantly decreasing levels of ground water on agriculture. There was a healthy interaction with the experts satisfying the students by answering their queries related to facilities provided by the government to the medium scale farmers, pursuing a career in agricultural development, training the human resource. The list is unending.
At SIMA, Dr. P K Kannaujia, director SIMA, volunteered to guide our students and encouraged them. Over 60 students had the opportunity to visit fields and medicinal garden at SIMA.
By learning how a farm works, children experience the natural world in a new way and make a vital connection between the social, ecological, and economic importance of agriculture in their lives. “Real science is about being curious about the things around you” The trip aimed to engage, excite and educate the Stafordians and at highlighting the importance of creativity in the fields of science and technology.