The College Best Practices are

1. Agro services: Use of Bio fertilizers, guidance to farmers.

Goal:
1. To change the attitude of farmers for using the bio fertilizers.
2. To popularize the use of bio fertilizers among the farmers
3. To familiarize the farmers about hazardous effects of chemical fertilizers.

The Context:
Our college is located in the rural area where farming is the main occupation. The farmers cultivate various seasonal crops such as corn, onion, cotton, pulses and cereals along with leafy vegetables. The crops are seriously affected by use of chemical fertilizers and have adverse effect on the growth and productivity of crop. To overcome such problem use of bio fertilizer is helping the farmers to increase the soil fertility and crop productivity.
Practice:
1. Teachers of Department of Botany are involved in creating awareness among farmers to use bio fertilizers.
2. In both Kharip and rabbi season the teacher and final year students arrange the demonstration Programme on application of bio fertilizers in the field of farmers, vicinity to Yeola.
3. Teacher gives information of adverse effect of chemical fertilizers and thereby importance of bio fertilizers.

Evidences of Success:
It has helped to farmers.
Problem encountered and resources required:
No problem has been encountered.

2. Soil analysis

Goal:
1. To provoke the farmers to analyses their field soil.
2. To popularize the benefits of soil testing in crop cultivation among the farmers
3. To familiarize the farmers about how to maintain the health of soil.
The Context:

Majority of peoples in vicinity of college location are farmers. Due to lack of knowledge of soil nutrients essential for plant growth they never test the soil and continuously apply chemical fertilizers. It results into conversion of fertile soil to alkaline or acidic soil. To overcome this problem, soil analysis is suggested to farmers which helps farmer to decide cropping pattern and fertilizer amendment.

Practice:
a. Teachers of Department of chemistry are involved in creating awareness among farmers to analyse the soil.
b. Soil samples are collected from various farmers by final year Chemistry students.
c. Soil analysis is collectively done by Sahyadri Agro Biotech and chemistry department.
d. Calibration and interpretation of results are given to farmers
e. Recommendation of fertilizers based on soil testing results.

Evidences of Success:
It has helped to farmers.
Problem encountered and resources required:
No problem has been encountered

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