The Pashu Palan Mela of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana will be a very productive event for people of all the walks of life. Dr AS Nanda, Vice-Chancellor, GADVASU, Ludhiana expressed these views on the eve of 26 March 2019. He said that in this mela our theme slogan is ‘Mela Slogan is ‘Uttpadan di Gunvatta Vadhao, Pashu Palan ton Vadh Labh Kamao' means 'Develop value added Livestock Products and earn more profit'.
He said that mela will be a centre of attraction for not only the livestock, Fisheries, Poultry, Goat and Pig farmers but for children, youth, senior citizens as well as women also, because different products and items will be on display for different age groups, sections and nature. Dr Nanda revealed that whereas cattle, buffalos, goats, rabbits, pigs and different species including ornamental fish, etc. will be the main attraction for children, rural touch angle of University will be special attraction for urban children. He further stated that Pashu Palan Mela will be more useful for the students who are studying animal husbandry and folklore as they will get more valuables information about the latest interventions in the field of animal husbandry, dairying, fisheries, etc.
Dr. Harish Kumar Verma, Director of Extension Education said that the experts of the University will provide on the spot knowhow through question answer session, discussion as well as practical demonstrations regarding upkeep, vaccination and other timely cares of the small pets like dogs, cats, etc. The farmers can come with blood, urine and milk samples of their animals for testing. Testing facility is free in mela. The pet owners will also get information about the latest products which are now available in the market. College of fisheries will display latest technologies for fish farming in fresh water, saline water, ornamental fish culture, aquarium fabrication, fish processing and value addition. Ornamental fish, aquarium plants and fish products will be available for sale. The house-wives who have either independently taken up the livestock profession or helping in it can also interact with the experts of the University to get the latest information about the livestock products and their usages. It is also a good privilege to taste and know about the different mouth watering vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies like Sweetened and Salted lassi, Flavoured milk, Ice creams, Peda, Mozzarella cheese, Sweets, Whey drink, Paneer, Milk cake, Dhoda barfi, prepared by College of Dairy Science & Technology and Meat patties, different types of Meat pickles Meat cutlets, Meat nuggets, Chicken Momos, Non veg fibre rich biscuits and sausages by the Department of Livestock Products Technology will be add on attraction in this mela. He said that we are not working only on value addition but our experiments are going on to develop health food with low fat and low sugar. This combination is health friendly, he added. University has made arrangements to create awareness about synthetic milk. Milk testing kit developed by College of dairy science and technology will be also available for consumers.
Dr. Verma revealed that the exhibition depicting latest interventions in the field of animal husbandry will also be very useful for the unemployed youth and marginal farmers of the state who are interested in setting up their own business in livestock sector with limited resource and finance. The financial institutes like banks, insurance agencies and experts of the University will provide them knowledge. The food processing machinery will also be on display in the Mela to educate the masses about the latest interventions involved in the preparation of hygienic, fast and good quality food products. It will be beneficial for a common man as well as an entrepreneur.
University publications containing information relating to livestock diseases, their remedial measures and information regarding training courses to set up new units in livestock will also be available. The Farmers may register their names for monthly magazine of university ‘Vigyanak Pashu Palan’.