BANGALORE AGRI VARSITY SCIENTISTS DISCUSS AGRICULTUAL PRODUCTION WITH PAU EXPERTS
Ludhiana, January 18… The Director of Research, University of Agriculture, Bangalore, Dr N.R. Gangadarappa along with Assistant Director and Joint Director of Agriculture, T. Shiva Kumar and A. Ramadas are on a three day visit to the university to discuss the process, facilitators and other factors responsible for increasing agricultural production, productivity and farm income in Punjab.
While interacting with the PAU Deans, Directors and Heads of various departments, Dr Gangadarappa briefed on the drought like situation and varying agro climatic conditions in Karnataka leading to decreased crop productivity in the state. He sought opinion of university experts to help increase crop productivity and work towards farmer and scientist exchange programmes for mutual benefit.
Dr R.S. Sidhu, Director, Extension Education and convener of the meeting outlined PAU’S efforts in successful management of white fly and yellow rust. He also briefed about the success of the laser land leveling system in the state, leading to better management of water resources. In his presiding remarks, Dr M.S. Gill gave credit to the university’s well planned research activities and continuous development of new technologies that have led to increased agricultural productivity in the state. A presentation highlighting PAU’s research and extension activities was given by Dr Saravjeet Singh, Additional Director of Research. Heads of the departments of Plant Breeding, Biotechnology, Food Science and Technology, Soil Science, Entomology, Plant Pathology, Vegetable Science, Farm Power and Machinery shed light on the strategies being adopted by them to increase yield, combat diseases and pests, save water and fertilizers, increase mechanization for improving overall productivity in agriculture. Progressive farmers and farm women from various parts of the state were also present at the meeting.
Later, Dr R.S. Sidhu presented a set each of PAU publications to the visiting scientists.