PUNJAB AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY
WORKSHOP ON VEGETABLES AND FLORICULTURE BEGINS AT PAU
CULTIVATION OF HORTICULTURAL CROPS BENEFICIAL: PAU VC
LUDHIANA, MAY 31:
The cultivation of fruits, vegetables and flowers plays an important role in crop diversification, employment generation, income enhancement and export. This was stated by Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), while inaugurating the two-day “Research and Extension Specialists’ Workshop for Vegetables, Floriculture and Sericulture along with Post-harvest Management, Farm Power and Machinery, Food Technology and Agricultural Economics” at PAU today. The officials from the State Department of Horticulture; district extension specialists; scientists from Krishi Vigyan Kendras and Farm Advisory Service Centres; and University deans, directors and faculty attended the inaugural session.
In his address, the Chief Guest, Dr Dhillon said, “Production and protection are important for need based input.” To promote processing, he stressed on maintaining quality and making farmers aware of its economics. Dr Dhillon also urged the scientists to strengthen research on sericulture and called upon the extension functionaries to promote cooperative marketing and mechanization among vegetable growers. “PAU has exemplary linkages with the farmers and the lined departments,” he remarked.
Dr P.S. Aulakh, Director of Horticulture, Punjab, spoke on the targets, production and problems in growing of vegetables and floriculture crops. He said, “Post-harvest management is a burning issue at present.” He also expressed concern over the nematode problem in the poly house. Stressing on making farmers aware of the economics of net/poly houses, he observed, “Protected cultivation is being promoted to give financial benefits to them (farmers).” He also emphasized on promoting the use of biofertilizers in vegetables, developing new varieties of marigold, developing potato varieties suitable for processing, evolving hi-tech machinery for chopping vegetables, promoting mushroom cultivation and fortifying research on sericulture.
Dr Navtej Bains, Director of Research, PAU, while presenting the salient findings of research, disclosed that the newly developed PAU varieties including MH 51 of muskmelon, PBHL 52 of brinjal, Punjab Sona Cherry and Punjab Kesar Cherry of tomato, POL 6 of okra, PBOG 7 of bottlegourd, Punjab Jhaar Karela 1 of bittergourd, Punjab Sunaina and Punjab Neelma of Pansy, and Punjab Gainda No. 1 of gainda are subject to the approval of State Variety Approval Committee. He also referred to various production-protection technologies. He observed, “Horticultural crops play a key role in well-being of mind and body.”
Dr S.S. Kukal, Dean, College of Agriculture, while welcoming the dignitaries and the participants, said participation in this workshop is vital to reprioritize the research programmes of the University.
Dr G.S. Buttar, Additional Director of Extension Education, said the workshop would go a long way in devising the research programmes by receiving feedback from the extension functionaries. Later, he proposed the vote of thanks.
On the occasion, two calendars on ‘Fruit Plants’ and ‘Seasonal Flowers’ were released by PAU VC. An exhibition, highlighting new varieties of horticultural crops and their production-protection technologies, was also put up by different departments of PAU.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Caption:· Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, releasing a calendar on fruit plants.He is flanked by Dr P.S. Aulakh, Director of Horticulture, Punjab and senior officials of the University.· Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, releasing a calendar on seasonal flowers.He is flanked by Dr P.S. Aulakh, Director of Horticulture, Punjab and senior officials of the University.· Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, and Dr P.S. Aulakh, Director of Horticulture, Punjab seeing fruit crops at the workshop.· Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, addressing the extension functionaries at the workshop.