PUNJAB AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY
PAU HOLDS FIRST KISAN MELA AT BALLOWAL SAUNKHRI
OPT FOR COOPERATIVE MARKETING AND MECHANIZATION: PAU VC TO FARMERS
LUDHIANA, MARCH 8:
The series of PAU Kisan Melas kicked off with the organization of first Kisan Mela at Punjab Agricultural University’s Regional Research Station, Ballowal Saunkhri (Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar), today. The mela was based on the theme “Sow PAU seeds, adopt subsidiary occupations, do efficient marketing and maintain farm records.” Heavy rush of farmers was seen at the mela, wherein farmers interacted with the experts, sought solutions to their farm queries, saw live demonstrations, and purchased quality seed, planting material and PAU farm publications. S. Bakhtawar Singh, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Nawanshaher, graced the occasion.
The Chief Guest, DrBaldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, called upon the visiting farmers to opt for hybrid seed production, use inputs as per need, go for soil testing, adopt subsidiary occupations (beekeeping, mushroom cultivation, food processing, etc.), focus on cooperative marketing and mechanization, and make use of fruit fly trap technology. The PAU has recently developed/released an early maturing rice variety PR126, he told, while asking the farmers to purchase quality seeds from PAU. The University is focusing on improving yield and profit of farmers, in view of agricultural challenges cropping up, he observed. Disclosing that girl students in big number are pursuing agricultural education at PAU, he stressed on introducing skills to empower more rural girls in agriculture.
Highlighting the research achievements of PAU, Dr Ashok Kumar, Director of Research, said, “The University is developing crop varieties requiring less water and fertilizer, tolerant to biotic and abiotic stresses, and give better yield.” Recently, PAU has developed/released new varieties namely Punjab Basmati 4 and Punjab Basmati 5 of basmati; and CoPb 92, CoPb 93 and CoPb 94 of sugarcane, he informed. Dr Kumar also referred to newly recommended production-protection technologies for various crops.
Earlier, Dr R.S. Sidhu, Director of Extension Education, PAU, welcomed the dignitaries and the participating farmers and farm women. He said the University aims at resolving the issues of the farmers of Kandi region by devising its research programmes. He remarked, “These melas are successful with the active participation of the farmers.”
Dr Manmohanjit Singh, Director, Regional Research Station, Ballowal Saunkhri, while proposingthe vote of thanks, shed light on the activities of RRS, Ballowal Saunkhri and new crop varieties, released by PAU.
TheSarpanch of Kullar village, MrPrem Chand said they have long association with this research centre, which has played an important role in enhancing production in Kandi region. He apprised the experts of the major problem being faced by the farmers of this region which includes animal damage to crops. He suggested the experts to impart training to rural youth in setting up of small agri-enterprises for their economic growth.
On the occasion, more than 80 stalls were put up by various departments of PAU. Farmers, standing in long queue, purchased improved seeds of various crops. The students of Gursewa College of Nursing, Panam, enacted a play to mark International Women’s Day on March 8. Later on, self-help groups and students were felicitated by PAU VC.