PUNJAB AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY
FIELD AND COMPUTING STAFF GETS TRAINING AT PAU
LUDHIANA, APRIL 3:
The Department of Economics and Sociology, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), organized a one-day training programme on “Comprehensive Scheme for Studying the Cost of Cultivation of Principal Crops in Punjab” for the field and computing staff. About 30 field men posted in different districts of the state and three computering assistants attended this training. This prestigious scheme is being run by the Department of Economics and Sociology since 1970. Under this, the data is collected for major crops like wheat, paddy, cotton and maize from a sample of 300 farmers by cost accounting method.
Dr Jasdev Singh, Senior Farm Economist and Field Officer of the scheme, outlined the work status of the scheme along with targets and achievements.
Dr Sukhpal Singh, Head, Department of Economics and Sociology, and Director of the scheme, highlighted the importance of the scheme. He told the estimates of the cost of cultivation/production for wheat and paddy, developed from the data sent by PAU centre, are used by the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) for recommending Minimum Support Price (MSP) of these crops to the Government of India.
Dr G.S. Romana, Senior Farm Economist, said the work of PAU Centre is widely acclaimed by the Directorate of Economics and Statistics, Government of India, for maintaining accuracy and timeliness in supply of data. He appreciated the work of field staff in collecting the extensive information regarding costs and returns of crops accurately.
Dr Jatinder Sachdeva and Dr Baljinder Kaur handled the training sessions and imparted the training of new FARMAP 2.0 data entry software. Later, Dr Sangeet proposed the vote of thanks.