TWO DAY TRAINING PROGRAMME ON
RAPESEED MUSTARD ORGANISED AT PAU
Ludhiana, February 27…
A two day training programme on “Improving productivity of rapeseed-mustard in Punjab through eco-friendly and cost effective technologies” was conducted by the Oilseeds Section, Department of Plant Breeding PAU Ludhiana from Feb 26-27, 2018. This programme was funded by the Directorate of Cooperation and Farmers’ Welfare, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare through Directorate of Rapeseed-Mustard Research, Bharatpur for capacity building of extension workers. Twenty officers of the State Department of Agriculture, Punjab representing 10 districts participated in the training programme.
Oilseeds Incharge and Course Co-ordinator Dr Surinder Sandhu appraised the rapeseed -mustard varieties released by PAU, productivity and health benefits of canola variety GSC-7 and urged the extension officers to make concerted efforts towards filling the adoption gaps for improving productivity, keeping in view the high production potential of PAU bred varieties. A crop calendar was released at the training. Dr V S Sohu, Incharge, Wheat Section, in his welcome address expressed that this training programme is a good initiative to discuss various issues pertaining of cultivation of rapeseed-mustard.
ICAR National Professor Dr S S Banga, in his keynote address, discussed the scenario of oilseeds in the country vis-a-vis in Punjab, and stressed upon the political will required for diversification and suggested the roadmap for diversification of existing cropping systems through rapeseed-mustard.
Dr G S Buttar, Additional Director of Extension Education, PAU emphasised the need to increase area under oilseed especially canola rapeseed-mustard to meet the growing demand of vegetable oil and to save water. Presentation on improved varieties, remunerative cropping systems, cost effective production technologies, integrated disease management, quality of oil and seed meal were delivered by the scientists of respective disciplines of Oilseeds Section. Dr Poonam Aggrawal Sachdev. Head Department of Food Science and Technology narrated the nutritive benefits of rapeseed-mustard and shared the technology of value addition of rapeseed-mustard leaves and apprised the participants about facilities available in the Incubation Centre of department for processing, preservation and canning etc for fruits and vegetables. Dr Gagan Jyot Kaur, Asstt Agri Enginner explained the processing methods of high quality oil and about installation of oil expellers. Participants shared their views about the performance of varieties and technologies developed by PAU and raised the issue of supply of minikits by the department of the varieties of oilseeds other than those recommended by PAU and ATARI for demonstration in the state.