PUNJAB AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY
PUNJAB GOVERNOR TO INAUGURATE PAU’s KISAN MELA AT BATHINDA
LUDHIANA, MARCH 26:
The series of PAU Kisan Melas will conclude with the holding of the last Kisan Mela at its Regional Research Station, Bathinda, on March 27. The Governor of Punjab and Chancellor of PAU, Sh V.P. Singh Badnore will be the chief guest. Mr J.M. Balamurugan, Secretary to Governor of Punjab; Mr K.B. Singh, ADC to Governor of Punjab; Mr Diprava Lakra, Deputy Commissioner, Bathinda; Dr Mohan Paul Singh Ishar, Vice-Chancellor, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Technical University, Bathinda, and members of the Board of Management, PAU, will also grace the occasion. Through its theme, the mela will spread the message of curtailing farm expenses, using farm inputs judiciously, adopting auxiliary occupations and enhancing farm profits largely.
Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, said, “Kisan Melas, which were initiated in the year 1967 by PAU, play a vital role in dissemination of latest agricultural technologies to the farmers.”
Dr Navtej Bains, Director of Research, PAU, said the farmers’ fair will familiarize the farmers with the newly recommended/developed crop varieties and hybrids, production-protection and resource conservation technologies.
Dr J.S. Mahal, Director of Extension Education, PAU, said the participating farmers will be given an opportunity to discuss their agriculture related issues with the experts, learn about latest technologies, and purchase PAU farm literature and quality seeds of various crop varieties.
EGYPTIAN SCIENTISTS VISIT PAU
LUDHIANA, MARCH 26:
Two Egyptian scientists, namely Dr Ahmed Awny, Director, Central Laboratory for Agricultural Climate, Egypt, and Dr Mohamed Abdrabou, Professor, Central Laboratory for Agricultural Climate, Egypt, visited Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) under the Department of Science and Technology sponsored project. They interacted with the faculty and students of PAU, and also participated in the celebration of World Water Day which was jointly organized by the Department of Soil and Water Engineering, PAU, and the Punjab Chapter of Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers. Dr Ashok Kumar, Additional Director of Research, (Farm Mechanization and Bioenergy), PAU, was the chief guest, while Dr Ahmed Awny was the guest of honour.
The guest speaker, Dr Mohamed Abdrabou threw light on various activities of the Central Laboratory for Agricultural Climate and explained the importance of the laboratory in their country. He spoke at length about the applications of agro-meteorology in the field of agriculture.
Dr Ashok Kumar appreciated the informative talk by Dr Abdrabou and emphasized the importance of sharing of knowledge for water sustainable agriculture. He also lauded Dr Rakesh Sharda and Er Chetan Singla, the Indian partners of the project, for their efforts in organizing this event.
In his welcome remarks, Dr Rajan Aggarwal said the theme of the water day is ‘Nature for Water.’ The nature-based solutions have the potential to solve many of the water challenges, he observed. There is a need to do so much more with ‘green’ infrastructure and harmonize it with ‘grey’ infrastructure wherever possible, he added.
Later, Dr Rakesh Sharda proposed the vote of thanks. The scientists and students from different departments of PAU interacted with the guest speaker.
PAU EXPERTS HIGHLIGHT BENEFITS OF INM
LUDHIANA, MARCH 26:
The Department of Extension Education, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), organized an awareness campaign on “Integrated Nutrient Management (INM)” in the village Rampur, district Ludhiana, in which about 130 farmers participated. The campaign was held under the project “Farmers’ Livelihood Security and Environmental Sustainability through Integrated Nutrient Management (INM) in Punjab” funded by the Department of Science and Technology
Dr R.K. Gupta, Senior Soil Chemist, explained the benefits and components of INM. He also highlighted various PAU recommendations for Kharif crops.
Dr Manmeet Kaur, Assistant Professor of Extension Education, sensitized the farmers regarding this project and appealed to them to come forward to adopt INM.
Dr Lopamudra Mohapatra, Assistant Professor of Extension Education, said that INM not only reduces the cost of cultivation but also makes the agricultural system sustainable.
Dr Kamalpreet Kaur, Junior Research Fellow, Extension Education, welcomed the farmers, who sought solutions to the problems being faced by them.
ROLE OF INTEGRATED NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT DISCUSSED AT PAU
LUDHIANA, MARCH 26:
The Department of Extension Education, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), organized an awareness campaign on “Integrated Nutrient Management (INM)” in the village Behdariya- Kothi, Talwara of district Hoshiarpur under the project “Farmers’ Livelihood Security and Environmental Sustainability in Punjab” funded by the Department of Science and Technology. About 160 farmers participated in this campaign enthusiastically. This village has been adopted by the Regional Research Station (RRS), Ballowal Saunkhri, under Operational Research Project (ORP), AICRPDA, CRIDA since 2015.
Dr L. Mohapatra, Assistant Professor (Extension Education), sensitized the farmers regarding the sustainability of agricultural system. He appealed to them to get the soil tested and advised them regarding the treatment of maize with biofertilizer (Consortium, PAU recommended).
Dr Vivek Sharma, Soil Scientist, stressed on balanced fertilization and highlighted the benefits of organic and green manuring. He also emphasized on crop rotation with leguminous crops for maintaining soil health.
Experts from RRS, Ballowal Saunkhri, Dr Parminder Singh Sandhu and Dr Rakesh Sharma, shed light on the role of INM in maintaining sustainability and explained the use of economic threshold level (ETL) in avoiding overuse of pesticides.