Ludhiana, August 30… The Punjab Agricultural University Vice Chancellor, Dr B.S. Dhillon, today led the pledge taking ceremony for development of the country as outlined by ‘ New Indian Manthan:Sankalp Se Siddhi’, programme envisioned by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi. Senior officers, Deans, Directors, faculty members and students of the university gathered at Dr Borlaug Wheat Auditorium to participate in the ‘New India’ pledge. In his presiding remarks, Dr Rajbir Singh Brar, ICAR, Zonal Project Director, hailed PM Modi’s dream of a new India by the year 2022. He mentioned that according to previous data, farmers’ income doubled in a span of 10 to 14 years but with the advent of ICT sector, this mission can be achieved in five years. Dr Rajbir urged the scientists, agricultural department and farmers to come together for ushering the new era. He also highlighted the seven point strategies, vis a vis, focus on irrigation with adequate resource building, increase production through various methods, strengthening post harvest infrastructure, food processing, e marketing, farmers loans, and subsidiary farming.
The Vice Chancellor, Dr B.S. Dhillon stressed the role of the department of Plant Breeding, School of Business Studies and Extension programmes towards doubling farmers’ income in five years. He stressed that the deficiency of the agricultural marketing system which includes the post harvest technological glitches needs to be plugged so that the high production levels of Punjab do not go waste. He also described the sankalp se siddhi programme as a golden opportunity for Punjab to save its water resources by introducing water sprinkler and water gun systems in addition to drip irrigation. Dr Dhillon is the Chairman of the committee that will look into the work being done on the potential strategies for doubling farmers income and in his closing remarks he said that the 2022 target, though challenging can be achieved if all of us come together towards working hard for it.
The programme concluded with Vote of Thanks by The Registrsr, Dr R.S. Sidhu.