The University of California in Davis, USA, has expressed keenness in working with state government in the fields of agriculture and horticulture.
This was stated by Haryana Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister O P Dhankar, who, along with a delegation of the Department, was visiting the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of California at Davis. He said that the University, which is among the top universities, was adopting small but effective techniques for
horticulture. These techniques could greatly benefit the farmers in India, where landholdings are small and farmers have limited resources, he added.
He said that cooling device could be constructed from ordinary bricks using the principle of a traditional ‘ghada’ to keep fruits and vegetables fresh and prevent spoilage. Similarly, cold room powered by solar energy would also benefit the farmers.
Plastic bags could be used to avoid the expense of overhead tank for drip irrigation, he added. The delegation, which included Members of Legislative Assembly (MLA), Nilokheri Bhagwan Dass Kabir Panthi and MLA, Safidon Jasbir Deswal, Additional Chief Secretary, Agriculture, V S Kundu, Director, Horticulture Arjun Singh Saini, Director, Animal Husbandry, Dr G S Jakhar and progressive farmer, Abhinav Baliyan, was welcomed by Associate Dean, International Programs Office, College of Agricultural and Environmental
Sciences, University of California, Dr Jan W Hopmans, and Horticulture Innovation Lab Program Officer, University of California, Prof Britta L Hansen.
Plastic bags can be used to avoid the expense of overhead tank for drip irrigation.
University was adopting small but effective techniques for horticulture.
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