Ludhiana: The preparations are afoot at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) for the upcoming two-day Kisan Mela at Ludhiana on September 22 and 23. The theme of the mela is ‘PAU kheti sifarshan, faslan lai vardan, vigyanik kheti naal hi, safal hon kirsan (PAU farm recommendations, a blessing for crops; with scientific farming, farmers reach the top)’.
Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU has called upon the farming community to participate with full vigour in this mela, which aims at apprising the farmers and the rural women of advanced agricultural technologies and household management activities. “There is a strong bond between the scientist and the farmer, who has reposed immense faith in PAU developed crop varieties and technologies,” he stated. Referring to Kisan Mela, Dr Dhillon said, “Under one roof, the participating farmers and the rural women can interact with the experts, share their agricultural issues, see live demonstrations, participate in crop produce and home science competitions, participate in question-answer session, purchase quality seeds and farm literature, and learn about allied agriculture enterprises for good profitability.”
Dr R.K. Gumber, Director of Research, PAU said, “To address various agricultural issues, the University is developing multi-pronged strategies based on improved varieties, production-protection technologies, conservation agriculture techniques and farm mechanization.” Many newly developed crop varieties and farm technologies would be showcased at the Kisan Mela, he told. Dr Gumber appealed to the farmers to participate with full enthusiasm in this farmers’ fair.
Dr R.S. Sidhu, Director of Extension Education, said that field demonstrations on new varieties along with their production-protection technologies would be organized for the farmers. Besides, an elaborate exhibition of improved varieties of cereal crops, vegetables, fruits and flowers; water and soil health management; weed control; insect-pest and disease control; bee-keeping; mushroom cultivation; protected cultivation; and improved methods of irrigation would be put up to enhance the knowledge of the farmers, he added. The major attraction would be an agro-industrial exhibition where machinery manufacturers would display their latest models, he said. Dr Sidhu further told that progressive farmers from various parts of Punjab would be honoured on the first day of Kisan Mela for excellence in agriculture and horticulture.
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