Ludhiana: A two-day Kisan Mela concluded at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) on a happy note. Heavy rush of farmers and rural women was seen on the campus, which was abuzz with different activities such as field demonstrations for dissemination of farm technologies, question-answer session for addressing the queries of the visiting farmers, sale of University farm literature, and purchase of improved seeds and other planting material.
In his concluding remarks, the Chief Guest, Dr S.S. Siwach, Director of Research, Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar called upon the farmers to learn about new farm innovations from these melas.
In his presidential remarks, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU lauded the farmers for reducing the use of fertilizers and water. He disclosed, “The usage of fertilizer Diammonium phosphate (DAP) has decreased upto Rs 600 crore and the depleted water table has risen from 95 to 55 cm in 2014-15.”
Dr R.K. Gumber, Director of Research, informed about the salient features of newly developed crop varieties namely PBW 725 of wheat, Punjab Celery 1 of celery and PC 6 of Africansarson.
Earlier, Dr R.S. Sidhu, Director of Extension Education, welcomed the dignitaries, farmers, rural women and the prize winners. He stated, “After much toil and sweat, PAU makes recommendations to the farmers.” “Reap benefits from the training programmes conducted at 18 Krishi Vigyan Kendras of Punjab,” he told the farmers. Dr Sidhu also advised them to read PAU farm publications for updating knowledge and using scientific techniques.
Dr P.S. Aulakh, Additional Director of Extension Education, proposed the vote of thanks. On the occasion, the chief guest released a set of PAU publications and samples of new crop varieties.
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