Ludhiana: The Kisan Mela of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) held at the Regional Station, Gurdaspur today, witnessed a heavy footfall.
The theme of the Kisan Mela was “PAU Kheti Sifarshan Faslan Layi Vardan, Vigyanic Kheti Naal Hi Safal Hon Kirsan”. The Mela was inaugurated by S. Hardev Singh Riar, Member, Board of Management while Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice Chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana presided over the function. DrRajinder Singh Sidhu, Director Extension, PAU, Dr Major Singh Dhaliwal, Additional Director Research (Horticulture) and Dr G.S. Butter, Additional Director Extension Education were also present on the occasion.
In his inaugural address, H.S. Riar, greeted the gathering and said that the prime objective of such pastoral fairs is two-way interaction between the agricultural scientists and the farmers. Equating the kisan melas to knowledge-encapsulated events, he advocated a two-pronged strategy for ensuring a lucrative agricultural enterprise, viz., judicious expenditure and adoption of subsidiary ventures. Suicide is not the answer to adversity in agriculture, he said, adding that it should instead be faced with a renewed gusto to pursue scientific agriculture which would certainly prove fruitful. Towards the end, he lauded the role of PAU for the relentless efforts put in by its scientists for serving the farming community.
Delivering his presidential remarks, Dr B S Dhillon, congratulated the farmers on three counts. Firstly, he announced that permission had been granted by the State Government to start a KVK at Pathankot. Secondly, he applauded the farmers for adopting resource conservation technologies like laser land leveler, tensiometer, late sowing varieties of paddy, etc., in consonance with the dire need to conserve water for posterity and, such steps have already started bearing fruit. Thirdly, he praised astute fertilizer use by the farmers which had lead to DAP consumption worth Rs 600 crore lesser this year.
Dr Dhillon drew attention to the matchless symbiotic relationship between scientists and the farmers which these kisan melas have been able to establish over a period of time. Commending the farmers for their regular inputs, he said they aided in reprioritising as well as reorienting research at PAU. He suggested the farmers that the initial trials of new varieties be conducted on a small scale only and the results be shared with the scientists. In addition to citing crop diversification as the way forward, Dr Dhillon stated that subsidiary activities like beekeeping, cultivating fruits and vegetables would be conducive for economic sustainability. He further pointed out that mechanized farming and marketing facilitated by cooperatives could result in drastically low input and labour costs.
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