PAU Holds Kisan Mela at Gurdaspur.
The Kisan Mela held at the Regional Station, Gurdaspur by Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) on 15th March 2017 and at this mela a large inflow of farmers was witnessed. “Sow PAU seeds, adopt subsidiary occupations, do efficient marketing, maintain farm records” was the theme of the Kisan Mela.
The Mela was graced with more than 100 stalls with exhibits as diverse as implements, improved seeds, solar energy, farm literature, etc. The Mela was presided over by Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice Chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. On the occasion, Dr Rajinder Singh Sidhu, Director Extension, PAU, Dr Ashok Kumar, Director Research, Dr Sarabjit Singh, Additional Director (Research), Dr P S Aulakh,Additional Director (Extension Education) and Dr G.S. Butter, Additional Director (Extension Education) were also present.
Dr. R.S. Sidhu, Director Extension while greeting the gathering in his welcome address and also highlighted the poignant role of Kisan Melas in ensuring a regular interaction between the agriculture scientists and the farmers.
He urged the farmers to regularly access the extension services of PAU, so that their problems are readily addressed and PAU is duty-bound to ameliorate the problems of the farmers of Punjab. The Regional Research Centre at Gurdaspur as one the biggest Regional Research Centre of PAU.
Dr B.S. Dhillon, urged the farmers to judiciously use the agricultural inputs, in the right amount and in the right manner. He asserted the judicious use of fertilizer and water resources, along with regular soil testing and restricted use of pesticides for increasing the production of the crop and for envisioning a profit for framers. He advised the farmers to adopt resource conservation technologies like laser land leveller, tension meter, late sowing varieties of paddy, etc., in consonance with the dire need to conserve water for posterity.
Dr Ashok Kumar, Director of Research, PAU, elaborated upon several new varieties of seeds released by the university. Informing about improved technologies, he highlighted the use of cling film in packaging for increasing shelf life of vegetables, pouch packaging for tomato juice, precision farming.
Later, Dr. Ram Sakal Singh, Director, Regional Research Station, Gurdaspur proposed the vote of thanks to the gathering. The students of Institute of Agriculture, Gurdaspur enthralled the audience with a bhangra performance.