Training Course on Fruit & Vegetable Production Techniques
Ludhiana: At the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), a three-day training course concluded. This training course is basically on “Latest Production, Protection and Post-Harvest Techniques for Fruit and Vegetable Crops”. This course held under the guidance of Dr R.S. Sidhu, Director of Extension Education. The horticulture development officers, scientists from Krishi Vigyan Kendras and district extension specialists attended the course.
The current scenario and future prospects of fruit cultivation in Punjab are highlighted by the fruit science experts. Also they educated the trainees about management practices, high density planting and crop regulation in citrus; nursery production in fruit crops; and latest production technologies of mango, guava, litchi, pomegranate, phalsa, sapota, loquat, etc.
Experts also informed about harvesting, post-harvest handling and marketing of citrus fruits; technology for sugar based fruit and vegetable products; processing and preservation of seasonal fruits and vegetables for value addition; scope of banana in Punjab; and management practices for control of insects-pests and diseases in fruit crops.
The vegetable science experts highlighted the scope of vegetable cultivation in Punjab; and dwelt on healthy nursery production and cultivation of vegetables under low tunnels; technology for hybrid seed production, processing and storage of vegetable seeds.
Besides this, vegetable science experts shed light on production and post-harvest techniques in brinjal, onion, chili, cauliflower, tomato and bell pepper; and production and post-harvest handling of pea, muskmelon, potato, bottle gourd, okra and garlic. Dr T.S. Riar and Dr Kulvir Kaur are the experts who coordinated the course and it was technically coordinated by Dr J.S. Brar and Dr Ruma Devi.
Source:Punjab Agricultural University (PAU)