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Two day Pau Kisan mela concludes

Farmers must realize value of water: AS Miglani

DP
Correspondent

Ludhiana: The two-day Kisan Mela concluded at Punjab
Agricultural University (PAU) today amidst enthusiastic participation of
farmers and farm women from Punjab and adjoining states. The campus was abuzz
with hectic activities concerning field demonstrations, farmers-scientists
interactions, technical session, sale of quality seeds and farm literature, and
cultural programme. The theme of the mela was “Process agricultural produce to
make farming more profitable.” Farmers made a beeline to purchase quality and
improved seeds, produced by PAU.

PAU Kisan Mela

In his concluding
remarks, A.S. Miglani, Secretary Personnel, Punjab and Mission Director,
Directorate of Ground Water Management, who was the chief guest, expressed
concern over water crisis being faced in Punjab. He divulged, “To produce one
kg of paddy, 4,000 litres of water is being used.” “Although State government
is providing free electricity and water, yet farmers must realize their value
and save these for future generations,” he observed. There is an urgent need to
adopt cultivation of alternative crops such as fruits, vegetables and flowers,
he stressed. Miglani also underlined the need for focusing on marketing
techniques to provide financial benefits to farmers. Congratulating PAU for
being decorated with the prestigious “Sardar Patel Outstanding ICAR Institution
Award,” he described Kisan Mela as “Heritage Mela” also.

PAU Kisan Mela

Presiding
over the mela, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, said: “With the
emerging agrarian challenges, the need of the hour is to reduce the cost of
cultivation, make judicious use of farm inputs, maintain farm accounts, and
grow fruits and vegetables for domestic consumption.” He called upon farmers to
focus on profit instead of yield. Dr Dhillon also emphasized on adopting
subsidiary occupations such as beekeeping, mushroom cultivation, dairy, poultry
etc. for reaping economic benefits. He disclosed that there has been 57 per
cent decrease in stubble burning in Punjab due to which the environmental
pollution has lessened.

PAU Kisan Mela

 Presenting the research highlights, Dr Navtej Bains, Director
of Research, PAU, stated, “Farmer’s experience, feedback and input is vital for
the success of agricultural research.” He informed about the characteristics of
the newly developed varieties ofbasmati, kharif maize,
summer moong, Napier Bajra and guava and fig. He also apprised the
farmers of the newly recommended production and protection technologies. 

PAU Kisan Mela

Earlier, Dr J.S. Mahal, Director of Extension Education,
welcomed the dignitaries and the participating farmers and the farm women. He
expressed, “Melas are the platform for the farmers to become aware of the new
technologies of agriculture.” He advised the farmers to remain in contact with
PAU experts through PAU Kisan Portal, Kisan App, digital newspaper – Kheti
Sandesh
 and farm literature and magazines –Changi Kheti and
Progressive Farming.

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