Thursday, March 17, 2011

10th Pashu Palan Mela Kicks off at GADVASU


Mela-a name synonyms with fun and frolic resound the bells of excitement with its advent. With the advent of various technologies and their ostentations, these hi-tech mela's are now a source of knowledge for the farmers. In the line of same Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana inaugurated its 10th Pashu Palan Mela on 17th March, 2011 with the theme "Pashu Dhan Hai Vardaan, Sohni Kamai ate Ghar di Shaan\" .

While inaugurating the Pashu Palan Mela Dr VK Taneja, Vice Chancellor GADVASU said that Centuries old livestock professions depict the long relation of human and animals. Animal's relation with human is as old as relation of human vs human. That is the very much reason which motivates man to take care of health, production and other related aspects of livestock in a scientific and modern way. GADVASU showcased all his research, education and extension programmes at the Pashu Palan mela for the benefit of livestock farmers. Taking place twice a year in March & September it brings with its zest & excitement. This two day event at the Mela ground of GADVASU provided a platform for farmers, scientist, extension worker, Dairy officers, Fodder & Fisheries officers, various veterinary pharmaceuticals and agribusiness firms and banking sectors for showing their experience and information about the latest knowledge, technologies and schemes which has come up in the livestock sector.

Dr KS Sandhu, Director of Extension Education revealed that large number of peoples showed their interest in taking up goat, pig and fishery farming and especially enquired about their training programmes. University publications on different subjects of livestock farming were also available. Different Departments of University provided useful literature to the farmers

Various departments of College of Vety Science put up their stall in the Mela and strived their best to transfer their valuable inputs and recommendations to the farmers. The excellent germplasm of the University in the farm of Cows, Buffaloes, Goats, Pigs, Poultry and Quails were demonstrated to the livestock farmers. A separate question answer session was held for the livestock farmers where the farmers' queries were addressed. The experts delivered talks on the various aspects of livestock, poultry and fish farming and the mechanism and procedures to overcome the common problems faced by them. Live demonstrations on the various aspects along with Mastitis Diagnosing kit, teat dip practice and acaricide drug application were also demonstrated to the farmers.

An earnest endeavour by the College of Fisheries Science was the stall having various carp fishes, ornamental fish, azolla & duckweed cultivation. People inquired about Fisheries profession, ornamental fish & saline water fisheries.

Likewise value added products of meat and milk like flavoured milk, lassi, ice-cream, nuggets, egg pickles. Meat pickles and patties are also displayed by the College of Dairy Science & Technology and Department of Livestock Product Technology.

Enormous number of livestock farmers visited the stall put up by the Animal Nutrition Department to purchase the mineral mixture and uromin lick prepared by the University which is sold at a very nominal rate to the farmers

All the leading Veterinary Pharmaceuticals like Intervet, Inter Pfizer, Natural Remedies, Altech, Provimi, Lutim, Dairy & livestock related equipments, feed related factories put their stalls in exhibition. The department like Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries of Punjab State put up their stalls in the Mela for demonstrating their activities. Different livestock associations established under the guidance of Veterinary University including Progressive Dairy Farmers Association, Punjab Piggery Farmers Association, Innovative Fish Farmers Association and Punjab Goat Farmers Association also put up their stalls for enrolling the members.

The Mela allures thousands of farmers from all the nook and corner of Punjab along with farmers from neighbouring state like Haryana, H.P., Jammu & Kashmir, Rajasthan, etc. Mela was attended by Director of CIPHET Dr.Patil, University Board Members, Officers, heads of departments, faculty, students and staff. The Pashu Palan Mela will be held for two days (17 and 18 March 2011)

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