Saturday, March 19, 2011



Various competitions based on agriculture were held for the participating farmers and farm women during the two-day PAU Kisan Mela. A crop produce competition for vegetables, fruits, flowers and field crops was organized on the eve of PAU Kisan Mela. Farmers from Sangrur won first and second prizes in banana, cucumber, radish, sugarcane, mushroom, brinjal, shimla mirch (capsicum), haldi (turmeric), peas and tomato while first and second prizes in cauliflower, milk products, guava, haldi, chapan kaddu, radish, peas, sugarcane, tomato, carrot and brinjal were bagged by farmers from Bathinda. Farmers hailing from Ferozepur, Ropar, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Muktsar, Moga, Faridkot, Patiala, Hoshiarpur, Mansa and Fatehgarh Sahib got first and second prizes in shakkar, garlic, marigold, papaya, gladiolus, kinnow, lemon, gur, cabbage, gerbera, carrot, rose, marigold, potato, ber, organic lentil, rose, cauliflower, green onion, guava and bil whereas Kapurthala farmers won prizes in gur, turnip, potato, shimla mirch, honey, green onion, papaya and lemon.

On the spot competitions were held in the College of Home Science. In sewian making, Geet Pardas Kaur won first prize followed by Narinder Kaur and Gurmeet Kaur, who stood second and third. In collage making, Ninderjit Kaur bagged first prize while Gursimran Kaur and Jashanvir Singh were awarded second and third prize. Kamaljit Kaur, Namita and Amandeep Kaur clinched first, second and third prize in paper bag making while Parkesh Kaur, Charnjit Kaur and Kulwinder Kaur got first, second and third prize in embroidery respectively.

Farm Advisory Service Scheme (FASS), Bathinda, and Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Goniana (Muktsar) clinched first and second prize in the sale of PAU Farm Literature.

The Kisan mela also saw active participation in the competition organized in different areas of agriculture. In the category of agro processed products and machinery, MARKFED and Gill & Co. Village Babarpur, Ludhiana, stood first and second whereas IFFCO and NFL won first and second prize in fertilizers. Garg Sons and Kalsi Metal Works were ranked first and second in electric motor, engines and pumping system while Falcon Industries and Pye Tools got first and second position. In the category of water saving tools/machines, Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd. And Netafim won first and second prize while Bayer Crop Science Ltd., Chandigarh and Coromandel Agrico Pvt. Ltd, Ludhiana, stood first and second in pesticides. New Holland, Noida, was ranked first in tractors followed by Escorts Tractor Co. Pvt. Ltd. Faridabad and John Deere, Pune, bagging second and third position. Preet Combines, Nabha, and Class Combines, Faridabad, won first and second prize in the category of combines and threshers. Falcon Garden Tools, Ludhiana and Speedways Rubber Company, Jalandhar, got first and second position in gardens tools, tyres and batteries while Yogi Cuttlery, Jalandhar and Gobar Gas Co., Rajpura were ranked first and second in home appliances. In the category of tractors operated implements, Dashmesh Mechanical Works, Amargarh, and Kubota Agricultural Machinery, Chennai, stood first and second whereas in Farm literature, Mehram Publications, Nabha, and Kheti Duniya, Patiala, clinched first and second prize.

The winning entries were awarded certificates and trophies by the Chief Guest, Dr. Manjit Singh Kang, Vice-Chancellor, PAU and the guest of honour, Dr. Kashchandra G. Raghothama, Associate Director, International Programmes in Agriculture at Purdue University, USA. Dr. Kang while congratulating the winners said that other farmers will derive inspiration from them.
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