Monday, March 14, 2011



The preparations are afoot for Kisan Mela to be held on March 17-18 at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) campus. To be inaugurated by the chief guest Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, Chairman, Punjab Mandi Board, on March 17 at 10.30 a.m., the theme of the mela will be 'Adopt agricultural innovations for better standard of living.' Dr Manjit Singh Kang, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, will preside over the mela.

Dr Kang has called upon the farmers, farm women and rural youth to participate in the large number in Kisan mela. He added that PAU has close relationship with the farmers who repose full faith in university experts and the latest techniques designed by them.

Giving details, Dr M.S.Gill, Director of Extension Education, PAU, informed that four innovative and progressive farmers namely Iqbal Singh Sidhu and Gurpreet Singh Shergill (in horticulture) and Surinder Kumar Ahuja and Surjit Singh Chaggar (in agriculture) will be honoured with 'Chief Minister's Award' on this occasion. The highlights of mela include agro-industrial exhibition, which will showcase farm implements and other allied agricultural aspects. The dignitaries will go round the stalls of different departments of PAU and demonstration plots of various crops, machinery and farm technologies. The scientists of PAU will guide the farming community about the new innovations, techniques and technologies for the Kharif crop. The other important feature of the mela will be question-answer session in which the farmers will seek clarifications from the university experts for their farm problems.

Dr Gill added that a crop produce competition for vegetables, fruits, flowers and field crops will be organized at PAU Kisan Mela. He further informed that the samples of the produce will be received at the stall provided for produce competition near Kairon Kisan Ghar on March 17 till 11.30 am. The undersize sample of any produce will be rejected. Elaborating, he said that besides the competition of the recommended varieties of vegetables including, potato, onion, green onion, green garlic, carrot, brinjal, radish, turnip, tomato, peas, chappan kaddu, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumber, green chillies, sweet pepper, and other seasonal vegetables, the competition will also be held of other crops such as sugarcane (recommended), shakker, gur, turmeric etc. Dr Gill added that competition will also be organized in fruits and floriculture comprising ber, lemon, guava, kinnow, papaya and other seasonal fruit. Among the floriculture, samples of gladiolus, rose, marigold, gerbera, carnation and other flowers will be received.

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