Wednesday, November 23, 2011



A 3-week training programme on \"Enhancement of soil health for sustaining crop productivity and improving environmental quality\" began at Punjab Agricultural University, today. The training organized by Department of Soil Science under the aegis of Centre for Advanced Faculty training (CAFT) of the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR), New Delhi attracted twenty five scientists from ICAR institutes and State Agricultural Universities from all over the country.

Inaugurating the training, Dr. M.S.Gill, Director of Extension Education, highlighted the importance of maintaining soil health in improving the agricultural productivity, while conserving the environment. Stating that the efforts to produce more food for the over increasing population has led to the indiscriminate use of fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides and resulted in degradation of our natural resources. He further pointed out that the training will sensitize the scientists about the need of enhancing/conserving soil health and maintaining the environment for future generations.

Dr. U.S.Sadana, Head of the Department of Soil Science highlighted the contribution of Punjab State towards food grains to the central pool. He said that the scientists at PAU are constantly striving to develop new crop varieties and production technologies to increase farm yields and income.

Dr. O.P.Choudhary, Chief Coordinator informed that during the training resource persons from various national institutes as well as from PAU will be delving on issues related to soil health such as fertilizer management, crop residues and organic wastes, carbon sequestration, agroforestry, fertigation and irrigation water quality.
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