Tuesday, November 15, 2011

PAU VC INAUGURATES NATIONAL TRAINING ON PRECISION FARMING LUDHIANA, NOVEMBER 14:----- A ten-day national training programme on “Enhancing the input application efficiency by using precision farm machines, remote and ground sensors” commenced here today. The training has been organized by the Department of Farm Machinery and Power Engineering (FMPE), Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), under the aegis of National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi. The programme involves the participation of twenty-two scientists/researchers from ICAR, State Agricultural Universities (SAUs) and Central Agricultural Universities (CAUs). Inaugurating the training programme, the chief guest Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, said that the in view of the increasing food demand and decreasing land availability, precision farming is vital. Stating that the precision farming has got a great scope, he said that the adoption of this technology can reduce input cost, enhance profit and increase production in the present agri-scenario. The PAU played a pivotal role in heralding the Green Revolution, highlighted Dr Dhillon. He added that the use of the innovative techniques of precision farming to produce more food will be ecologically, economically and socially beneficial. Addressing the participants, the PAU Director of Research, Dr S.S. Gosal, said that precision agriculture is essential to address food security and poverty alleviation in the country. Remarking that the demand for food will be 50 per cent higher by 2030 due to the rising population, Dr Gosal underlined the need for the efficient management of the natural resources. He told that the PAU is conducting various research projects in the area of precision farming and informed that the leaf colour chart (LCC) and tensiometer, developed by the university, are useful precision tools for saving nitrogen and water for the crops. The International Resource Person, Dr J.P. Fulton, Associate Professor, Department of Biosystems Engineering, Auburn University, USA, gave an overview of the precision agriculture adoption and practices in the US and the potential for the Indian agriculture. He emphasised that the precision farming technology is the future of the farmers for food security and production. Earlier, the Dean, College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology, Dr PPS Lubana, welcomed the dignitaries, delegates, heads and faculty of various departments of the PAU. He said that the thrust will be on educating researchers about precision farming concepts and on imparting hands-on training by testing actual precision farming system and instruction on controller operation and set-up. The Director of the National Training, Dr Manjeet Singh, told that the course will provide instructions on spectral, remote sensing and sensor based techniques. He informed that Drs Bijay Singh, ICAR National Professor, Department of Soil Science, PAU and Dr J.S. Mahal, Head FMPE, are the national resource persons for the training programme. Dr Mahal proposed the vote of thanks.

PAU VC INAUGURATES NATIONAL TRAINING ON PRECISION FARMING



LUDHIANA, NOVEMBER 14:-----



A ten-day national training programme on "Enhancing the input application efficiency by using precision farm machines, remote and ground sensors" commenced here today. The training has been organized by the Department of Farm Machinery and Power Engineering (FMPE), Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), under the aegis of National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi. The programme involves the participation of twenty-two scientists/researchers from ICAR, State Agricultural Universities (SAUs) and Central Agricultural Universities (CAUs).



Inaugurating the training programme, the chief guest Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, said that the in view of the increasing food demand and decreasing land availability, precision farming is vital. Stating that the precision farming has got a great scope, he said that the adoption of this technology can reduce input cost, enhance profit and increase production in the present agri-scenario. The PAU played a pivotal role in heralding the Green Revolution, highlighted Dr Dhillon. He added that the use of the innovative techniques of precision farming to produce more food will be ecologically, economically and socially beneficial.



Addressing the participants, the PAU Director of Research, Dr S.S. Gosal, said that precision agriculture is essential to address food security and poverty alleviation in the country. Remarking that the demand for food will be 50 per cent higher by 2030 due to the rising population, Dr Gosal underlined the need for the efficient management of the natural resources. He told that the PAU is conducting various research projects in the area of precision farming and informed that the leaf colour chart (LCC) and tensiometer, developed by the university, are useful precision tools for saving nitrogen and water for the crops.



The International Resource Person, Dr J.P. Fulton, Associate Professor, Department of Biosystems Engineering, Auburn University, USA, gave an overview of the precision agriculture adoption and practices in the US and the potential for the Indian agriculture. He emphasised that the precision farming technology is the future of the farmers for food security and production.



Earlier, the Dean, College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology, Dr PPS Lubana, welcomed the dignitaries, delegates, heads and faculty of various departments of the PAU. He said that the thrust will be on educating researchers about precision farming concepts and on imparting hands-on training by testing actual precision farming system and instruction on controller operation and set-up.

The Director of the National Training, Dr Manjeet Singh, told that the course will provide instructions on spectral, remote sensing and sensor based techniques. He informed that Drs Bijay Singh, ICAR National Professor, Department of Soil Science, PAU and Dr J.S. Mahal, Head FMPE, are the national resource persons for the training programme. Dr Mahal proposed the vote of thanks.
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