Friday, August 31, 2012



The first in the series of seven Regional Kisan Melas of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) will be held on September 5 at Regional Research Station for Kandi Area (RRSKA), Ballowal Saunkhri, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar. The mela with a focus on the theme "Pawan Guru Pani Pita, Mata Dharat Mahatt (Conservation of air, water and soil health)," will be inaugurated by the chief guest, Dr Amarjit Singh Khaira, former Vice-Chancellor, PAU at 10.30 a.m. and presided over by Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, present Vice-Chancellor, PAU. The Deputy Commissioner of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Smt. Tanu Kashyap, will highlight the district development plans with special reference to farmers of Kandi area.

Giving programme details, Dr M.S. Gill, Director of Extension Education, said that the farmers' fair will provide an opportunity to the participating farmers and farm women of the Kandi area to equip themselves with scientific know-how for scientific farming. Besides, an exhibition, showcasing latest farm techniques and technologies, relevant to Kandi region, will also put up to update the knowledge of the farmers about innovative-agri-practices, he told. Informing that the technical session will begin at 11.30 a.m, Dr Gill said that the PAU experts will shed light on the improved varieties of different crops for Kandi area, role and importance of farm literature, management of crop pests and diseases and scope of horticulture, agro-horticulture, forestry and agro-forestry in Kandi area. In addition to livestock management, the farm scientists will dwell upon vegetable production and crop production technology with particular reference to Kandi region and home science management and nutrition, he said, adding that the experts will respond to all the queries of the farmers during the interactive session.The Ballowal Saunkhri Kisan Mela will be followed by that at Faridkot (September 7), Gurdaspur (September 11), Rauni-Patiala (September 14), Usman-Amritsar (September 25), Bathinda (September 27) in addition to the two-day Kisan Mela at PAU Campus, Ludhiana on September 21-22.

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