Saturday, September 22, 2012



A two-day Kisan Mela at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) witnessed enthusiastic participation of visiting farmers and farm women in various agri-competitions including crop produce and home science competitions. The chief guest, Dr R.P. Dua, Assistant Director General (FFC), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi, gave away the prizes to the winners. Dr Mangal Singh Sandhu, Director of Agriculture, Punjab, was the special guest while Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, presided over the prize-distribution function.

In the crop produce competition, first prize winners were: Nanak Singh of Mianpur (Ropar) for ladies finger; Balbir Singh of Dharamgarh (Fatehgarh Sahib) for bitter-gourd; Jaspal Singh of Sandhor (Sangrur) for chilies; Sukhwinder Singh of Dyalpura Bhaika (Bathinda) for ramtori; Nirmaljit Singh of Dyalpura Bhaika (Bathinda) for raddish; Hakam Singh of Slabatpura (Bathinda) for beans; Bhagwant Singh of Kalakh (Ludhiana) for ghiya kaddu (long and round gourd); Raghuraj Singh of Sangrur (Sangrur) for halwa kaddu (muskmelon); Baljinder Singh of Nagra (Sangrur) for brinjal; Devinder Singh of Mukutram Wala (Kapurthala) for guava; Gurwinder Kaur of Kulia (Kapurthala) for lemon; Satnam Singh of Aulakh (Faridkot) for grape fruit; Devinder Singh of Nakodar (Jalandhar) for papaya and Avtar Singh Bhullar of Amir Nagar (Sangrur) for maize.

Apart from this, special prizes were also awarded: Khushpreet Singh of Sandhor (Sangrur) for kharif onions; Manjit Singh Ghuman of Nagra (Sangrur) for arbi; Jagtar Singh of Dyalpura (Ludhiana) for onions; Gurpreet Singh of Bullpur (Kapurthala) for garlic; Tirath Singh of Sandhor (Sangrur) for chakotra; Gurpreet Shergill and Karamjit Singh of Majaal Khurd (Patiala) for rose.

The College of Home Science organized four competitions for rural women and the first prize winners were: Harashpreet Singh of Malwal Kadim (Ferozepur) for paper toys; Kashmeer Kaur of Vattu Bhatti (Ferozepur) for embroidery, Hardeep Kaur of Sawadi Kalan (Ludhiana) for eco-friendly bag decoration and Harkirandep Kaur of Threeke (Ludhiana) for nutritious pinni.

In the category of women entrepreneurs, Sarita Devi of Dibru (Pathankot) and Neha Sabharwal of Amritsar were adjudged first and second, respectively.

Various firms were awarded first prize for their display in the agro-industrial exhibition: M/s Mahindra and Mahindra Limited, Mumbai for tractors; M/s Standard Corporation India Limited, Barnala for combines and threshers; M/s Dashmesh Mechanical Works, Amargarh for tractor driven implements; M/s Speed Ways Tyres, Jalandhar for tyres and batteries, M/s Kalsi Metal Works Private Limited, Jalandhar for electric motors, engines and pumping sets; M/s Sharp Industries, Amritsar for tools and sprayers, M/s Jain Irrigation Systems Limited, Chandigarh for water saving tools/machines; M/s IFFCO Limited, Ludhiana for fertilizers; M/s Crystal Crop Protection Private Limited, New Delhi, for pesticides; M/s Solarium Solar Power Systems, Ludhiana, for home appliances; MARKFED, Ludhiana for agro-processed products and machinery and M/s Mehram Publications, Nabha for literature and service sector.

In the category of PAU stalls, Krishi Vigyan Kendras bagged first prize whereas Departments of Plant Pathology and Entomology clinched second and third prizes, respectively. For the field demonstrations, Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics stood first while Departments of Soil Science and Agronomy got second and third position, respectively. The districts Sangrur, Kapurthala and Amritsar stood first, second and third, respectively, in the category of "Naujawan Kisan Sanstha."
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