Friday, January 4, 2013


LUDHIANA, January 4:--

To gather feedback from extension specialists and field functionaries of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) operating in different Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs), Regional Stations and Farm Advisory Service Scheme (FASS) located in different agro-climatic zones of the state, a meeting was organized in the Farmers Service Centre in the Directorate of Extension Education of PAU, today.

"Farmers repose great confidence in PAU and are enthusiastic to take up technologies recommended by the University", said Dr M.S. Gill, the Director of Extension Education, while addressing the meeting in which the Director of Research, Dr S S Gosal, Additional Director of Research ( Natural Resource and Plant Health Management),Dr Jagtar Singh Dhiman, Additional Director Research ( Horticulture) Dr H. S. Dhaliwal, Additional Director Extension Education, Dr Harjit Singh Dhaliwal, Heads of various PAU departments, Associate Directors and Deputy Directors of KVKs among others, discussed feedbacks from various parts of the state and the needed strategies to enhance outreach to farmers for better technology transfer.

The Director of Research, Dr Gosal asked the wheat scientists of PAU to start surveying the wheat areas to record the incidence of yellow rust disease in Punjab adding that the previous year's efforts to take timely control measures led to enhanced productivity and production. He said that the poplar-wheat agro-forestry system also needs to be viewed from the angle of yellow rust development. He informed that cultivation of sugarbeet, on which PAU has conducted lot of research earlier, is being emphasized owing to the availability of sugar mills, adding that an interdisciplinary group has been constituted for sugarbeet research.

Dr. Gill elaborated that feedback from farmers and extension specialists brings out the ground reality of field conditions and helps in reprioritization of research and technology transfer programmes. He shared that the Directorates of Extension Education and Research would jointly work to find ways to enhance adoption of PAU technologies. He added that demonstrations on new farm technologies will be arranged at selected places in the state.

The Additional Director Research (NR&PHM), Dr Jagtar Singh Dhiman informed that PAU will organize trainings for technology demonstration and protected cultivation for its extension personnel of KVKs and Research Stations. He asked the scientists to formulate region-specific problem-solving research proposals in interdisciplinary mode for seeking funds.

The experts responded to queries/ feed back put forth by extension personals. The new feedbacks included the incidence of stona weevil in chickpea, suitable dose and application of herbicides for weed management in vegetable crops, protected cultivation of vegetable crops, likely impact of frost in raya, poor germination of pea in the crop rotation of tomato-paddy-pea, nursery raising for mechanical transplanting on custom hiring basis, etc.

\"A viable system for addressing feedback will be focused on,\" said Dr Gill adding that the regular discussion with extension specialists in different districts of Punjab prove useful in getting the feedback, passing it on to researchers and thereby addressing the field problems\". The farmer trainings on export-oriented marketing will be organized in the near future by PAU experts of economics and business management, informed Dr Gill. He elaborated that experts committees will be formulated to look into these and suggest the needed measures and strategies. The other points highlighted included agricultural diversification, exploring possibility of exporting muskmelon, zucchini, onion and other commodities to adjoining countries.

Dr. Dhaliwal said that the regular extension review exercise provides a useful occasion to weigh the existing programmes and approaches and to develop need-based programmes for better outreach to farmers. Specific suggestions for the working of different KVKs were also discussed.

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