Tuesday, February 5, 2013



A three-day training course on "Efficient Use of Farm Inputs, Machinery and Agro-Service Centers," organized for the Secretaries of Primary Agricultural Cooperative Societies (PACS), began today at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). Meanwhile, another five-day training course on "Production, Marketing and Post-Harvest Management of Fruits, Vegetables and Flower Crops," has also been organized for the farmers of Jammu and Kashmir. The Directorate of Extension Education of PAU is conducting and coordinating both the training courses. The training course for J&K farmers on the same subject will also be held from February 18-22, 2013.

Dr M.S. Gill, Director of Extension Education, said that the PAU experts will speak on the emerging role of cooperative societies in custom hiring of machinery in Punjab, various types of mechanical paddy trasnplanters, machinery for natural resource conservation, scope of floriculture, landscaping and fruit and vegetable cultivation. Besides, the farm experts will apprise the trainees of precision farming techniques in horticulture and floriculture, cultivation of garlic and peas, flower production of chrysanthemum, management and latest production technologies of mango and litchi, techniques to enhance fertilizer use efficiency and weed management.

The Course Coordinators of training programme on "Efficient Use of Farm Inputs, Machinery and Agro-Service Centres," Dr H.S. Bajwa and Dr (Mrs) Ritu Gupta informed that apart from educating the trainees about efficient management of cooperative societies, the experts will highlight the role of self-help groups and home science in agriculture and rural development. For practical exposure, field visits will also be organized and all the queries of the trainees will be responded by the agriculture experts during question/answer session, they added.

Dr T.S. Riar and Dr (Mrs) Rupinder Kaur, Course Coordinators of the training programme on "Post-Harvest Management of Horticultural Crops," said that the participants will be educated about entrepreneurship development, flower seed production of annuals, disease management of ornamental plants, cultivation of capsicum and tomato in net and poly houses, and management practices, high density planting and crop regulation in citrus.

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