Thursday, March 14, 2013



The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) is all decked up for the on-campus Kisan Mela on March 15 and 16. S. Gurcharan Singh Kalkat, Chairman, Punjab State Farmers' Commission, and former Vice-Chancellor of PAU, will inaugurate the mela at 10.30 a.m. Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, PAU Vice-Chancellor, will preside over the mela. On March 16, Dr J.S. Sandhu, Agricultural Commissioner, Government of India, New Delhi, will be the chief guest of the prize-distribution ceremony. The main objective of the theme of the mela "Ghar di sabzi-dal ugao: sihat banao, paise bachao (Grow vegetables and pulses in your household kitchen garden: Save money and Stay healthy)" is to improve the health and economic condition of the rural population.

The Vice-Chancellor, Dr B.S. Dhillon has urged the farmers to participate in the mela in big number as they are a great treasure of knowledge. The mela also offers great learning opportunities to the farm women, he said, adding that there are many activities such as handling of crop seeds, nurturing of home gardens, and awareness about nutritious pulses and vegetables, which will be of immense benefit to them. Referring to the farmers as scientists who conduct experiments in their fields, Dr Dhillon suggested that the stakeholders must give their valuable feedback which will help PAU scientists to reprioritize their research and extension programmes. He appealed to the farmers to participate in the mela alongwith their families and update their knowledge about the latest farm technologies. "Besides buying the new seeds of field crop varieties, do buy the vegetable seeds and nursery plants when you visit the mela," he said.

Dr S.S. Gosal, Director of Research, said that the PAU research aims at solving the farm problems of the farmers and generating technologies for crop production and protection. The newly recommended production and protection technologies will be demonstrated during the mela, he informed, adding that the seeds of newly recommended crop varieties for the current kharif season will also be available for the purchase.

Dr M.S. Gill, Director of Extension Education, highlighted that the major attractions of the mela will be the agro-industrial exhibition, soil and water testing, produce competitions, diagnosis of plant diseases, sale of farm literature and seeds, field demonstrations, question/answer session, interaction of farmers with experts on mela route, and the cultural programme. Dr Gill has called upon the farmers to visit the mela, and learn about new technologies in minimum possible time.

Dr H.S. Sehgal, Additional Director of Communication, said that the Centre for Communication and International Linkages (CCIL) will put up stalls of PAU publications at three different spots – near the main pavilion, Seed Distribution Centre, and outside the main building of CCIL.
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