Ludhiana, September 12, 2017: In continuation of the sequence of Kisan Divas, PAU held a Kisan Divas at Regional Research Station, Faridkot on Tuesday. The Chief Guest of the occasion was Sh.Amardeep Singh Cheema, member, Board of Management, PAU. The function was presided over by the Vice Chancellor of PAU, Dr B S Dhillon. Dr G S Butter, Additional Director (Extension Education), Dr N S Bains, Director of Research, PAU, Dr Pankaj Rathore, Director, PAU RRS, Faridkot also graced the occasion. The Divas witnessed heavy footfall with people from all walks of life actively participating in the fervour. The theme of the Divas was “Stop Burning Paddy straw, Save environment”. The Divas also exhorted the social message of “Shun big fat weddings to reduce stress and debt”.

Commencing the programme, Dr G S Butter, Additional Director (Extension Education) welcomed the guests and presented his introductory remarks on the Divas. He said, “Kisan Divas acts as a befitting platform for interaction with farmers and for extending the research developments of PAU to them. While addressing the ensemble of farmers, he urged them not to burn paddy straw and instead use it effectively to produce high quality manure. He also requested the farmers to regularly visit KVKs for trainings in latest technologies and for gathering information about newly launched varieties.”

Dr N S Bains, Director of Research, PAU applauded the tireless work of RSS, Faridkot since its inception in 1970. “He informed the farmers about the recently launched varieties of wheat, vegetables, fruits and flowers. He further pointed out that in the post green revolution era, Punjab is facing new challenges. He advised the farmers to opt for hybrid seed production, to supplement farm income by adoption of auxiliary occupations, and to use inputs judiciously. He exhorted the farmers to purchase quality seeds from the University and to seek its guidance regarding good varieties.”

Dr B S Dhillon in his presidential remarks stated, “He stressed on the farmers to not indulge in paddy straw burning and instead adopt its management technologies He elaborated that agricultural crisis of the modern times is due to escalation of cost of production, and a comparatively low MSP. He also highlighted how the disintegration of the traditional Punjabi values like contentment, discipline, hard work and disintegration of the joint family system were some reasons that have led to a decrease in life coping skills among adults and children alike. He gave a call to the farmers of Punjab to shun big, fat social gatherings and instead propagate the culture of simplicity.” Sh. Amardeep Singh Cheema, Chief Guest in his address greeted the gathering and exhorted, “The government is bent upon to change the face of agriculture in Punjab. Further, he urged the farmers to focus on decreasing the cost of inputs. In addition, he advised them to save water if they want to save Punjab’s agriculture. He also appealed to the farmers to reinstore their faith in the policies of the government and in the research advisories regularly issued by the university.”

To cater to the farm related queries of the farmers, PAU experst interacted with the gathering in a technical session. Dr Naresh Chhuneja, Research Engineer, Dept. of FM & PE talked about “Efficient use of farm machinery and safety measures”; Dr Khushwinder Singh Brar, Senior Extension Specialist, Dept. of Plant Breeding and Genetics expressed his views on “Improved varieties of rabi crops”; Dr Ajmer Singh Brar, Senior Agronomist, Dept. of Agronomy talked about “Agronomic practices for rabi crops”; Dr Virender Pal Singh, Senior Soil Chemist, Dept. of Soil Science gave his expert comments on “Fertilizer requirements of rabi crops and efficient use of brackish water”; Dr. Parampal Singh, Professor Horticulture, Dept. of Fruit Science, expertly commented on “Plantation and management of orchards suitable for South-western region of Punjab”; Dr Amarjit Singh Sandhu, DES (SM), FASC Bathinda communicated about “Successful cultivation of vegetables”; Dr. Amarjit Singh, Senior Extension Specialist, Dept. of Plant Pathology comprehensively stated the “Diseases of rabi crops and their management”; Dr Naveen Aggarwal, Senior Insect Ecologist, Dept. of Entomology efficiently explicated about “Insect-pests of rabi crops and their management”.

Several stalls with exhibits as diverse as implements, improved seeds, solar energy, farm literature, etc., were put up at the divas. The Chief Guest was honoured by Dr B S Dhillon, Vice Chancellor, PAU with a memento and shawl.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017