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Awareness on IRM strategies through streetplays
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 7
The PAU will implement insecticide resistance management (IRM) against cotton pest to boost the cotton production in the state. This entails creating awareness about the latest advancements in growing the crop through streetplays. A team from the varsity won the first prize at a streetplay contest organised from 10 cotton-growing states by the Ministry of Agriculture and Department of International Development (DFID), UK, at CICR, Nagpur, on June 24-26, 2004.

The PAU team led by Dr A K Dhawan, State Coordinator, IRM project, presented a streetplay entitled ‘Sambal Samaj Kar Hee Keet Nashak Ka Upyog - Ek Mukti Marg’, directed by Mr Anil Sharma. The play won the first prize of Rs 40,000. Mr Sharma also won the best director award for this play.

Dr Kimmins, Director, Plant Protection, advocated the use of streetplays as a media for transfer of technology. It was decided that the play presented by the Punjab team would be translated in all regional languages of cotton-growing states.

Dr G S Nanda, Director of Research, and Chief Coordinator of the project said that project had been initiated in 10 cotton-growing states of India. In Punjab, 45 villages in three districts - Mansa, Bathinda and Ferozepore - would be covered under this project. Dr G S Chahal, Additional Director of Research, said that the new strategies were designed to combat insecticide resistance, which ensured effective pest management and profitable cotton production.

Dr Amrik Singh Sandhu, Director of Extension Education, said that the efforts made by PAU team were unique and had given a new direction for transfer of technology. This play would be presented in IRM villages covered under the project in the targeted districts.

Dr M S Tiwana, Dean, college of Agriculture, said the PAU team did an excellent job in preparing script to transfer the right message to the farmers.

Dr G S Deol, Head, Department of Entomology, mentioned that this project with annual budget of Rs 20.40 lakh, would be implemented in different districts. The basic work on the resistance would be carried out at the IRM laboratory set up at PAU. This project involving KVK and the State Department of Agriculture was likely to continue till 2007.

The progress of this project would be monitored by Ministry of Agriculture for which national monitoring team had been set up. The main emphasis was to cut down the use of insecticide by 40 to 50 per cent on cotton. It was the need of the hour to educate the farmers about the addiction to pesticides and their negative effect on cotton eco-system.

Dr Dhawan, State Coordinator, informed that the adoption of this technology in the recent past reduced the number of sprays by 26 per cent and the cost of spray was reduced by 21 per cent with increase in yield of 18 per cent resulting in net profit of Rs 10,400 per hectare.

Dr Anil Kumar Sharma, director of the play, mentioned that though this play the farmers would not only be entertained but would also educated.


Varinder Pal best cadet
Our Correspondent

Doraha, July 7
Varinder Pal Singh, senior under officer of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, has been declared best cadet in the 19 Punjab Battalion NCC camp organised at Jawahar Navodaya Vidalaya, Farour, near Khamano, recently.

As many as 192 senior division and junior division cadets participated. The camp Commandant, Col Vinay Malik, the camp Adjutant, Lieut S.S. Virk, and 15 JCOs participated in the 10-day camp. Cadets participated in firing, drill, quarter guard parade and various cultural activities. Parasailing was also organised at Sahnewal under the supervision of Lieutenant Virk.

A special honour was given to Sunny Bhardwaj, who attended the Republic Day parade in New Delhi this year.


Sarpanch remanded for attempt to murder
Our Correspondent

Khanna, July 7
The police has arrested Yadvinder Singh Yadoo, sarpanch, Bulepur, on charges of attempt to murder a resident of the same village after an election rally of Panthic Morcha candidates Amrik Singh and Mandip Kaur yesterday.

According to an FIR, the rally was organised in the village. At around 8.30 pm when the rally concluded the sarpanch reached on the stage and caught Gurmail Singh. The sarpanch allegedly tried to fire on him but he was saved by Sukhwinder Singh and Ranjit Singh. The sarpanch then threatened them that they could not hold the rally without his permission.

A case under Sections 307, 506 and 294 of the IPC and under Sections 25, 27, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act was registered on the complaint of Gurmail Singh and Amrik Singh.

Meanwhile, activists of the SAD alleged that the case was registered at the behest of the Congress for getting political benefit in the SGPC elections.

Condemning the police action, district president Daya Singh, Ranbir Singh Khatra, Ranjit Singh Libra and Devinder Singh Khatra gathered near the civil courts complex and raised slogans against the Punjab police and the state government.

Meanwhile, the sarpanch was produced in the court of Civil Judge, Mr K.K. Goel, who remanded him to judicial custody for 14 days.

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