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Use of laser leveller demonstrated
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 6
To improve the efficacy and efficiency of irrigation, a level field is important and going by the latest technology, laser leveller is the best both for optimum irrigation and conservation of water.

The use of laser leveller was demonstrated at a field day at Sukhanand, district Moga, on Thursday. At least 300 farmers, engineers and extension education specialists participated. The function was presided over by Conservator of Soil, Ferozepore Dr Sat Pal Singh Gandhi.

Speaking on the occasion, Senior Agricultural Engineer and Head, Department of Farm Power and Machinery, Dr S.S. Ahuja, said besides saving water, a field levelled with laser leveller ensured a good crop stand. Farmers, he said, however, would have to wait for another three years for it as only private players were presently taking up this operation on custom hiring basis.

One good thing that had happened was that some village cooperative societies had acquired this equipment for custom hiring on affordable cost, he added.

The project investigator, Dr H.S. Sidhu of USAID project, said about 150 acres have already been levelled by this technology at Sukhanand. The department at PAU offered hands-on-training on the use of laser leveller. The farmers and others were taken to the paddy fields leveled by laser leveller before transplantation to show the good crop performance and for an interface with the farmers who had made use of it.

Director of Extension Education, Dr S.S. Gill, who presided over the function, said laser leveller would help farmers to increase production and income. Since paddy was a water-guzzling crop and the university recommended its transplantation only after June 15, the use of such technology, when adopted on a mass scale, would help change the present grim picture of agriculture.

“Simply shifting the date of paddy transplantation beyond June 15 immensely helps to save water”, he added.

Dr Gandhi impressed upon the farmers that water being an important source for sustainable agriculture, its judicious use was important. He cautioned the farmers against the indiscriminate withdrawal of ground water and said if this practice continued, soon there would be more submersible pumps than centrifugal pumps, which would put immense financial burden on the farmers. He was confident that laser leveller would play an important role in conservation of water.



Time right to sow crops, says expert
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 6
According to the PAU agro-meteorologist, the weather is expected to remain dry in Punjab in the next 2-3 days. The maximum and minimum temperatures will be in the range of 33°C to 35°C and 19°C to 21°C, respectively.

Farmers are advised to record the incidence of leaf folder and stem borer on the basmati crop. The plantation of sugarcane must be completed before October 15 and the crop must be sprayed with recommended chemicals to control white flies.

Reacting to field reports, the agro-meteorologist said it is important to control tobacco caterpillar on cotton through recommended sprays.

This is also the optimum time to sow oilseed crops particularly, raya using varieties PBR-210, RLM-619, PBR-91, RL-1359.

This is also the time for sowing fodder because fodder sown during this period gives high yield.

This is also the right time to sow vegetables, particularly, garlic, radish, carrot and turnip. Only the recommended varieties of these should be sown. 



Farm training course ends

Ludhiana, October 6
The Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension in the Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana, organised a Canadian agricultural training course from September 25 to October 4. This course was attended by 22 delegates from different parts of Punjab, aspiring to settle in Canada.

On the concluding function, Dr O.S. Parmar, Director of Extension Education, GADVASU, said the training programme would be very useful for the trainees who were going to Canada. The programme consisted of lectures and practicals. TNS



GADVASU scientists attend seminar
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 6
Dr S.S. Sikka, Professor, and eight faculty members of the Department of Animal Nutrition, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana, attended the sixth conference of the Animal Nutrition Association held at Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST), Jammu, recently on the theme “Strengthening Animal Nutrition Research for Food Security Environment Protection and Poverty Allevation”.

Dr Sikka besides presenting three papers at the conference also acted as panelist on nutraceuticals, an emerging field in veterinary sciences, in the technical session on “Emerging role of Nutraceuticals in Animal Nutrition Research”.

On the occasion Dr N.N. Pathak, founder president of the association, honoured Dr Sikka. Both Dr M.S. Pannu and Dr A.P.S. Sethi co-chaired the technical sessions on “Nutrition for Health and welfare” and “Pet Nutrition”, respectively. Dr S. Saijpaul and Dr P.K. Naik attended the technical sessions on “Nutraceuticals” and “Livestock and Poverty Allevation”, respectively.



Shabad gayan competition held
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 6
An inter-school shabad gayan competition was held at the SKSK Education Trust in memory of the late Ajit Kaur, founder-principal, here today.

Nineteen students were given Rs 200 each and a certificate for oral recitation of path.

Students from VI to X Class scoring more than 85 per cent were given Rs 1200 each.

Gurpal Singh of Class X was awarded Rs 1,100 and a gold medal, for his position in the merit list.



Punjabi film ‘Mannat’ released
Asha Ahuja

Ludhiana, October 6
“The road to Bollywood is bumpy and only consistent and sincere efforts of an actor can bear fruit. I have decided to work in one Punjabi film every year,” said Rupinder Kaur, the heroine of ‘Mannat’, a Punjabi film, which was released in Preet Palace theatre here today.

The entire star cast of the film — Kulraj Randhawa, Jimmy Shergill, Manav Vij, Rupinder Dhillon, Deep Dhillon, Ranit Walia and director Gurinder Singh — were present on the occasion.

Jimmy Shergill, who catapulted to fame after his brief but touching role in Munna Bhai MBBS as a cancer patient said, “I have decided to do one Punjabi film a year. Last year, I had worked in Harbhajan’s film ‘Yaaran Naal Baharan’.”

“I really felt good working in ‘Lage Raho Munnabhai’. My next Hindi film ‘Raqueeb’ will be ready for release in a few months,” he added.

Ranit Walia, who provides comic relief in the film said, “I have come from theatre into films and I have realised that films cannot afford as much satisfaction as theatre. However, I am glad that Punjabi films are making a comeback and their popularity is increasing.”

Gurinder Singh Grewal, director of the movie said, “Mannat is a very emotional film and has a powerful story and we hope that it would get a good response.”

The film has six songs written by Babu Singh Mann and music has been given by Jaidev Kumar.



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