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AGRICULTURE
 

Experts to mull over agro woes
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana January 16
A two-day national seminar on 'Farm Mechanisation for Diversification of Agriculture' will be held in the Jacob Hall of College of Agricultural Engineering, Punjab Agricultural University, on January 19-20.

According to Head, Department of Farm Power and Machinery, Dr S.S.Ahuja, the Deputy Director-General (Engineering) of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Dr Nawab Ali, will be the guest of honour.

Mr M.C. Gowada, Chairman, Agricultural Engineering Division Board will preside over the function and PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr. K.S. Aulakh will be the chief guest.

The meet will provide a platform for agricultural engineers, scientists, technocrats, bankers, manufacturers and farmers to discuss the farm mechanisation for diversification of agriculture in Punjab.

The delegates will discuss major problems confronting Punjab today, like over-exploitation of groundwater, unreliability of canal irrigation and power supplies, pollution of ground and surface water, water logging and soil salinity etc.

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Post-harvest technology can cut losses: experts
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 16
Efficient use of post-harvest technology can reduce production losses substantially, said Dr S.K. Nanda, Project Co-ordinator (Post Harvest Technology), Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET), Ludhiana, here today.

He added that special focus needed to be laid on measures to be adopted after harvest.

He said CIPHET could help students, industry and other stakeholders in the post-harvest utilisation aspects.

He said the institute was established with the objective of reducing post-harvest losses and value addition of farm produce to generate gainful employment to rural people.

The institute also offered entrepreneurship development programme in the post-harvest area.

The convener explained the importance of the meeting in the development of technology for reduction in drudgery in food processing operations and post-harvest losses of food grain.

Dr R.T. Patil, Director, CIPHET, emphasised the need for modernising food processing industry.

Dr Patil said CIPHET was open to private industries that wanted to use its library facilities and other consultancy services.

 

The Director enlisted and explained the technologies developed at CIPHET, which were ready for commercialisation.

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EDUCATION

Florida scientists visit PAU
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana January 16
A seven-member delegation comprising Deans and Directors, from the University of Florida (UF), USA, visited Punjab Agricultural University today.

The delegation, led by UF Director of International programmes Dr David. J. Sammons, is here to explore areas for mutual co-operation between the two universities.

At a meeting with PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr K.S. Aulakh, Dr Sammons said the climatic conditions of Punjab and Florida were very similar and they shared many achievements and problems.

Both institutes could benefit from one another’s experiences.

“We are here to explore opportunities of partnership in different areas, specially those related to water management and capacity building,” said Dr Sammons.

He added that an agricultural knowledge initiative (AKI) group had been formed for this purpose.

“The knowledge shared will benefit both institutes and help accelerate the rural development programmes in the two countries,” he added.

The PAU had signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of Florida during Dr Aulakh’s visit to that university in May, 2006.

The delegation is paying a return visit to the PAU on the invitation of Dr Aulakh.

Dr Aulakh said the primary objective of signing the MoU was to enhance academic interchange between the two institutions.

The exchange of faculty and students under this arrangement would promote academic and research programme of both institutions.

He said earlier the PAU had signed MoUs with Ohio State University, Columbus, USA, University of California, Davis, USA. The university has collaborative arrangement Tropicana, a fruit processing company of the USA that will help strengthen infrastructure for processing of vegetables and fruits in Punjab.

“One plant for processing of kinnow has already started in Abohar,” said Dr Aulakh.

The delegation also had special meetings with PAU Director of Research, Director of Extension Education, and Dean, Postgraduate Studies to discuss collaboration in research, extension and teaching programmes.

Other members of delegation are Dr R. Kirby Barrick, Dr Joan A. Dusky, Dr Wendy D. Graham, Dr Dennis Jett, Dr Mark R. Mellellan and Dr Ramesh Reddy.

The PAU was represented by Director of Research Dr B.S. Dhillon, Director of Extension Education Dr N.S. Malhi, Dean Postgraduate Studies Dr S.S. Chahal, Dean, College of Agriculture, Dr G.S. Chahal, Dean, College of Basic Sciences and Humanities, Dr Tejwant Singh, Dean, College of Agricultural Engineering, Dr V.R. Sharma and Dean, College of Home Science, Dr Jaswinder K. Sangha.

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