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Proper marketing of agri products stressed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 2
The colossal debt of Rs 26,000 crore is adversely affecting the agricultural community. This was stated by Dr K.S. Aulakh, vice-chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. He was addressing farmers during the annual meet of the PAU Kisan Club held on the campus.

Dr Aulakh opined that farming problems would continue to multiply if proper marketing strategies were not devised to sell the agricultural produce. Though the central government had announced better loan facilities in the recent budget, he felt the farmer should avoid getting trapped in the vicious circle of loans. Citing statistics, Dr Aulakh disclosed that despite having 1.5 per cent of geographical area of the country, Punjab had 4.5 lakh tractors, which account for 26 per cent of the tractors in India. Need-based purchase of tractors should have been the norm, he added.

The vice-chancellor warned that if assured ways of marketing were not generated, the Punjab farmer would have nothing to offer the posterity as agricultural legacy. Giving the example of Bt cotton, he said the crop gave excellent produce and required minimal use of insecticides. He advocated the use of technology that circumvented the problems caused by extreme changes in climate and encouraged the cultivation of fruits, vegetables as well as medicinal plants.

Dr B.S.Dhillon, director of research, also spoke on the occasion and informed the farmers about the newly released varieties of cotton, paddy, arhar, pear, grapes, peas, chrysanthemum etc. He suggested the development of early maturing varieties of paddy. The use of tensiometer and green leaf chart could help in minimising the application of fertilisers and water, he said.

The farmer member of Agriculture Cost and Price Commission, Mr Mohinder Singh Grewal, pointed out that Punjab required a face-lift owing to the evils of drug addiction, shirking from work and lack of balanced diet. The Kisan Club should initiate a movement to counter these problems, he averred. He expressed the need to galvanise agriculture and to quit the weather-beaten track. Dr N.S.Malhi, director of extension education, delved on involving more women in agriculture, as they were competent in intricate works. He regretted the deteriorating societal health due to female foeticide. The establishment of coperative clubs could provide costly agricultural machinery and farmers' personal control on marketing the agricultural produce, he remarked.

He revealed that district-level chapters of the Kisan Club connected to Krishi Vigyan Kendras will be constituted. This would enable scientific interaction on a monthly basis at the district level. The president of the Kisan Club, Mr Pavittar Pal Singh Pangli, suggested that annual meeting of scientists club of PAU and farmers club be held regularly. 



PAU against early sowing of summer seed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 2
Punjab Agricultural University has advised farmers not to go for early sowing of summer seed.

According to Dr Harbhajan Singh Sekhon, senior scientist in the pulses section of the Department of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Biotechnology, has advised the sowing of summer moong between March 20 and April 10.

He said, SML 668 is the only improved variety of summer moong.

If this variety was sown prior to March 20, its plants would not grow properly and give low yield, he warned.

Experiments had shown that early sowing retarded the growth of nodules in the roots, which reduced the nitrogen absorption of plants.

Low temperature during the early sowing also contributed to poor harvest, he added.

He also suggested that summer moong should not be sown after April 20 as the rainy weather following that month changed the colouration of seed.

Training course

A two-day training course on agricultural diversification and allied occupations will be held on March 6-7 at Kairon Kisan Ghar of Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana.

Disclosing this here today, the additional director, Extension Education, PAU, Dr Satpal Mehra, said the course was being organised by the Directorate of Extension Education in collaboration with the Bank of India. Many scientists from specialised fields would speak on aspects of horticulture, organic farming, medicinal plants, growing of mushrooms, problems of bee-keeping, production of hybrid seeds and use of solar energy. — TNS



PAU prof imparts training to Pak officials
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 2
Dr Sandeep Kapur, associate professor, Department of Business Management, Punjab Agricultural University, visited Karachi to impart training to officers of various developmental organisations of Pakistan on " Cluster Development".

He was invited as a resource person on behalf of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO).

The programme was organised in association with Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency, Pakistan. "Cluster Development" is UNIDO's initiative to improve the competitiveness of the clusters-mainly focusing on the small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

A cluster is a geographical and sectoral concentration of numerous producers and ancillary agents, engaged in production, supply or trade activities which are directly associated with the manufacturing of a specific product.

UNIDO India started its Cluster Development Programme during mid-90s and in Pakistan it was started in the year 2001. According to Dr Kapur, there are a lot of commonalities between the issues faced by Indian and Pakistani SMEs.

Due to globalisation, SMEs of both countries need to take urgent steps to improve their competitiveness, failing which it might not be possible for these units to compete in the global market in the long term. Greater interaction between cluster members of both countries can throw open new phase of learning for improving the competitiveness.

Dr Kapur delivered various sessions on subjects like developing competitive advantage through networking, industry analysis, value chain analysis and developing strategies for growth. 



Love Dale kids put up colourful show
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 2
Students at Love Dale celebrated end of the term with a function here today at Le Baron. The outgoing students were bidden farewell while the newcomers were welcomed. A variety show was choreographed keeping in view the festival of Holi. The function started with a welcome song followed by the Holi special item “Holia Mein Oodai Gulal”. Items like western dance, Salsa and a play were the highlights of the function. All items were staged in the presence of the chief guest Dr K.N.S. Kang and the prizes were distributed by Harpreet Kang.

Farewell party

A farewell party was organised for Class X students in Government High School, Salem Tabri, here, today. Students of Class IX put up a colourful show.

Headmaster Ranjit Singh extended his best wishes to the outgoing students.

Holi celebrated

Kids of Kiddies Paradise celebrated Holi with spring flowers. They sang and danced joyfully. Principal Radhika Mahajan explained the importance of the festival and advised the students to play holi safely and not to put ‘gulal’ in anybody’s eyes as that could cause damage. 



Guru Nanak college farewell
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 2
Students of the commerce department of Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, Ludhiana, bid farewell to their seniors at a party. The function was presided over by the Principal, Dr Charanjit Mahal, and president of Guru Nanak Education Trust Gurbir Singh. To add colour to the occasion the students presented an entertaining cultural programme.

The winners of Miss Farewell were selected after two rounds. In the first round, students gave their introduction and in the second round they answered well to the questions asked by the judges. Shweta was crowned Miss Farewell. Renuka and Gagandeep were the runners-up. Fun games were also played. 



Akal Academy celebrates annual function
Our Correspondent

Samrala, March 2
Akal Academy, Dhindsa, 10 km from here, today celebrated its annual function with great pomp and show in which Dr Khem Singh Gill, former vice-chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, was the chief guest.

On this occasion, students participated in various activities and entertained the gathering by items like shabad, fancy dress, Kavishri, dance and plays. Choreography “dhiyaan ranian", depicting the social evil of foeticide, was performed in a unique way. Students criticised many more social evils in their various performances.

An exhibition was also organised on various things prepared by students like models, paintings, stitching etc. Dr Khem Singh Gill gave away the prizes to the first, second and  third position holders of every class.



Khalsa college exhibition concludes
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 2
The Fine Arts Department of the Khalsa College for Women here organised its two-day annual exhibition on March 1 and 2. Ranbirinder K. Gill inaugurated the exhibition. As many as 90 students from undergraduate and postgraduate classes displayed their skills by using innovative techniques such as ceramic work, stone work, velvet work, miniature work and sequins work. There was a vibrant variety of 42 landscapes, 50 portraits, 42 compositions, 19 life-studies, 100 drawing sheets and 15 mural paintings.

Velvet painting compositions and portraits of renowned personalities such as Mother Teresa, Mona lisa, Hindu Gods and Goddesses and Sikh gurus were the highlights of the exhibition.

The Home Science Department also organised an exhibition in which nearly 90 students displayed their articles. Students from BA II made tie and die dupattas in bright and contrasting colours.

BA I students made attractive articles such as foot-mats, wall-hangings and other decorative articles using waste material like straws, old-x-rays, Ice cream sticks, polythene bags, aluminium foils, medicine bottles etc. Students of fashion designing displayed their creations like sherwanis and evening gowns, glass paintings, meenakari and murals. Principal Dr Varinder Kaur Thind applauded the efforts put in by the students and staff members.



Chambers for young lawyers soon: Dhanda

Ludhiana, March 2
Newly elected MLA Harish Rai Dhanda yesterday announced the construction of chambers for young lawyers soon with half of its cost being borne by the state government. He reiterated his commitment to fulfil the promises made during his election campaign. He thanked lawyers for extending support to him. Earlier, he was accorded a warm welcome by the fraternity.

Bar president Hemant Kalia said that Dhanda had achieved great heights. He was seven-time president of the DBA and youngest chairman of the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana.

Former bar presidents K.R. Sikri and Naval Kishore Chhibber, DBA vice-president S.S. Mangat, finance secretary Karan Singh, joint secretary Rajan Chand, Organisation of Young Lawyers chairman Sandeep Kapoor, Baldev Kumar Baweja and Sanjeev Malhotra were those present on the occasion. — OC



Celebrate Holi with natural colours

Holi, the festivals of colours, fun and frolic, is associated with Lord Krishna and his Gopis. It is a festival to celebrate one's existence and realise that there is a chance to reunite with the God. There is a chance to be happy and spread happiness and a chance to forget the past, and make a new beginning.

Holi marks the beginning of a new season. The season of flowers, freshness, green leaves and fragrances. Colours have an astonishing effect on our health. Just as the body needs different elements to maintain good health, it also needs different colours. On Holi, the use of natural colours fulfils the colour defeciency in the body. But beware, this does not mean the use of chemical colours. Protect your eyes, face and skin from poisonous chemical colours. Toxic chemicals are being used to get the desired colours :

  • Red from mercuric oxide
  • Purple from chromium iodide
  • Green from copper sulphate
  • Glitter from mica and glass
  • Black from lead

All these are highly dangerous to eyes, skin, respiratory tract and can cause renal disorder and some are even carcinogenic. They do not wash away easily, get mixed in drains and sewage systems and pollute water bodies and the soil. Holi marks the beginning of a new season. It is the season when mother nature renews itself.

To make your Holi truly colourful, try these simple tips :

  • Wear clothes that cover the maximum part of your body.
  • Avoid poisonous chemical colours.
  • Use natural or homemade colours to avoid skin, hair and other health problems.
  • To make your own colours.

For colour red, Red sandalwood powder can be used to colour the cheeks crimson. Red hibiscus flowers soaked in water overnight, also gives red colour.

  • For green colour, take hinna powder. You could use paste of green leafy veggies to turn others green.
  • For those wishing to colour themselves blue, Jacardnda flowers and blue Hibiscus can be dried and powdered to obtain the colour.
  • Marigold flowers can also be dried and paste can be used instead for artificial colour.
  • Black colour can be obtained by boiling dried fruits of Indian Gooseberry in an iron vessel and leaving it overnight. Mix with water and use it.
  • For the hair, use herbal or sarson oil to counter the harmful effects of colours.
  • Use goggles and gloves during colour play.
  • The post-play operations include warm water and moisturing soap to scrub off the colours. Using a baby oil, herbal cream, gently massage off the left-over colour.

— Dr Anil Dheer



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