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Gadvasu identifies model dairy villages
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 24
Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (Gadvasu) has identified three villages in Punjab which will be developed as model dairy villages. A proposal to this regard has already been sent to the Punjab government following a visit by Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, recently.

The university has already identified land in Kal Jharani village in Bathinda, Padhari Kalan in Amritsar districts and yet another site is being finalised in Kandi area. The proposed regional research and training centres in Kal Jharani and Padhari Kalan are existing centres of the Rural Centres of Dairy Development which will need clearance from the Panchayati Raj wing of the government for transformation into changed use models.

Dr Vijay Kumar Taneja, vice-chancellor, said "With an aim to take the animal consultancy right to the doorstep of the dairy and fishery farmers, the university has decided to expand the consultancy services currently available only on the campus to these model centres. A related project is already under way at Gureh village in Jagraon."

Dr Onkar Singh Parmar, director, extension education, said "A data chart had been formulated for assessment of farm production and results over a specified period of time following intervention by experts. The chart includes production level of animals, problems faced, yield and marketing, both before and after the expert intervention".

At least, 2,000 cattle heads will be raised at the proposed centre with expert guidance on diet charts and suitable housing. In the Gureh centre which was inaugurated on August 15, earlier this year, the programme on cow, buffaloes, sheep and goat rearing is being extended to adjoining three villages for a greater outreach of the programme.

It has been pointed out that the centres wanted to carry out its extension as well as consultation programme in the three belts of Punjab, including Majha, Malwa and Doaba. The Majha belt largely has the Nili Ravi breed of buffaloes and the remaining areas largely have the Murrah breed.

Another key area of the project includes better utilisation of the milk. At the moment, out of approximately nine million tonnes of milk in the state, annually, 50 per cent is consumed in the household of the producers as about 15 odd per cent goes to the dairy plants. The remaining 35 per cent is distributed by milk vendors and sweetmeat sellers. In order to have a better quality of milk, attempt is being made to ensure bigger supply to the milk plants.

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Price Watch
Onion, veggies’ price likely to go down soon
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 24
Onion prices have shot up once again and touched Rs 25 per kilogram in city markets due to insufficient supply. Traders, however, are expecting the effect to mollify within this week with the beginning of 'shraadhs'.

While prices of most vegetables remained on the downward side, onions and green peas touched a high.

"Onion is an essential item in every kitchen. But prices have been on the higher side only for over a month now. I hope the rates would decrease in the coming days," said Reena Verma, a Civil Lines resident.

Supply of onions in city markets reduced to almost half in the last week while demand was more than usual due to marriages. As per estimates, the daily consumption in city is over 90 tonnes. However, rains affected the supply and it reduced three trucks from six in a day (with each truck carrying roughly 15 tonnes).

"Rates are likely to decline in the coming days, even those of onion as consumption will reduce during shraadhs. Supply has been affected but only in a few cases and market will not be much active in the coming atleast a week," said Amarbir Singh, general secretary of the Ludhiana Fruits and Vegetable Commission Agents Association.

In the wholesale markets, onion iss available for Rs 19-20 per kilogram, while price of green peas touched a high of Rs 60 per kilogram. Potato prices too witnessed an increase to Rs 12-13 per kilo whereas rates of vegetables like ladyfinger, brinjals and tomatoes recorded a decline.

Ladyfinger was available for Rs 12-13 per kilo in wholesale markets, brinjal Rs 7-8, tomatoes Rs 9-10 while gourd Rs 7-8 in wholesale markets.

Retail prices are 30 per cent to 100 per cent higher than wholesale in different city markets.

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Ban on night paddy harvesting
DM advises farmers to harvest paddy on maturity
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 24
Following reports about immature and unripe paddy being harvested by farmers, District magistrate Sumer Singh Gurjar has imposed a ban on the operation of harvesting combines from 7 PM to 10 AM for the harvesting of paddy.

He has also ordered that no combine would harvest green and immature paddy in the district and warned that in case, any operator was caught violating these orders, strict action would be taken against him.

He said it had come to the notice of the administration that some farmers and combine operators were harvesting unripe paddy, which contains much higher content of moisture than the fixed specifications and farmers were facing problems in selling crop in mandis.

He said in case the immature and green paddy continued to be harvested, it could add to the harassment to the farmers in the mandis, which could create law and order problem also.

The DC directed the officers of agriculture, revenue and development departments to keep a strict vigil in all villages and in case of violation of these orders, immediately report to the police, so that the combine could be impounded and action could be initiated against the owner.

He also appealed to the farmers to harvest the paddy on complete maturity and bring the dry and clean produce in the Mandis, so that it could be lifted on the same day without any harassment.

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