A five-day online training course on “Vegetable cultivation through hydroponics, soilless, fruit trap and net-house technologies” concluded at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). A total of 161 trainees attended the course that was conducted by the Skill Development Centre under the guidance of Dr JS Mahal, Director of Extension Education. Dr Kuldeep Singh, associate director (Skill Development), said with shrinking land holdings, nutritious vegetables can be grown on rooftops using soilless technology. Dr KG Singh, Head, Department of Soil and Water Engineering, dwelt upon rooftop gardening and hydroponics technologies. Dr Kulbir Singh, Senior Olericulturist, shared techniques to enhance vegetable production. Experts Dr Salesh Jindal, Dr Rajinder Dhall and Dr Mohinder Kaur Sidhu explained net-house cultivation of tomato, capsicum, cucumber and brinjal and cultivation of peas, respectively.
Protected cultivation ensures returns: Expert
The Skill Development Centre, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), organised a two-day online training course on “Use of drip, sprinkler irrigation and poly-houses” for in-service candidates. In total, 55 agriculture, horticulture and soil conservation officers and scientists from PAU and its Krishi Vigyan Kendras participated in the course. Dr Kuldeep Singh, associate director (Skill Development), shared that with globalisation of markets, shrinking land holdings and climate change, protected cultivation had emerged as the single most important technology for ensuring high productivity, improved quality and profitable returns. Dr Kiran Grover, Principal Extension Scientist (Food and Nutrition) and Course Coordinator, highlighted that production of safe and nutritious food was much required to meet the growing demand and ensure food security for all.
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