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PAU launches training programme on integrated farming systems in Patiala

PAU launches training programme on integrated farming systems in Patiala

PAU experts impart training to farmers at a village near Patiala.



Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 10

The All India Coordinated Research Programme on Integrated Farming System, School of Organic Farming at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) in Ludhiana, in collaboration with the OFR Centre in Patiala, recently launched a training programme on integrated farming systems aimed at enhancing farmers’ incomes at Mardapur village in Patiala.

The event featured Dr Satbir Singh Gosal, vice-chancellor, as the chief guest.

Dr Gosal emphasised adopting integrated farming systems (IFS) for income enhancement and balanced nutrition for farmers’ families.

He highlighted that IFS was a multifaceted, whole-farm approach that addresses the challenges faced by marginal and small farmers by increasing employment opportunities and income through integrating various farm enterprises. This system facilitates eco-friendly utilisation of farm waste, leading to nutrient and organic matter-rich soil for sustaining productivity.

Dr Gosal underscored the low investment and high profitability potential of IFS as a tool for rural economic improvement and encouraged farmers to use PAU recommended crop varieties.

During the programme, Dr Ajay Choudhary discussed disease prevention in crops, while Dr Neeraj Rani, a soil scientist, provided insights into the use of vermi-compost within IFS.

Dr N Ravisankar, project coordinator from ICAR-Indian Institute of Farming Systems Research, Modipuram, Meerut, elaborated on the national-level activities of the scheme and advocated that IFS ensures a balanced and consistent supply of food, fodder, and other consumables throughout the year by integrating multiple enterprises. This approach reduces the risk of monetary losses linked with seasonal changes and crop failures, thereby increasing food security and allowing farmers to earn extra income by trading surplus produce.

Dr Sohan Singh Walia, Director of the School of Organic Farming, shared strategies for increasing the income of small and marginal farmers through IFS. The event also saw participation from Dr AK Parusti and Dr Raghubir Singh from ICAR-IIFSR, Modipuram. Numerous scientists and farmers participated in the event.

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