Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, September 18
The two-day virtual kisan mela concluded at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) here amid panel discussions on natural resource management, livestock production and subsidiary occupations, processing, value addition and farmer-producer organisations (FPOs).
Dr NS Bains, Director of Research, said constructive efforts were made to enrich the knowledge of farmers during the mela. He said state farmers were skilled, adding that kisan (farmer) and kisani (agriculture) were being empowered to connect themselves with the market. Farmers should adopt PBW 1 chapati and unnat PBW 550 wheat varieties (with good chapatti quality) as these could compete with the Madhya Pradesh wheat, he advised.
“Do not paint a negative perception of the state agriculture,” he urged the farmers while appealing to say no to stubble burning.
Meanwhile, the virtual kisan mela was extended by the Department of Extension Education, PAU, to adopted villages of Ludhiana district. The farmers and farm women gathered at the PAU Farmer Information Centre, Agricultural Cooperative Society and schools to participate in the mela.
Students of BSc agriculture (final year), who have been currently attached with different adopted villages, facilitated infrastructural and technical facilities at common points for extending mela among the farming community.
Farmers of Kanech, Bhairomuna, Narangwal, Nurpur Bet and Jodhan villages interacted with Dr Kuldeep Singh, head, Department of Extension Education, on this virtual platform and expressed their experience regarding the event with enthusiasm.
They also shared the knowledge gained by them regarding various technologies displayed in the fair.
Experts facilitated the farmers to download the PAU kisan app and subscribe to the Facebook page and the Youtube channel of the university.
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