Ludhiana | Kisan mela is full of farmers in KVK Rauni

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Harpal Singh Cheema, Minister of Finance, Planning and Excise and Taxation, Government of Punjab, encouraging farmers to attend kisan melas, during the inauguration of kisan mela at Krishi Vigyan Kendra Rauni, Patiala, said on Sunday, “The kisan melas organized by Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) is a wealth of knowledge, therefore, every farmer must attend these melas and bring at least one new farmer to experience and adopt the technologies recommended by university,” remarked

Applauding the strong rush of farmers to the mela, Cheema urged them to trust the krishi vigyan kendras working tirelessly to promote new varieties, techniques and machinery for the greater benefit of the farming fraternity.

“Punjabi farmers will be spearheading change towards sustainable agriculture”

“The traditional rice-wheat cropping pattern needs to be urgently replaced with diversified crops, specifically for soil and water conservation, given the rapid decline in the water table and soil contamination in the state,” he said, adding that the people of Punjab are exemplary in that they welcome change as seen in the last elections and now the farmers of Punjab would be the iron spearheading change towards sustainable agriculture.

Guest of honor Balbir Singh, MLA, rural Patiala, called for bringing every agricultural model recommended by UPA to farmers’ fields. “Thriving farmers are the backbone of a thriving Punjab,” Singh said, while stressing the need for a library in every village. He urged farmers to subscribe to agricultural publications published by the university, with particular reference to the monthly Changi Kheti. The MLA fought to pledge to avoid stubble burning in the next paddy harvest.

Focus on agriculture resilient to climate change

PAU Vice-Chancellor Satbir Singh Gosal, while recalling the establishment of KVK Rauni in 1995 and the organization of kisan melas ever since, drew attention to climate-resilient agriculture given the continuing agricultural problems resulting from groundwater depletion, soil health degradation and stubble burning. “Constant burning of stubble year after year stripped nutrients from the soil,” Gosal said.

He also warned of the heavy use of urea in fields, which makes crops more prone to disease and pests, as well as an increased risk now that urea has entered drinking water. of State. Gosal emphasized the concept of home gardening by all farmers, which would not only reduce household expenses but also improve the health of the whole family. “We are blessed with the best soil in the world and it is our duty to replenish it,” Gosal said, while advising farmers to exercise caution when marketing basmati export where the Excess moisture and grain breakage cause the entire consignment to be rejected by countries. .

Highlighting PAU’s research achievements, Additional Research Manager PPS Pannu said wheat varieties PBW 826, PBW 833 and PBW 872 have been given the green light for national release. Urging farmers to adopt the varieties and technologies recommended by the university, he said conserving natural resources for future generations by putting them to good use was the need of the hour. The university has developed more than 900 varieties so far, 225 of which have been released nationally, he added.

Director of Extension Education, Ashok Kumar, thanked guest of honor, Sakshi Sawhney, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Patiala, for his personal attention to all farmer programs and his visit to KVK to facilitate the operations.

He emphasized implementing the mela theme – Kisani jawani te paun paani bachaiye, aao rangla Punjab banaiye – by adopting environmentally friendly farming practices, reducing frivolous expenses and paying attention to health. He advised farmers to connect to PAU through ICT tools such as WhatsApp, Facebook, YouTube and agricultural literature.

On the occasion, MS Kang, former vice-chancellor of UPA, Allah Rang, former professor of plant breeding and genetics of UPA, received the honorary award for their contribution to agriculture and fields. related.

A long queue of male and female farmers and youth buying improved seeds, vegetable kits, planting materials, organic fertilizers and agricultural publications was seen at the mela. Live demonstrations (varieties and agricultural machinery) and technical sessions were the highlights of the mela.

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