Govt. Setting up specialised training modules for farmers
The farming community in Punjab is the one which drives the state’s economy. The government to keep them updated on the latest technology has planned a number of training programs for them so that they grow with state’s economy.
The most famous training program is that in dairy farming which is being undertaken by the Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension Education at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) in Ludhiana.
Awareness on latest technology
Training farmers is important as it not only improves interface between the government departments and farmers but also helps in creating awareness among farmers regarding latest in technology. There are specialised training courses which have been designed keeping in mind the several fields in which farmers are working in. These include dairy, piggery, poultry and fish farming.
The Punjab government has also worked out a strategy to encourage farmers in diversifying for which veterinary institutions are being set up across the state as per Animal Husbandry Minister Gulzar Singh Ranike. In Bathinda a veterinary college and hospital is on cards, on which the government would be spending Rs 70 crore.
It will come up on 25 hectares and would help farmers in encouraging them with advancements in animal husbandry, and dairy development techniques. Farmers will also be guided on diseases concerning the animals.
The USP of the training is that it helps them to be updated on how to deal with diseases, their diagnosis and treatment. This is especially relevant in the Malwa belt where deficiency in animals is quite common.
Encouraging Animal Husbandry
The government during the training also encourages the farmers to opt for animal husbandry alternatives besides farming which is the primary source of livelihood in Punjab. This is being done only to ensure that the source of income for farmers is from different sources and they are not dependent only on agriculture.
This not only increases their profitability but also ensures makes farmers aware of alternatives to agriculture and most importantly to maintain healthy animals. During the training the farmers will be able to experience well equipped laboratory facilities.
The Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal had recently in Muktsar pointed out that now when farmers have small pieces of land, the government was making sincere efforts to frame such kinds of policies which facilitate skill development and encourage farmers to take up allied trades.
Profitable Piggery Sector
The government has in the recent past also started encouraging the piggery sector and five-day training was also organized in Ludhiana, focusing on how diversification is the need of the hour. Further they were also explained how pig farming is a profitable sector and an association of progressive piggery farmers of Punjab is also being run.
A 24-hour helpline is also being run by GADVASU where farmers can talk to experts. In March the university will be honouring innovative pig farmer at a unique event ‘Pashu Palan Mela’ which is another initiative of the Punjab government to encourage farmers to take up other options than agriculture.