The Punjab Agricultural University recently showcased the latest technologies of farming at the Kisan Mela, which was organized at Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Nag Kalan-Jahangir, Majitha Road in Amritsar. The theme of this fair was, ‘Kisan Melean de Rang sudhrebeej, machinery, kitaban de sang’.
Various departments had put up display of their work and a number of plots at the Krishi Vigyan Kendra Farm had put up the rabi crops for the season on display. Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, did the honours of inaugurating the fair. The focus currently is to develop some kind of technology, which is environment friendly and will be able to sustain the adverse environmental effects in different seasons.
Dr Gurmeet Singh Buttar, Additional director, extension education, PAU said that PAU had recently released new recommendations for the farmers on horticulture, vegetable and Kharif crops. He also mentioned it to the audience that most of the varieties that were released all around the country are of PAU.
Farmers were encouraged to read the literature that is released by PAU at different intervals, which can help the farmers grow better crop and save it from the effects of environment. There are even recommendations on how the farmers can reduce the cost of cultivation by using the seeds judiciously and saving the environment. Dhillon also requested the farmers to make it their top priority to maintain the health of the soil and stop burning the wheat and paddy straw.
Farmers which hold a large portion of land for farming were encouraged to move to horticulture than continuing the traditional crops, as there is more scope and profits available in this segment of farming. Farmers were told that PAU will be developing new varieties of crops, which will easily sustain the effects of environment change, and the farmers should use them in future.
Representatives from different departments of PAU came forward and had a discussion with the farmers on their problems and taught them the solutions and how to use the new technologies available. Various farmers also showed interest in the seeds of kharif crops and mini-vegetable kits and bought them from the stalls at the fair. Farmers were encouraged to visit such fairs on regular basis as this will help them to know about anything new, which is available in the market, and they can discuss their problems of the season with the available representatives.