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PAU organizes first Kisan Mela in Punjab at Faridkot
To showcase the latest farm technologies for Kharif crops, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) launched its series of Kissan Mela. The first mela was organized by the University at its Regional Station, Faridkot today.

Kahan Singh Pannu, Secretary (Agriculture ) Punjab, inaugurated the mela which focused on the theme Be-lore Rasayanan Uppar Kharch Ghatao, Vatavaran Bachao, Munafa Vadhao' (reduce expenditure on the use of unnecessary chemicals, save environment, increase profit)."

PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon presided over the mela while Kamaljeet Kaur Danewalia, member, PAU Board of Management was the special guest. Addressing the farmers, Pannu said PAU Kisan mela is different.

"It is a mela of knowledge where farmers interact with university scientists to gain new knowledge on farming," said Pannu.

He pointed out that in the post green revolution era, Punjab is facing new challenges. Yield levels in different crops have seen stagnation in the last few years. He gave the examples of wheat and said its yield has been stagnant at 17-18 q/ acre. ?We must make efforts to raise it to 25 q/acre,? he said.

Addressing the huge gathering of farmers Dr B. S. Dhillon, Vice Chancellor of the university said that Kissan Mela is a big platform to tell the farmers about the new technologies developed by the University. Through Kissan Mela, University reaches out to farmers.

They (farmers) learn latest developments through their face-to-face interaction with university scientists, adding that such two-way interactions are helpful for the scientists to reorient their research.

Advising the farmers to use fartilisers on soil test basis, Dr. Dhillon said, efficient fertilizer use is must to earn more profit from farming. "We must watch our profits not income", he remarked adding that keeping a proper record of inputs and expensive is a must. He also cautioned the farmers on the misuse of pesticides and said that their excessive use is dangerous for the health of people and environment .

On this occasion, the dignitaries and participating farmers saw demonstrations and exhibits showcasing the latest technologies developed by different departments. Subject matter specialists of PAU, provided farmers useful tips about the new crop production and protection technologies, farm mechanization for kharif crops, etc. There was a great demand for the seed of Punjab Basmati No. 3 variety of basmati rice.

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