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Grow eucalyptus in water-logged areas: PAU expert to flood-affected farmers

04 August 2023, Punjab: During the monthly training camp of PAU Kisan Club, member farmers were advised to adopt varieties PR 126 and Pusa Basmati 1509 as well as grow crops eucalyptus (safeda) and berseem as an alternate to waterlogged paddy. About 165 members attended the camp that was held under the aegis of Directorate of Extension Education today.

Dr Satbir Singh Gosal, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, who was the chief guest, lauded the rise in the membership of the club and stated that being the oldest, the club members have achieved great strides in agriculture due to regular connect between farmers-scientists, and adoption of PAU recommended crop varieties and technologies. He paid rich tributes to the Founder of the Kisan Club, Dr TS Sohal who as the then Head of Extension Education department, constituted this club of progressive farmers at village Barewal in 1966.

Dr KS Saini, Agronomy expert, while suggesting alternative crops for waterlogged paddy, advised the farmers to plant safeda and go in for intercropping in autumn sugarcane as well. “Where the fields are over-flooded with water and farmers are unable to sow paddy, grow safeda,” he urged the flood-hit farmers, while assuring them of converting their economic losses into profits with the adoption of PAU recommendations.

Dr TP Singh, Seed expert and Dr Ranjit Singh, Animal Sciences expert, dwelt upon seed production of cereal crops and feed formulation of cattle feed, respectively.

Microbiology subject specialist Dr Jaspreet Kaur explained the production of medicinal mushroom.

Dr Kuldeep Singh, Head, Department of Extension Education and Programme Associate Director, welcomed the dignitaries and the farmers.

Mr Amrinder Singh Punia, President of the club, proposed a vote of thanks.

Dr GS Buttar, Director of Extension Education and Dr TS Riar, Additional Director Communication, also attended the camp.

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