16 December 2020, Punjab, IN: The School of Organic Farming, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), organized a farmers training programme on “Backyard Poultry and Mushroom Production” under the aegis of Biotech-KISAN project, funded by the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India. The training was held in collaboration with Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Moga. The project is aimed at demonstrating the importance of integrating dairy + goatry + backyard poultry + mushroom cultivation for nutritional and livelihood security of small farmers.
Dr CS Aulakh, Project Coordinator and Director, School of Organic Farming, highlighted the importance of integrated farming system approach in enhancing the livelihood security of small and marginal farmers, and urged the farmers to adopt subsidiary enterprises to sustain their income.
Dr Amandeep Singh Brar, Deputy Director, KVK, Moga welcomed the farmers and made them aware of the activities of KVK and discussed the improved agronomic practices for rabi crops.
Dr Gurlal Singh Gill, Assistant Professor (Animal Science), delivered a lecture on backyard poultry and livestock management.
Dr Shivani Sharma, Mycologist, demonstrated the method of compost preparation for mushroom production and encouraged the farmers to adopt mushroom production. The farmers were supplied with mineral mixture for milch animals, mushroom bags for mushroom production, and books on poultry farming and mushroom production.
Dr Amandeep Singh Sidhu, Co-Principal Investigator of the project, reviewed the already on-going project activities and proposed a vote of thanks.