07 December 2020, Punjab, IN: The Skill Development Centre, Punjab Agricultural University, organized a two-day online training course on “Water and Nutrient Management in Horticultural Crops” for in-service candidates under the guidance of Dr Jaskran Singh Mahal, Director of Extension Education. In total, 32 agriculture, horticulture and soil conservation officers; scientists from PAU and its Krishi Vigyan Kendras attended the course.
Dr Tejinder Singh Riar, Associate Director (Skill Development), said that the course aimed at providing information on the current issues and advancements in the science of water and nutrient physiology, and practice of water and nutrient management in horticultural crops.
Divulging the course details, Dr Kiran Grover, Principal Extension Scientist (Food and Nutrition) and Course Coordinator, highlighted that water and nutrients represent major resources limiting and controlling horticultural production.
Dr Jaswinder Singh Brar, Principal Horticulturist and Technical Coordinator, while presenting nutritional requirements of fruit crops, emphasized that the successful fruit production requires the supply of an adequate quantity and quality of nutrients. He also explained the importance of soil, water and leaf testing for fruit crops to enhance quality, productivity and input efficiency.
Dr Mandeep Singh Gill, Horticulturist, said that the success of fruit production depends on the timing, quantity and quality of irrigation water used.
Dr Kulbir Singh, Principal Olericulturist, gave the detailed information regarding management of plant nutrition in vegetable crops. He observed that integrated nutrient management is the best for crops to fulfill their requirement.
Dr Rakesh Sharda, an expert from Department of Soil and Water Engineering, explained the use of drip irrigation and fertigation in horticultural crops.
Later, Dr Grover proposed a vote of thanks and observed that ever increasing efficiency in water and fertilizer application is required to reduce pressure on resources and increase grower’s profits.