19 May 2021, Punjab, IN: The Department of Extension Education, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), organized a farmer-scientist interface on “Direct Seeded Rice” in collaboration with the State Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare. The interface was held under the guidance of Dr Jaskarn Singh Mahal, Director of Extension Education, and Dr Kuldeep Singh, Head, Department of Extension Education. A total of 40 participants including scientists from PAU, Agriculture Development Officers from the State Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare and farmers from different blocks of Ludhiana district participated in this interface.
Initiating the discussion, Dr Kuldeep Singh shared the importance of Direct Seeded Rice (DSR) technology and stressed upon the need to take up this technology on a wider scale to help save water and labour cost in Ludhiana district.
Dr Jasvir Singh Gill, Assistant Agronomist, Department of Farm Machinery and Power Engineering, shared the experience on DSR technology and provided important tips in this direction. He also shared the results of the Lucky Seed Drill and its methodology and addressed the queries of the participants.
Dr Sherajit Singh Mand, Area Extension Officer, Sidhwan Bet and Dr Parkash Singh, Area Extension Officer, Pakhowal Block from the Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Ludhiana shared their personal experiences of DSR and feedback of the farmers.
A farmer from village Singhpura, Siddhwan Bet, S Kartinderpal Singh said DSR technology works very well when executed under able guidance and produces wonderful results. He remarked that last year, he had about 5.5 acres of his land under DSR technology but this year he is going to bring his 13 acres of land under DSR technology.
The participants had a productive discussion during the interface and it was decided that the Department of Extension Education will be demonstrating the DSR technology in various blocks of Ludhiana district in coordination with State Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare to give it a wider coverage among the farmers.