24 March 2021, Punjab, IN: With an aim to make farmers aware of agro-advisory services and weather related mobile apps, the Communication Centre of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) organized farmers’ awareness camp at village Siar near Rara Sahib. The camp was organised in collaboration with the Department of Extension Education, PAU, under the aegis of Gramin Krishi Sewa (GKMS), Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Government of India. Nearly 20 farmers in different groups participated in the camp and discussed their agrarian issues with PAU experts. Dr TS Riar, Additional Director Communication, PAU, was the chief guest and Dr Kuldeep Singh, Head, Department of Extension Education, PAU, was the guest of honour.
Dr Riar advised the farmers to adopt PAU recommended practices and read University farm literature regularly for latest updates on agriculture.
Dr Kuldeep Singh, while throwing light on the extension services of the University, urged the village people to fortify the village society. He assured full support from PAU for the development of village.
Dr Kulwinder Kaur Gill, Principal Agrometeorologist, presented an overview of GKMS project and called upon the farmers to develop links with PAU to get weather based agro-advisories and information about other new practices developed by the University. She also informed about mobile apps launched by IMD.
Dr Sandeep Singh Sandhu, Principal Agronomist, dwelt upon latest cultivation techniques of wheat and usage of Leaf Colour Chart recommended by PAU for the judicious use of urea.
Dr Yuvraj Singh Pandha, Entomologist, delved upon the occurrence of different insect-pests in wheat crop and their management.
Dr Lavleesh Garg, Extension Specialist, informed about different training programmes conducted by Skill Development Centre, PAU for the benefit of farmers.
Dr Harwinder Kaur, Agriculture Development Officer, explained the adoption of one additional crop i.e. summer moong in rice-wheat system, which is being practiced by the farmers.
Dr Parminder Singh, Agriculture Officer, highlighted various schemes functional in the state for the welfare of farmers.
Dr Pankaj Kumar, Assistant Professor, Department of Extension Education, welcomed the dignitaries, resource persons and the participating farmers.
Mr Pargat Singh, Sarpanch of the village, proposed a vote of thanks and lauded the efforts of the University experts in the organization of the programme. Mr Ranjeet Singh Panch was also present on the occasion.