11 September 2021, Punjab: The Department of Extension Education, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), organized a field day on “Direct Seeded Rice (DSR)” at village Ghungrana, block Pakhowal. A total of 70 farmers and farm women participated in the programme organized in collaboration with Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare under the aegis of Directorate of Extension Education, PAU.
Dr Dharminder Singh, Senior Extension Scientist, enlightened the farmers about the wheat seed of new varieties viz. PBW 803, PBW 824, PBW 869 and motivated them to adopt these varieties developed by PAU. He also stressed upon record keeping for profitable agriculture.
Dr Kulwinder Kaur Gill, Principal Agrometeorologist, briefed about the current weather scenario, weather apps and PAU’s digital newspaper Kheti Sandesh, and various trainings organized by PAU.
Dr Jargoop Kaur, Agronomist, highlighted the benefits of DSR and motivated the farmers to adopt these kinds of practices on large scale. She emphasized on the conservation of natural resources through the adoption of water saving technologies. She also discussed various paddy straw management technologies.
Dr Parkash Singh, Agriculture Officer, block Pakhowal, shed light on the benefits of DSR and encouraged the farmers to enhance the area under DSR, which was a real water saving as well as labour saving technology. He appealed to the farmers to adopt recommended cultivation practices of paddy. He also spoke on soil testing which is important for judicious use of fertilizers, need based application of micronutrients and for sustaining agriculture.
In her welcome remarks, Dr Lakhwinder Kaur, Extension Scientist, highlighted the benefits of DSR technology in saving the depleting level of underground water. She said that the programme aimed at creating awareness among the farmers regarding the cultivation of paddy with DSR technique. She also motivated the rural community to adopt nutrition garden model.
Dr Santosh Kumar, while proposing a vote of thanks, informed the farmers about the services rendered by the Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare for the betterment of the farming community and urged them to get maximum benefit of these services.
On the occasion, a number of farmers interacted with the experts. Later, PAU literature was also provided to the farmers.