20 August 2021, Punjab: The Skill Development Centre under the aegis of the Directorate of Extension Education, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, organized a five day online training on Organic Farming from August 9- 13, 2021. A total of 31 farmers and farm women participated in the training.
Dr. Kuldeep Singh Sandhu, Associate Director, Skill Development, explained about the importance of organic farming. Dr. Rupinder Kaur, Course Coordinator said that the training in the troubled pandemic times is a knowledge booster for the farmers and farm women to increase their working skills.
Dr. C. S. Aulakh, Director, School of Organic Farming, PAU, Ludhiana thoroughly explained about Organic farming standards & certification, Dr. A. S. Sidhu (Technical Coordinator) explained about Organic cultivation of field crops, Dr. Neeraj Rani explained about Organic Manures and vermi-composting for improving soil fertility, Dr. Jupinder Kaur explained about the role of bio-fertilizers in improving soil health, Dr. Subhash Singh shed light on insect-pest management in organic farming, Dr. Manmohan Dhakal informed disease management practices, while Dr. S. S. Walia introduced the organic integrated farming system. Dr. Manisha Thakur and Dr. Kuldeep Singh Bhullar explained about Organic farming of vegetable and fruit plants respectively. Cultivation of aromatic and medicinal Plants was discussed by Dr. Rajinder Kumar, while Dr. Khushdeep Singh Dharni gave tips on marketing strategy for organic products.
Farmers’ queries were taken up at the end of the training. Dr. Lavleesh Garg explained about the ‘UDDAM’ & ‘UDDAN’ programme of PABI project. He further stressed that the Skill Development Centre; PAU will organize more online training for farmers and farm women in the near future.
Dr. Rupinder Kaur proposed the vote of thanks and urged the participants to utilize the training knowledge in their general life and also in their profession.