Theme at this years fair is Pawan Guru Pani Pita,Mata
Dharat Mahatt,a line from the Guru Grant Sahib
If it is not the tractors,then it is the SUVs that prove to be the major attraction for the farmers who thronged the two day Golden Jubilee Kisan Mela that opened at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) on Wednesday. The theme for the mela this year was picked a line from the Guru Grant Sahib Pawan Guru Pani Pita,Mata Dharat Mahatt (Conservation of air,water and soil health).
Farmers could be seen thronging the stalls put up by SUV sellers. Kuljit Singh a farmer from Mullanpur says,Owning a SUV is a passion and dream of every farmers. It is a symbol of pride these days just like a tractor.
It is another issue that the Chief guest of the mela Dr G S Kalkat,Chairman,Punjab State Farmers Commission. In his address to the farmers,he advised them to keep off wasteful expenditures.
Voicing concern over the increasing consumption of drugs and alcohol among rural youth and farmers suicide due to increasing indebtedness,Dr Kalkat urged the gathering to refrain from superfluous expenditure and develop a sense of social responsibility.
Dr Kalkat expressed concern over the depleting underground water table in Punjab. Stating that the situation can worsen if not paid immediate attention,he called upon the farmers to sow crops other than paddy to check the water depletion.
He advised the farmers to make use of PAU-developed technologies such as Laser Land Leveler for leveling the field and Happy Seeder for judicious use of resources. Dr Kalkat emphasised on paying attention to the plight of small farmers in view of their decreasing per capita income.
Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon,Vice-Chancellor,PAU,noted that unmindful of the consequences,farmers are making excessive use of fetilisers and water. Their use should be made as per need,he stressed.
The farmers should take advantage of the university evolved technologies such as tensiometer (irrigation scheduling) and leaf colour chart (need-based nitrogen application,) for the conservation of natural resources and to get better yield in view of the rising population. PAU has developed two new varieties of paddy including RYT 3129 and RYT 3240,which are being experimented at the farmers fields.
Referring to the the Daisy Tangerine Propagation Plan, Dr Dhillon said that it is a new mandarin hybrid,budded on Carrizo root-stock. It has shown good performance and the multiplication of root-stock through tissue culture has also been planned.
To promote kinnow cultivation in the state,university has produced 70,000 nursery plants this year. The target for next year is one lakh plants, he disclosed.
New strategies are required for the effective transfer of technology to the farmers. There is a strong need to curb the menace of social evils eating into the vitals of the society,he emphasised.
The seeds of paddy varieties PR-114,PR-118 and maize variety J-1006 were in great demand. Six thousand vegetable kits were also sold.