Punjab State Farmers Commission Chairman inaugurates fair,says many farmers are diverting to livestock professions like Dairy,Poultry and Fisheries
Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University (GADVASU),Ludhiana,inaugurated its 12th Pashu Palan Mela on Wednesday with the theme Kheti Vibhinnta da eh uttam badal,Machhi Palan te Pashu Palan nu karo safal. (The best option of agriculture diversification is to develop fisheries and livestock professions).
Dr G S Kalkat,Chairman,Punjab State Farmers Commission inaugurated the mela. While inaugurating mela,he said that livestock professions are emerging as noted professions now a day.
A number of farmers are diverting towards Dairy,Poultry and Fisheries as full fledge profession. These professions also offload the burden of agriculture.
The vet varsity is doing well in the field of animal and livestock care. Dr B S Dhillon,PAU V-C,the was guest of honour on the occasion.
Dr V K Taneja,GADVASU vice-chancellor,said that diversification within the livestock professions is also a need of the hour. Not only dairy farming but fisheries,poultry,piggery and goat farming are the fine diversification options in livestock.
Value addition of Products may diversify these professions in a different mode. We are conducting a number of efforts to explore the new avenues in livestock professions.
We can develop a number of value added products from a single raw product,it increases demand and scope of marketing many times. GADVASU showcased all his research,education and extension programmes at the Pashu Palan mela for the benefit of livestock farmers.
Taking place twice a year in March and September,it brings with its zest and excitement. This two-day event at the mela ground of GADVASU provides a platform for farmers,scientists,extension workers,dairy officers,fodder & fisheries officers,various veterinary pharmaceuticals and agri-business firms and the banking sector to show their experience and information on the latest knowledge,technologies and schemes which have come up in the livestock sector.
Dr R S Sahota,director of extension education,revealed that a large number of people showed their interest in taking up goat,pig and fishery farming and especially enquired about their training programmes. University publications on different subjects of livestock farming were also available.
Different Departments of University provided useful literature to the farmers. Various departments of College of Vety Science put up their stall in the Mela and tried their best to transfer their valuable inputs and recommendations to farmers.
The excellent germplasm of the University in the farm of cows,buffaloes,goats,pigs,poultry and quails were demonstrated to the livestock farmers. A separate question-answer session was held for the livestock farmers where the farmers queries were addressed.
Experts delivered talks on the various aspects of livestock,poultry and fish farming and the mechanism and procedures to overcome the common problems faced by them. Live demonstrations on various aspects along with mastitis diagnosing kit,teat dip practice and acaricide drug application were also demonstrated to the farmers.
College of Dairy Science & Technology introduced Yog-ice cream,a new variant of ice cream. Likewise value-added products of meat and milk like Mithat Dahi,flavoured milk,lassi,ice-cream,Dhodha sweet,nuggets,egg pickles. Meat pickles and patties are also displayed by the College of Dairy Science & Technology and Department of Livestock Product Technology.