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Dr M S Gill,Director of Extension Education,Punjab Agricultural University,said the university is creating awareness about the need to conserve natural resources for overall development.

Written by Express News Service | Ludhiana | Published: February 19, 2010 10:36:21 pm

PAU kisan melas to be held in March 
Dr M S Gill,Director of Extension Education,Punjab Agricultural University,said the university is creating awareness about the need to conserve natural resources for overall development.  He said the theme of the PAU kisan melas to be organised in March has been decided as ‘Conserve Natural Resources for Prosperity of All’. Gill added that five kisan melas will be organised at different places. Gurdaspur residents can enjoy the mela on March 9,while it will be held at Ballowal Saunkhri (near Balachaur) on March 11,at Rauni (near Patiala) on March 15,at Ludhiana on March 18-19 and at Bathinda on March 22. Dr Gill said new technologies for Kharif crops through stalls,exhibitions and field demonstrations will be showcased.  He added that the farmers will get the opportunity to interact with experts for any technical guidance and there will be plants,improved seeds and farm literature on sale. 

Punjab officials attend agriculture workshop
The PAU Department of Soil and Water Engineering organised a training camp on micro irrigation in collaboration with the All India Coordinated Research Project on ‘Application of plastics in agriculture’ for officials of the Punjab Department of Soil Conservation. Dr M S Gill,PAU Director of Extension Education,listed the importance of micro irrigation and covered cultivation. He said fertigation and protected cultivation are important for resource conservation adding that the latest technologies lead to enhanced production and profitability by producing quality crop production. According to Dr Rakesh Sharda,27 officials participating in the training will be provided tips on the micro irrigation system,its use in vegetables,fruit crops,fertigation and maintenance of the system. The Precision Farming Development Centre regularly organises training programmes for farmers as well as for officers of the state departments,Sharda said.

PNB grants loans to 10 LPG autos
In an endeavour to support eco-friendly vehicles,Punjab National Bank okayed loans to 10 LPG autos without collateral security,which is normally a must before the purchase of any vehicle.

College celebrates birth anniversary of patron
Master Tara Singh College celebrated the 96th birth anniversary of former patron Surjan Singh Thekedar on Thursday. Cabinet minister Hira Singh Gabria was the chief guest on the occasion. Principal Dr Parveen Kaur Chawla highlighted the achievements and sacrifices of Surjan Singh Thekedar. Artistes of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur and Baba Kundan Singh Martial Arts Academy exhibited their gatka skills while students from the music department presented a soulful performance. Meanwhile,Cabinet Minister Manoranjan Kalia released the fifth issue of the quarterly magazine Punarjot of the Punarjot Eye Bank.

CIPHET signs MoUs with firms for commercial use of meat processing technologies
Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with three entrepreneurs on Thursday,licensing them to use meat processing and value addition technologies developed by the institute for commercial use. The entrepreneurs will be using CIPHET’s brand name along with their products to attract consumers. After signing the pact,CIPHET Director Dr R T Patil said hygienic practices and simple marketing tools play an important role in attracting consumers to buy meat products. He added that India had potential for marketing processed meat products at higher prices as opening of multinational food joints like KFC and McDonalds had generated demand in the high end segment. “Processing needs to go hand-in-hand with production,if producers want to fetch a good price,” he added. Senior Scientist Dr Suresh K Devatkal said the entrepreneurs were trained in meat processing and value addition technology in the Livestock Products Processing laboratory of CIPHET. The entrepreneurs are Badresh Mehta from Dr Emu Products,Maharastra, Dr C S Srinivas from Pragathi Hatcheries,Karnataka and Ashok from Kamraj Integrated Farm,Tamil Nadu.

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