The Department of Vegetable Crops of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU),in association with the Punjab Horticulture Department and Agro Help Aid Societies of Mushkabad and Sahauli,organised a field day-cum-seminar on Protected Cultivation of Vegetables. More than 650 farmers from all over Punjab participated in the programme,supported by the National Horticulture Mission (NHM).
Punjab Director of Horticulture Dr L S Brar,who was the chief guest on the occasion,said that special emphasis is being laid on poly-houses,subsidised inputs and vegetable hubs. He apprised the farmers of various schemes being implemented by the Horticulture Department for the promotion of vegetable cultivation in the state. Dr Brar also informed that the Department is encouraging vegetable cultivation by holding such seminars and field days. He released a booklet Sabjian di surakhiat kheti,which covers all aspects of vegetable cultivation under low tunnels,net-houses and large poly-houses.
In his presidential remarks,PAU Director of Research Dr S S Gosal highlighted the research work undertaken by the Vegetable Department in the field of protected cultivation. Better quality and income enhancement are the focus areas of the protected cultivation of vegetables,he said and advised farmers to reap the benefits of PAUs new recommendations.
PAU Director of Extension Education Dr M S Gill lauded the progressive nature of Punjabs farmers and exhorted the participants to strengthen their linkages with university scientists by utilising their expertise and the latest technologies designed by them.
Head of the Department of Vegetable Crops Dr P S Brar spoke on the various recommendations made by PAU. Technical lectures on cultivation of vegetables,especially capsicum,tomato and brinjal,were delivered by various scientists.