The lush green campus of Punjab Agricultural University is an oasis in this city. Enhancing this oasis are the 150 date trees that have been planted in the farm area of the campus while another 150 have been ordered to cover the entire campus.
Estate officer Dr Gurkirpal Singh informed,Basically in the farm areas,we can not grow any shady trees for cropping under shady trees is not possible. We had planted a few small trees but then these would usually break when heavy machinery was taken into the fields. Palm date trees are the only answer for such an area. Dr Gurkirpal Singh is also the Director Farms at PAU.
He added,PAU has a fruit research station at Abohar and from here we have brought these 150 trees that are two-year-old and are almost four to six feet in height. We can not grow too young or too old trees for the mortality in such cases is very high. These 150 date trees have been planted from petrol pump situated in PAU to vegetable research station on one side and from honey-bee research centre onwards on the other side. The Abohar Research Station has date as one of its research components.
The Estate Officer adds,We do not plant to have too many plants. The only idea is that we are able to maintain whatever we have. The palm avenue that has been designed from gate no. 2 and extends up to the nursery will not be taken up to the Parker House on one side and the library on the other. Similarly we need to revive all the other avenues that are lying dead on the camp.
Coming back to the date trees,Dr Singh added,This is the season to plant date trees and after 10 female trees we plant one male tree so that fruiting can also take place. It will take at east eight to ten years for the trees to bear fruits. Going by the area that we have we will need at least another 150 trees and very soon these too will reach the main campus.