Punjab: Three years later, the PAU Kisan Mela is revitalised

Punjab Agricultural University Kisan Mela celebrates 60 years of service to farming community . The event occurs at a time when the university is celebrating its diamond anniversary .

LUDHIANA: On Friday, after three years of the Covid-19 pandemic, the PAU Kisan Mela got back to life, as farmers from all over Punjab and adjacent states packed the 2-day festival, aiming to reclaim the vast body of knowledge related to the farming industry.The offline event occurs at a time when the Punjab Agricultural University is celebrating its diamond anniversary, marking 60 years of service to the farming community.As the theme of the event, kisani, jawani ate paun-paani bachaea, aao Rangla Punjab banaea (Come, let use make Rangla Punjab by saving youth, farming, and natural resources) has been chosen.Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann inaugurated the celebration.

As farmers are unable to take the diseased and infected crop to the university, he said, You have to visit the farmers and their fields.Farmers should avoid using non-recommended spraying techniques.Experts must reach the fields to bridge the gap between problem and solution.I had come to this mela because no one knew me; then as an artist and now as the Chief Minister; and I had come to this mela because nobody knew me; now as an artist and now as the Chief Minister.

Punjab's minister for rural development and panchayats, NRI affairs, agriculture, and farmers welfare, Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal, said, The new times demand that the kisan (farmer) and the kheti (farming) be saved, and that farmers should avoid burning paddy straw because it pollutes the atmosphere and poses significant health risks.PAU vice-chancellor Satbir Singh Gosal encouraged the farmers to plant university-recommended crops for greater yield and profitability, diversify their cropping methods by growing horticultural crops (fruits, vegetables, flowers, and agro-forestry), use less water for its conservation, and adopt straw management technologies for environmental sustainability.Farmers receive awards at the ceremonyCive influential farmers, including a woman, were honoured at the gathering.Satpal Singh Toor (sillage Sawadi Kalan, district Ludhiana) and Amritpal Singh Randhawa (sillage Fuglana, district Hoshiarpur) were awarded the Parvasi Bharti Awards 2022 for excellence in crop diversification.

Manjit Singh (Mansa, Karanghana) was named winner of the Sardar Ujaggar Singh Dhaliwal Memorial Award 2022 for excellence in vegetable cultivation.Veerpal Kaur (Romana Albail Singh village, Faridkot) was named the Sardarni Jagbir Kaur Memorial Award 2022 by the State for promoting recognition in allied agri-occupations.Besides, four PAU scientists were praised for their contributions to agriculture, Sandeep Singh, J S Brar, K B S Gill, and Narinderpal Singh.