The Punjab government will hold the first Progressive Punjab Agriculture Summit-2014 on February 16 at Chappar Chiri (Mohali).
This decision was taken on Thursday by chief minister Parkash Singh Badal while presiding over a preliminary meeting held here with the top brass of the state to review arrangements for this summit. Badal approved a five-day programme of the summit, including an exhibition.
The chief minister said the main objective of the summit was to give an impetus to the agro-based economy of the state by showcasing various technical aspects being introduced by the state government for agricultural development.
Badal directed the officers to identify national as well as international institutions to ensure their participation in the summit, apart from inviting a large number of progressive farmers, agriculture experts and leading agriculture companies from across the globe.
About 12 technical sessions on various agro subjects would be conducted during the five-day programme. The last two days would be dedicated to the horticulture sector in which participation of several countries is expected. During the summit, progressive farmers, scientists, researchers and other persons who have contributed enormously to the development of the agricultural sector would be honoured.