Under the supervision of Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA), the Punjab agriculture department on Tuesday organised a Kisan Mela here in which a large number of farmers took part and discussed their problems with experts.
Many agriculture experts taught farmers the latest methods about farming, like diversification and organic system.
A technical session was also organised and the latest technologies were explained to farmers and their queries addressed on the spot. The farmers discussed various issues with the scientists.
State agriculture director Mangal Singh Sandhu inaugurated the mela and deputy commissioner Arshdeep Singh Thind honoured the five progressive farmers of the district.
Prashant Armorikar, joint director of the union ministry of agriculture, said the department had organised the kisan mela for dissemination of knowledge of technologies related to natural resources conservation, growing of high-value crops and off-season crops with least use of pesticides under protected conditions, along with production and protection aspects.
“The farmers of Punjab have been working hard and have earned sufficient money with the help of the latest agriculture technology. The food scenario has altogether changed. Punjab has led the green revolution and earned the distinction of being the country's bread basket.
Punjab now generates the largest exportable surplus in basmati, second largest in rice in the world after Thailand and the third largest in wheat after Canada and Argentina,” he said.
State agriculture director Mangal Singh Sandhu said farmer fairs are the best approach for marginal, small and medium farmers for recycling of resources, creating employment avenues, ensuring regular income, adoption of improved technology, reduction in cost of production, and to harness the opportunities for agro-based industries.
He said, “Farmers can contact agriculture experts for knowing the latest technologies about sowing different crops in the next season on toll-free number 1800-180-1551.”
Various exhibitions on subsidiary occupation, such as bee-keeping, mushroom growing, poultry, dairy and fishery, were organised. An attractive feature of the mela was agro-exhibitions organised by the private sector relating to farm power and machinery, tubewell appliances, submersible and other motors of different horse power, gardening tools, fertiliser and pesticide industries and banking services toward farmers.
Deputy commissioner Arshdeep Singh Thind, chief agriculture officer Darshan Singh Sandhu, agriculture development officer Jaswinder Singh Brar and ATMA project director Balwinder Singh also spoke on the occasion.