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Moga farm officer given credit for bumper crop

Surinder Maan, Hindustan Times  Moga, March 30, 2013
First Published: 21:47 IST(30/3/2013) | Last Updated: 21:49 IST(30/3/2013)

State award winner young agriculture development officer (ADO) Jaswinder Singh Brar on Saturday earned another honour from the state agriculture department.

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The new award is for his contribution to bumper wheat crop last season on the government seed farm at Raunta village in this district. The production was better than the output of all other state farms. Brar was honoured during the state-level meeting of the chief agriculture officers of the state in Moga.

The average wheat yield in the district last year was 54 quintal from each hectare, highest among all the government farms of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) and the state agriculture department. The average yield across the state was 50 quintal a hectare.

“A bumper wheat crop is expected on the government seed farm at Raunta this year because of the use of Happy Seeder,” said the director of the state agriculture department, Mangal Singh Sandhu. Last year, a record production of wheat (56 quintal a hectare) was achieved on the Raunta farm, largely because of the contribution of the farm manager, ADO Jaswinder Singh Brar.

Brar is ADO at Moga since June 1996, where he holds camps, field days, and demonstrations for farmers. His job is to minimise the time between the evolution and adoption of new agricultural technology. “The officer is extremely honest and intelligent,” said Sandhu.

Senior leaders of agricultural trade unions, led by Bhupinder Singh Maheshri, state general secretary of the Bharti Kisan Union (Lakhowal), met chief minister Parkash Singh Badal during a sangat darshan programme at Maheshari village and appreciated Brar's contribution to farmers' welfare and social work.

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