Farm experts from Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi; Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University (CCSHAU), Hisar; Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishwavidyalya (CSKHPKV), Palampur; and YS Parmar University of Forestry and Horticulture, Solan; participated in a joint technology review and dissemination committee meeting at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) on Friday.
CCSHAU director of research Surinder Singh Siwach, YS Parmar University of Forestry and Horticulture director of extension education NB Singh, CSKHPKV director of extension education Atul and IARI division of genetics principal scientist Ambrish Kumar Sharma were present on the occasion.
PAU director of research SS Gosal said the meeting was an initiative by the university vice-chancellor Baldev Singh Dhillon and it sought to strengthen the interaction among the farm universities of the adjoining states, with PAU.
He highlighted that the PAU had developed technologies, which could be followed/commercialised in other states. Gosal suggested exchange of varieties, planting material as well as production, protection and processing technologies.
He explained the new varieties/hybrids released, which include PBW 660 of wheat, PMH 8 and PMH 9 of maize, PBG 7 of desi chickpea, PBR 357 of raya, GSC-7 of canola type gobhi sarson, OL 10 of oats, Punjab barkat of bottle gourd, PC 79 of carrot, kasuri supreme of kasuri methi and matar ageta 7 of pea, alongwith their production and protection technologies.
Siwach and Sharma shed light on the salient characteristics of different varieties of crops in their respective universities.
It was highlighted in the meeting that joint efforts such as management of yellow rust of wheat, while growing resistant varieties developed by PAU in disease prone areas (adjoining HP), availing facilities of residue analysis at PAU, organising joint visits in each others landmark facilities, would prove beneficial for developing agriculture and horticulture in the region.