The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) will host the two-day Kisan Mela from Friday on the campus. The university’s centre of communication revealed the contribution of different departments on Wednesday. “All departments will put up stalls where scientist and students will be interacting with the farmers in their preferred language,” said the officials.
The department of fruit science and vegetable science would throw light on Punjab Agricultural University fruit fly traps, new techniques of propagation in fruit plants, storage and ripening techniques and recommended varieties of vegetables.
The departments of entomology and plant pathology would give field demonstrations on integrated pest management in different crops, control of whitefly in cotton with recommended pesticides, beekeeping as a subsidiary venture, management of yellow and brown rusts in wheat, seed treatment for management of bacterial blight of rice, among.
The department of agronomy and soil science would delve into rice residue management, weed control in wheat and rye, bi-directional sowing of wheat, leaf colour chart technology, soil testing, and recycling of crop residues in fields.
The department of microbiology would acquaint the farmers with mushroom cultivation technology, use of bio-fertilizers for various crops and natural vinegar production from sugarcane and grapes.
The department of processing and food engineering and food science and technology would apprise farmers of agro- processing, vegetable washing machine, value added and health food products and preparation of fruit and vegetable products.
PROTECTION FROM BIRDS
The department of zoology would give tips for the protection of crops from harmful birds and methods to control rodent pests while the department of forestry and natural resources would give marketing tips for poplar and eucalyptus in Punjab.
The departments of farm machinery and power engineering and soil and water engineering would explain the raising of a mat nursery, working of mechanical paddy transplanter and direct seeding rice machine, use of drip and sprinkler irrigation system, cultivation of vegetables in poly house and net house and groundwater recharge through rooftop rainwater harvesting.
AWARENESS ON CLIMATE CHANGE
The School of Climate Change and Agricultural Meteorology would create climate change awareness among the farmers and inform them about SMS weather alerts.
The School of Energy Studies for Agriculture would explain about biogas generation from paddy straw and forced circulation solar dryer for turmeric drying.
The College of Home Science would give demonstrations on solar cooker, solar dryer and hold competition in preparation of paper bags.
Director of extension education PAU RS Sidhu urged the farmers and farm women to participate in the mela in big number. While talking to the vice chancellor BS Dhillon, he said, “Kisan Mela/Divas plays an important role in dissemination of latest farm information and agricultural technologies among the farmers.”
Under one roof, farmers are acquainted with the new technologies through live demonstrations, exhibitions and technical sessions, he added.
They can interact with the scientists, share their farm issues, visit live demonstrations, participate in produce competition and question-answer session and purchase improved seeds and farm literature, he said. Not only this, Kisan Mela would also apprise farm women of allied agriculture enterprises and other beneficial procedures.