The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) is all set to hold two-day Kisan Mela on March 20 and 21.
Director of extension education RS Sidhu said the major attractions of fair will be agro-industrial exhibition, field demonstrations, soil and water testing, produce competitions, diagnosis of disorders in plant samples, sale of farm literature, farmers' interaction with experts, technical session, and cultural programme.
“The fair will focus on promoting crop diversification in Punjab and on conserving natural resources,” he added.
Different departments of PAU will put up exhibitions to showcase new farm technologies and latest agricultural practices. The department of plant breeding and genetics will inform the farmers about newly-released varieties such. Besides, experts will educate about crop production and protection technologies.
College of Home Science will educate farm women about dietary management of hypertension, food hygiene and sanitation, balanced diet for healthy living, and drudgery reducing tools.
The School of Climate Change and Agricultural Meteorology will create climate change awareness among the farmers while School of Energy Studies for Agriculture will familiarise the farmers with biogas generation from paddy straw and preparation process of bio-disease.
5 progressive farmers to be honoured
The university administration will honour five progressive farmers on the first day of the fair for setting up rare agricultural examples on Friday. The farmers will be awarded plaques, citations and cash prizes for achieving excellence in agriculture, horticulture, organic farming and farm mechanisation.
Harvinder Singh, a resident of Sangrur district, will be awarded chief minister Award for making great strides in agriculture.
Gurjit Singh Mahal from Bathinda will be awarded for excellence in horticulture. Rajinder Pal Singh of Bathinda will be given CRI Pumps Award for excellence in organic farming. Ravinder Singh Brar of Muktsar, will be awarded chief minister Award for excellence in agriculture and Ramandeep Singh from Faridkot will be awarded CRI Pumps Award for adopting farm mechanization.