Directorate of extension education of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has invited applications from farmers of the state for the Innovative Farmer Awards 2015.
The awards will be presented to the progressive and outstanding farmers for their excellence in agriculture, horticulture and allied activities during PAU Kisan Mela in March 2015.
Divulging details, RS Sidhu, director of extension education, said, 'Chief Minister Award in Agriculture', carrying a cash prize of Rs 25,000 along with a plaque and citation, will be bestowed on a self-cultivating farmer of field crops in Punjab.
He added that three 'CRI Pumps Awards' will be awarded to self-cultivating farmers for adopting improved water management technologies, farm mechanisation in agriculture and organic farming. All awards carry a cash prize of Rs 10,000 each along with a plaque and citation.
Sidhu said that application forms for the awards can be obtained from deputy directors (training) of Krishi Vigyan Kendras, district extension specialists (senior most), Farm Advisory Service Scheme, chief agriculture officers, deputy directors of horticulture in different districts of the state and PAU directorate of extension education.
For each award, a separate application will be accepted, he said, while informing that the last date for the receipt of the application in the office of PAU director of extension education is December 31. The interested farmers should apply for the awards in time, he said.