Chief parliamentary secretary, agriculture, Gurbachan Singh Babbehali on Tuesday said the Punjab government was stressing upon the use of new farm techniques and had released a sum of `300 crore for Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, for continuing search works, while spending `500 crore for the overall development of the farm sector.
Addressing farmers at a regional kisan mela organised by PAU here with an aim to impart knowledge of new farm techniques for the winter crops, Babbehali said Punjab farmers had set a new land mark by increasing farm production. But, with the change in climate in the region and decrease in soil productivity had reduced the farm yield in Punjab.
He said the state government was encouraging the farm scientists to remove this stagnation in the farm yield.
He advised the farmers to undertake agro-based subsidiary occupations of dairy farming, bee farming, poultry farming, pig farming etc to increase their income.
He also advised the farmers to use their loans only for the purpose for which they were taken and to avoid over spending.
Babbehali inspected various stalls put up to display latest farm equipment, tools and techniques at the mela.
Farm experts answered queries raised by the farmers during the technical session of the kisan mela.
In his address, PAU vice-chancellor Baldev Singh Dhillon, underlined the importance of holding kiasn melas during which farmers got knowledge of new farming techniques.