The 28th national level training course on "Advances in Resource Conservation Technologies for Soil, Water and Crop Productivity" concluded at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU).
The department of soil science, PAU, organised the three-week course under the aegis of Centre of Advanced Faculty Training (CAFT), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).
As many as 25 participants from different ICAR institutes and state agricultural universities participated in the course.
In his address, the chief guest, HS Dhaliwal, dean, College of Agriculture, said, "Efforts to meet the food requirement of the burgeoning population have led to the indiscriminate use of farm inputs and excessive withdrawal of ground water. This has further resulted in degradation of natural resources."
He said that the present scenario underlines a need for sincere efforts to evolve sound resource conservation technologies to sustain soil quality and crop productivity.
Applauding the research accomplishments of the department, he said the soilsScience department had produced many stalwarts to lead the agriculture research at the national level.
HS Thind, head, soil science and director, CAFT said the resource persons from PAU, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre, Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA), and CSK Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishvavidyalaya (HPKV), Palampur, delivered lectures on issues related to resource conservation technologies.
The ICAR nominated expert, Dr Ranjodh Singh, former director (research), HPKV, Palampur. interacted with the participants.