To gain in-depth understanding of Punjab agriculture, a 30-member delegation from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA visited the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) on Friday.
The visit of the US delegation was a part of their Nebraska Leadership Education and Action Development (LEAD) Programme, headed by Terry Hejny, Director, Nebraska LEAD Programme, Nebraska Agricultural Leadership Council. The delegates interacted with the senior officials of the university.
Hejny praised the Punjab Agricultural University. He said, "We are honoured to see the achievements of this university. It deserves all round applause."
Additional director of research (natural resource and plant health management), Jagtar S Dhiman, familiarised the delegation with the genesis and research programmes of PAU. He said that the focused areas of PAU's research are depleting underground water, deteriorating soil health, crop diversification, climate change, conservation agriculture, farm mechanisation, bio-energy, and agro-processing and value addition. Dhiman also highlighted international research collaborations, salient crop production and protection technologies, and landmark achievements in crop improvement.
PS Aulakh, additional director of extension education, said that PAU has strong extension mechanism and excellent linkages with the farming community. He remarked that more than 1 lakh farmers from across Punjab and adjoining states participate in the Kisan Melas. Huge rush of farmers is seen during seed sale at PAU Kisan Mela, he added. Aulakh said that PAU also provides single window delivery system for diagnostic services, technological advice, weed management, seed, saplings, etc.