A 13-member delegation of Wyoming Leadership Education and Development Programme (LEAD), USA, visited the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) on Thursday to have a broader view of Punjab agriculture.
The delegation, comprising agriculturalists, was led by Cody Bainter, agriculture marketing specialist, Wyoming Business Council. The delegation interacted with the senior officials of PAU namely JS Dhiman, additional director of research (natural resource and plant health management); PS Aulakh, additional director of extension education; and Chander Mohan, additional director communication.
Presenting the key outlines of the research set-up at PAU, Dhiman said the university has developed and recommended 745 varieties and hybrids till date, out of which 145 have been released at the national level. The PAU has played a motherly role in green revolution, he highlighted, saying that several prestigious awards and honours have been bestowed on this landmark institution.
Explaining about the present-day farm challenges, Dhiman said that the university's research is laying thrust on the development of high yielding varieties, hybrids of field and horticultural crops; natural resource management; integrated eco-friendly management of insects, pests and diseases; and empowerment of women for farm operations and household management.
Giving an overview of the extension activities, Aulakh said that the major mandate of the directorate of extension education is to disseminate research findings among farmers, farm women, entrepreneurs and extension personnel. He informed that 17 Krishi Vigyan Kendras and 15 farm advisory service scheme across Punjab work in close collaboration with PAU for transferring latest farm technologies from lab to land. Kisan melas, workshops, campaigns, trainings, exhibitions, etc. are some of the extension activities, he added.
Earlier, while welcoming the delegation, Chander Mohan informed the visiting members about the organisational set-up and academic courses of PAU.
Cody Bainter said that their programme has been designed to help create a highly motivated cadre of agriculture leaders. Their major focus is on saving the environment, she said, while referring to Wyoming agriculture.