The Department of Agriculture, S.G.G.S Khalsa College, and Mahilpur organized an educational visit to Kissan Mela on 23 rd March 2018 at Punjab Agricultural University Ludhiana for B.Sc. Agriculture students. Visit was
organized as per Panjab University recommendation regarding syllabus of B.Sc. Agriculture (4 year course). Visit was organized with the prior permission of principal of S.G.G.S Khalsa College, Dr. Parvinder Singh, by the initiative and efforts of Dr. Pratibha Chauhan (Head of Department), along with staff members, Mrs. Manpreet Kaur, Ms. Amanjot Kaur, Mr. Suraj Kumar and Ms. Rajneet Kaur. Eighty students left the college for visit on 23 rd March 2018 at 8.00 a.m. along with faculty, Mr. Suraj Kumar, Ms. Amanjot Kaur and Mrs. Manpreet Kaur in two buses of college.
The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) is gearing up to hold its two-day Kissan Mela in Ludhiana on March 23 and 24. Lakhs of farmers from Punjab and adjoining states are expected to participate in the Kissan Mela, which was based on the theme “Cut farm expenses, use water and fertilizers judiciously; adopt subsidiary occupations and increase farm profit substantially.” The students inspected various stalls related to agriculture such as horticulture, farm machinery, dairy farming, plant breeding, entomology, plant pathology, floriculture and landscaping. Various departments of PAU were highlight production, protection and resource conservation technologies. Experts motivated to farmers of the newly recommended varieties,. Moreover resource conservation technologies including zero tillage in wheat, barley and raya, bed planted wheat, drip irrigation and fertigation in sunflower and spring maize, organic wheat, use of PAU-Leaf Colour Chart in wheat, rice, maize and Bt cotton, and green manuring in rice/basmati and biogas generation from paddy straw were also be one of the focus areas. Exhibition will also highlight health food products, dietary management, farm machinery and equipment including Super SMS, PAU happy seeder, PAU maize dryer, multi crop planter, vegetable washing machine, turmeric polishing machine etc. The sale of multigrain flour, pickles, fruit squashes, tomato ketch-up, multigrain cookies, oat meal cookies, and multigrain porridge will be another highlight of the Kissan Mela. Flower seed and fruit plants (kinnow, daisy, lemon, sweet orange, grapefruit, guava, amla, ber, papaya, etc.) were also be sold to the farmers.
At the end of the mela, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, has called upon farmers to participate in the fair along with their families. With focus on crop diversification and natural resource conservation, PAU experts would exhort farmers to diversify their fields using alternative crops and adopt new techniques regarding judicious use of water, agro-chemicals and other farm inputs, thus, leading to income enhancement and sustainable agriculture, he said. Live demonstrations and interaction with experts, purchase of quality seed and farm literature; and participation in produce competition have always been the main attractions of the Kissan Mela, he said. In nutshell, the students gained the valuable and vital knowledge of agriculture and enjoyed this worthy informative trip.