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LUDHIANA: The two-day Kisanconcluded at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) on Friday. Farmers and rural women thronged the campus, where field demonstrations of farm technology, question-answer sessions for visiting farmers, sale of farm literature and purchase of improved seeds and other planting material were held
Winners of various competitions were presented with certificates and prizes on the concluding day. In the category of vegetables, Malkit Singh of Bathinda, Sikander Singh of Fatehgarh Sahib, Sukhdev Singh of Kapurthala, Satvir Singh of Bathinda and Hardev Singh of Gurdaspur won the first prize in okra, karela, chillies, ram tori and brinjal, respectively.
Satwinder Singh of Patiala, Sukhwinder Singh of Sangrur and Manjit Singh of Sangrur stood first in radish, cucumber and arbi. Tirath Singh of Sangrur bagged the first prize in onion andghiya kaddu.
Parwinder Singh of Fazilka, Ravi Pingra of Fazilka, Sukhdev Singh of Bathinda and Kulwinder Singh of Sangrur stood first in malta, sweet lime and lemon andamla.
In the category of flowers, Avtar Singh of Sangrur and Nachhatar Singh of Bathinda stood first in gerbera and cut/loose rose, respectively. In field crops, Darshan Singh of Ropar, Sandeep Singh of Sangrur and Mukhtiar Singh of Hoshiarpur stood first in maize, sugarcane and groundnut.
In field demonstrations, the departments of plant breeding and genetics, vegetable science and agronomy, PAU were awarded first, second and third prize.
Among PAU stalls, departments of plant pathology, entomology and soil science stood first, second and third. The Punjab Naujwan Kisan Sanstha of Sangrur, Gurdaspur and Bathinda bagged first, second and third prize, respectively.
In home science competitions, Charanjit Kaur of Moga won the first prize in preparation of nutritious products using oilseeds and in tape finishing. Besides, Roohiat Kaur of Jalandhar and Rupinder Kaur of Ludhiana stood
first in the drawing competition and envelope decoration.
In the category of farm machinery and implements, the first prize went to New Holland Pvt Ltd, Faridabad for tractors, Agriculture Industries Pvt Ltd, Sangrur for combines, BCS India Pvt Ltd, Ludhiana for reapers, threshers and self-propelled equipments, Tirath Agro Technologies Pvt Ltd, Gujarat for tractor-driven implements, Honda SIEL Power Products Ltd, New Delhi for electric motors, engines and pumping sets, Falcon Garden Tools Pvt Ltd, Ludhiana for tools and sprayers, Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd, Jalgaon for water saving tools and machines, IFFCO, Ludhiana for fertilizers, Bayer Crop Science, Ludhiana for pesticides and Kitchen Collection, Ludhiana for agro-processing machinery.
In his concluding remarks, chief guest, Dr SS Siwach, director, research, Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar urged
farmers to learn about new farm innovations.
Vice-chancellor Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon lauded farmers for reducing the use of fertilizers and water. He said, "Use of fertilizer Diammonium phosphate (DAP) has decreased up to Rs 600 crore and depleted water table has risen from 95 to 55 cm in 2014-15
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