PAU Conducted Online Training Course On Direct Seeding Of Rice

By Muskaan Kher

PUNJAB: Department of Extension Education, PAU Ludhiana organized online training course on Direct Seeding of Rice under the guidance of Dr Jaskarn Singh Mahal, Director of Extension Education, PAU, Ludhiana. A total of 65 farmers and officials participated in this online training programme.The training was organized in collaboration with Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Dehlon Block and Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Samrala, Ludhiana.Dr Kuldeep Singh, Head of Department while raised concerns about depleting natural resources, urged the farmers to adopt DSR method for paddy cultivation so that precious resource water can be saved. He also called upon to shift area from paddy to maize as there are many high yielding hybrids of maize were available and PMH 13 was the newest in the list released by PAU.

DrJasvir Singh Gill, Assistant Agronomist discussed in detail the paddy cultivation through DSR method. He explained the every necessary detail that farmers should keep in mind while practicing the DSR. He emphasized that farmers should follow the recommended sowing time and varieties in DSR for reaping the maximum benefit. He also addressed the queries of the farmers to their satisfaction.Dr Dara Singh, Agricultural Development Officer, Dehlon Block explained the different schemes of the department with which farmers can be benefitted. He particularly told about the governments’ efforts to replace area under paddy to maize. He said govt. is giving subsidy to the farmers directly into accounts if they replace area from paddy to maize.

Dr Karun Sharma, Assistant Prof. (Agri. Engg.)told about various seed drills with which direct sowing of paddy could be done. He also explained the methods with which already available seed drills could be modified for the purpose of direct sowing of paddy.Dr Pankaj Kumar, Extension Scientist, who also held the proceedings of the programme called upon farmers to adopt DSR so that water could be saved for future generations. He said recommended varieties of paddy by PAU not only would give comparable yield but also reduce the straw load. He urged the farmers to remain in touch with University through e-sources during the pandemic times.

Dr Davinder Tiwari, Incharge, KVK, Samrala while proposing formal vote of thanks to the farmers and officials, told that there was machinery available at KVK for the demonstrations of DSR and farmer could avail this on the first come first serve basis.He further said KVK is all time available for farmers for addressing their problems in agriculture and allied fields.