Australian Farmers Laud PAU's Research and Extension Programs
A seventeen member farmers ‘delegation from Australia visited Punjab Agricultural University to learn about the University’s agricultural programmes and their relevance with respect to farming practices in the state as well as the country.
The farmers comprising cattle breeders, oats, barley, wheat and canola growers interacted with senior varsity experts and were given presentation about the university’s salient achievements by Additional Director of Research (Crop Improvement), Dr K.S. Thind.
They were briefed about PAU’s endeavours towards sustainable agricultural practices vis a vis, early maturing high yielding paddy varieties, advances in drip irrigation and protected cultivation.
Dr Ashok Kumar, Additional Director of Research, dwelled on PAU’s focus on post harvest management practices and the gradual shift towards bulk storage systems, cold chains and refrigerated transport to encourage farmers for primary processing.
David Dowling, group leader said he was wowed by the excellent extension system of the university, connecting to thousands of farmers through fairs, field days and training programmes. Barley grower Hugh Gloster lauded the university’s excellent research efforts that, he said, made it a world famous institution.
The group later visited the Crop Museum at the Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics. They also took a tour of the University’s farm machinery displayed at the College of Agricultural Engineering.