Ludhiana, Sep 22, 2021 (Yes Punjab News)
Punjab Agricultural Management & Extension Training Institute (PAMETI) organized online training programme on “Smart Climate Strategies for Extension Professional” from 20-22 September, 2021. In all, 96 extension officials from Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ welfare and allied departments, Punjab registered for this online training programme.
Dr. Sohan Singh Walia explained about Integrated Farming System Model (IFS) that promote integration of various agricultural enterprises to combat climate change. Dr N. Balasubramani, Director (CCA) from MANAGE, Hyderabad pointed out the possible impacts of both macro as well as micro climate change on Agriculture and Livestock sectors. Experiences about the implementation of National Initiatives on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) project in Punjab was also shared in the training.
Dr Hardeep Kaur Scientist from Punjab State Council of Science & Technology highlighted the state schemes which are operational in Punjab to counteract the adverse impact of climate change. Dr. B.S. Lakhewali discussed role of trees for conservation of biodiversity, native and endangered spices of birds and animals in Punjab State.
Dr. Ramandeep Kaur Dhaliwal, Assistant Professor, GADVASU explained effect of heat stress on milk production, reproduction, nutrition & animal health and how these can be counteracted. Dr Ravinder Singh Chandi, Deptt. of Entomology, PAU, Ludhiana shared his views about the Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
He informed the participants that not all the pests are harmful and IPM is a broad ecological approach to suppress the pest population below the economic injury level and IPM stressed on using the chemicals as a last resort.
Dr Rajan Aggarwal, Deptt. of Soil & Water Engineering said that agriculture, being one of the major consumer of ground water in country as well as state, needs to be practised by keeping in mind the actual availability of water and any wastage or excess application should be checked.
Training concluded with positive feedback from trainees and they highly appreciated the lecture given by the resource persons.