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The ICAR sponsored 21-day Winter School on “Approaches for Doubling Farmer’s Income Through Viable Avenues in Floriculture,” organized by the Department of Floriculture and Landscaping, culminated at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). The guests, faculty, participants, research fellows and the students were apprised of varied aspects of floriculture through lectures and field visits to different institutions of the state.

Dr Ajmer Singh Dhatt, Director of Research, PAU, who was the chief guest at the valedictory function, highlighted the importance of the winter school in the dissemination of knowledge and technologies among the institutions to pave way for the brighter prospects of floriculture. He also focused towards sensitizing the farmers on the latest varieties and technological advancements in floriculture to enhance their income and motivate more entrepreneurs to enter this field.

The guest of Honour Dr JS Arora, Former Head, Department of Floriculture and Landscaping, PAU, called for putting in special efforts to encourage more and more farmers to go in for floriculture by fostering innovation. The participants should be creative in their approach and ideas, and think beyond as to what can be achieved, he advised.

Dr Parminder Singh, Head, Department of Floriculture and Landscaping, and Course Director, while welcoming the dignitaries and the participants, informed that the winter school covered several lectures on the topics viz., flower production, protected cultivation, flower seed production, nursery management, crop breeding, pre and post-harvest management, marketing, etc., to transmute floriculture into Floribusiness. He applauded the efforts of the Course Coordinators and his faculty for making it a successful programme.

Dr RK Dubey, Professor of Landscaping, proposed a vote of thanks. Later, the participants were awarded certificates.

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