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The Kapurthala district of Punjab, renowned for its potato seed production, witnessed a dynamic collaboration between farmers and scientists at a Farmer-Scientist Interface organized by the Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) on February 16, 2024. The event, held at the KVK campus, aimed to introduce two new high-yield potato varieties, PP-101 and PP-102, developed by the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana.

The interface was inaugurated by Mr Sajjan Singh Cheema, Halka Incharge, AAP, who lauded the efforts of PAU to bring innovative and productive potato varieties to the region.

Dr Amandeep Kaur, Associate Professor (Vegetable Science), welcomed the participants and highlighted the benefits of adopting these new varieties, which boast an impressive yield potential of 444.8q/ha (PP-101) and 461.5q/ha (PP-102).

Dr Mandeep Singh, Assistant Professor (Agronomy), emphasized the importance of using bio-fertilizers to enhance potato yield and quality, while KVK scientists introduced resource conservation technologies to promote sustainable farming practices.

The event was well-received by the attending farmers, who expressed satisfaction with the performance of the new varieties showcased at the KVK farm. Dr Harinder Singh, Associate Director (Training), assured farmers of KVK’s continued support, including access to the new variety PP102 seeds.

The Farmer-Scientist Interface concluded with a field visit to the KVK farm, offering participants a firsthand look at the application of innovative agricultural practices.

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