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A farewell party was organized in the Department of Vegetable Science of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) to bid adieu to Sh Buta Singh Romana, Senior Extension Scientist, who attained superannuation after serving in various capacities for nearly 32 years.

Dr AS Dhatt, Director of Research and Additional Director of Research (Horticulture and Food Science), said that the void created by the retirement of extension worker like Sh Buta Singh was difficult to be filled. “He has played a dynamic role in changing the face of vegetable cultivation in Punjab. His major contributions include monitoring and surveillance of vegetable/crops, training of farmers regarding new varieties/techniques and hybrid seed production of vegetable crops,” added Dr Dhatt.

Dr GS Buttar, Director of Extension Education, lauded the role of Sh Buta Singh in the upliftment of farmers of Punjab in general and Sangrur district in particular.

Dr TS Dhillon, Head, Department of Vegetable Science, congratulated Sh Buta Singh and praised his commendable work in dissemination of technologies like hybrid seed production of vegetables, especially chili hybrids CH-27, and net-house/poly-house cultivation of capsicum, cucumber and tomato. “During his service tenure, Sh Buta Singh worked on deputation with various agencies organizations like M/S Pepsi Foods Ltd. (1995-2001), Punjab State Farmer’s Commission, Mohali (2007-2026) and Punjab State Seed Corporation (2022-2023). During these postings, he was assigned special duties like monitoring of vegetable crops in Malerkotla and conducting trials/demonstrations on multiple cropping system, trellis system in cucurbits, low tunnel technique and weed management in vegetables,” he added.

Sh Mohinder Singh Sidhu, Chairman, Punjab State Seed Corporation (popularly known as chilli king of Punjab), shared that Sh Buta Singh has worked in close collaboration with him during his service as District Extension Specialist (Sangrur) and General Manager, Punjab State Seed Corporation. Workers like Sh Buta Singh were hard to find, said Sh Sidhu.

While conducting the programme, Dr Neena Chawla, President, Vegetable Science Club, threw light on multifaceted contributions of Sh Buta Singh in the field of vegetable cultivation in Punjab.

Others present on the occasion were Dr Davinder Tiwari, Ex-OSD to Agricultural Minister, Punjab and various progressive farmers of Punjab.

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