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As a part of the initiative “Sensitizing farming families for sustainable water use behaviour,” the Department of Extension Education and Communication Management, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), organized a training session at Boparai Kalan village. Led by Dr Ritu Mittal Gupta, Senior Scientist, and Dr Preeti Sharma, Assistant Professor, the programme aimed to foster awareness and adoption of practices promoting sustainable water use behaviour among local farming families.

Dr Jugraj Singh, Senior Scientist, Soil and Water Engineering, shed light on the critical state of water resources in Punjab, emphasizing the importance of water-saving practices at the farm level. He also elaborated on various techniques to recharge groundwater level.

Dr Vinay Kumar, Agronomist, highlighted the condition of water in Punjab. He further discussed the usage and advantages of various water saving technologies like drip irrigation system, laser leveler, small beds for wheat, etc. The participants enthusiastically participated in the discussion.

Emphasizing on water saving at household level, Dr Mittal and Dr Sharma sensitized participants on judicious use of water while performing household chores in daily life. A video film show was also organized to encourage farming community to make sensible use of water at farming and household level. Water is precious and should be judiciously used for the future generations, added experts.

Ms Tejinder Kaur, a prominent local leader, extended her gratitude to PAU experts for selecting Boparai Kalan village for the training programme, underscoring the significance of such initiatives in fostering sustainable agricultural practices and environmental stewardship.

The session concluded with distributing water-saving kits to participants, comprising essential devices like taps, water alarm bells, showers, and informative literature on water conservation. The experts expressed gratitude to the women and farmers for their enthusiastic participation and encouraged collective efforts towards water conservation.

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