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The Department of Vegetable Science, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), conducted a two-day vocational training course titled “Nursery Raising and Protected Cultivation of Vegetable Crops” for the SC students.

Dr Tarsem Singh Dhillon Head, Department of Vegetable Science, discussed the importance and scope of protected cultivation of different vegetables like, tomato, capsicum, brinjal and cucumber. Traditional and high-tech nursery raising methodologies were also explained in the training programme.

Dr Kulbir Singh, Course Coordinator, welcomed all the trainees and initiated the programme by highlighting the significance of maintaining healthy vegetable nursery and adopting protected cultivation techniques to ensure quality vegetable production.

A subject matter specialist Dr Salesh Kumar Jindal discussed tomato, capsicum and cucumber cultivation in poly/net-house. He also gave detailed information about the importance and scope, status of protected cultivation in Punjab.

Dr Madhu Sharma, a vegetable scientist, elaborated the method nursery raising of different vegetable crops.

Dr Dilpreet Talwar, Assistant Professor (Vegetable Science), motivated the students to adopt protected cultivation technology as entrepreneur.

Experts Dr Angrej Singh and Dr Dnyaneshwar A Madane, explained different types of protected structures, including hydroponics, aeroponics and nutrient film techniques.

Dr Sukhjeet Kaur and Dr Rupeet Gill, vegetable science experts, focused on nematode management and disease control of vegetable crops in protected structure. Later, certificates were distributed among the participants after the completion of this training programme.

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