In a three-day visit on 8 to 10.12.2023December, a student delegation led by Professor Kamaljit Sangha from Charles Darwin University in Australia immersed themselves in the sustainable agricultural initiatives at Punjab Agriculture University (PAU), Ludhiana, here today. Their engagement centered on exploring collaborative opportunities between the two esteemed institutions to bolster sustainable farming practices.
During the interaction with Vice Chancellor Dr Satbir Singh Gosal, the students were enlightened about PAU’s pivotal role in catalyzing the nation’s green revolution and ensuring food surplus. Dr Gosal emphasized PAU’s fruitful collaborations with various G20 nations, underscoring existing partnerships with universities like the University of Western Australia, Melbourne, and Sydney, all committed to fostering agricultural empowerment through sustainable practices. Addressing global concerns such as depleting water table and escalating global warming trends, Dr Gosal showcased PAU’s groundbreaking endeavors, notably introducing previously imported fruit species like dragon fruit and blueberries to help farmers practice diversity in agriculture.
Dr Kamaljit Sangha lauded PAU’s integrated farming model, which facilitates farmers’ transition from the paddy-wheat cycle to diverse crop cultivation. She stressed the imperative of counselling farmers on resilience developed through various farming systems and advocated policy changes to mainstream sustainable practices in agriculture.
The students explored various facets of PAU’s initiatives, visiting the School of Organic Farming’s Integrated Farming System and the Farm Machinery and Power Engineering Department and getting insights from the Soil Museum and the Rural Museum.
Earlier, Additional Director Communication, Dr. Tejinder Singh Riar, welcomed the student delegates, while Mr. Manpreet Singh, President of PAU Kisan Club, briefed him about the visit.