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PAU’s Department of Farm Machinery and Power Engineering at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has started a comprehensive 21-day winter training programme focusing on agricultural machinery for effective crop residue management. The event will see participation from representatives of diverse agricultural organizations across various states in India, along with approximately 20 students from PAU and its affiliated Krishi Vigyan Kendras.

The inaugural session witnessed the presence of esteemed guests, including Chief Guest Dr Manvinder Singh Gill, Dean of Post Graduate Studies, accompanied by Dr Manjit Singh, Dean of Agricultural Engineering College, Dr Mahesh Kumar Narang, Head of Farm Machinery and Power Engineering Department, and Dr HS Sidhu, Principal Engineer. The course coordinators, Dr Arshdeep Singh Sanghera and Dr Manpreet Singh played a pivotal role in organizing the programme.

In his presidential speech, Dr Gill highlighted PAU’s significant contributions to developing agricultural machinery in India. He emphasized the urgent need for collaborative efforts among governments, policymakers, machinery experts, and farmers to address the critical issue of crop residue management. He expressed optimism that the training programme would contribute substantially to future research and solutions in this crucial area.

Dr Manjit Singh, Dean of Agricultural Engineering College, underscored the economic, environmental, and social dimensions of managing agricultural waste, particularly straw. He stressed the importance of interdisciplinary approaches and the necessity to develop new technologies for both in-field and out-of-field utilization of straw.

Dr Narang provided an overview of the programme, including practical demonstrations, experiments, and expert lectures. Dr Arshdeep Singh warmly welcomed the participants, and Dr Manpreet Singh conducted the ceremony.

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