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In a concerted effort to promote innovative agricultural practices, the Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Kapurthala, under the guidance of the Directorate of Extension Education, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, organized a field day showcasing the remarkable attributes of the carrot variety “Punjab Black Beauty” in the fields of Churrpur village on February 8, 2024.

Kapurthala, renowned for its vegetable cultivation, especially carrots, with approximately 900 hectares dedicated to carrot crops in a sprawling 20,000-hectare vegetable-growing belt, witnessed a remarkable event aimed at disseminating knowledge about this exceptional carrot variety.

Dr Tarsem Singh Dhillon, Head of the Department of Vegetables at PAU, Ludhiana, graced the occasion as the chief guest, emphasizing the adoption of the PAU carrot variety, Punjab Black Beauty, due to its high iron content (1.10mg/100gm), anthocyanin (182mg/100gm), and phenols (73 mg/100gm). The variety is in demand for its potential health benefits, particularly for individuals suffering from anaemia.

Dr Harinder Singh, Associate Director (Trg.), highlighted PAU’s capability in providing various segments of carrots, including red, yellow, and purple varieties, with Punjab Black Beauty standing out for its health benefits and processing qualities.

KVK’s efforts to introduce such beneficial technologies in niche areas were underscored, with demonstrations proving satisfactory to farmers. Dr Amandeep Kaur elaborated on recommended varieties and cultivation practices, while Dr Suman Kumari delved into integrated pest management strategies for controlling insect pests in vegetable crops.

The event also highlighted the traditional use of black carrots in fermented products like Kanji, showcased by Mrs Avneet Kaur, who demonstrated its use in pickles and gajrela making. Horticulture Development Officer Miss Manpreet Kaur briefed farmers on departmental schemes, while Dr Mandeep Singh stressed the importance of growing vegetables on beds for improved water use efficiency.

Dr Tarsem Singh Dhillon acknowledged the contributions of farmers Shri Malkit Singh and Shri Phuman Singh, and Dr Bindu, Professor of Agricultural Engineering, concluded the event with a vote of thanks.

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