In all, 18 farmers participated in the two-day training course on 05.10.2023 “Nursery Raising of Vegetables,” organized at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) under the guidance of Dr GS Buttar, Director of Extension Education. The course was conducted in association with the Department of Vegetable Science, PAU.
Dr TS Riar, Associate Director (Skill Development) and Additional Director Communication, observed: “Vegetable cultivation is gaining momentum due to its never-ending demand, feasibility for diversification, curbs in expenditure and increase in income in the light of commercial and domestic cultivation.”
Dr Prerna Kapila, Co-Coordinator, reiterated the importance of vegetable cultivation that required healthy nursery and less space for fruitful production.
Dr Ruma Devi, Technical Coordinator, while delving upon the scope of growing of vegetables, explained the healthy nursery raising of cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower which was the most sought after round the year. Nursery raising as an occupation can result in productivity, profitability and sustainability, she added.
Experts Dr Dilpreet Singh, Dr Rajinder Dhall, Dr Suresh Jindal, Dr Jiffinbir Singh, Dr Harsimranjit Kaur Mavi, Dr Harpreet Singh Bhullar, Dr Rupeet Kaur Gill and Dr Sayeed Patel dwelt upon hi-tech vegetable farming, nursery raising of cucurbitaceous vegetables, tomato and brinjal cultivation in net-house, nursery production of onion, economics of nursery raising, insect management in vegetables, identification of diseases and their control in vegetables, and kitchen gardening, respectively. Besides, trainees also visited vegetable research farm for practical training.
Mrs Kanwaljit Kaur proposed a vote of thanks.