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Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Amritsar, under the joint initiative of Punjab Agricultural University and ICAR-ATARI, Zone-I, Ludhiana, hosted a transformative five-day vocational training course titled ‘Protected Cultivation of Vegetable Crops’ from November 20th to 24th, 2023. This intensive programme witnessed the active participation of farmers and rural youth hailing from the districts of Amritsar and Tarn Taran.

Dr Bikramjit Singh, Associate Director (Training) at KVK, Amritsar, illuminated the core mandates and operations of KVK, emphasizing the paramount significance and broad scope of protected vegetable cultivation as a supplementary agricultural pursuit. Dr Singh inspired the trainees, advocating for adopting vegetable cultivation as a means of income generation and employment creation while urging them to leverage the manifold services provided by KVK.

Dr Ajay Kumar, Assistant Professor of Vegetable Science at KVK Amritsar and the course coordinator delved into diverse aspects of polyhouse structures, low tunnels, and traditional and high-tech nursery raising methodologies. An exposure visit took place at the farm of progressive farmer S Simarbeer Singh in Sohian Khurd village. The trainees engaged in fruitful interactions and gained insights into cultivating capsicum and cucumber in a polyhouse setting.

The culmination of the training course saw Dr Ajay Kumar expressing gratitude to all participants while motivating them to turn to vegetable cultivation.

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