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Impressed by the Punjab Agricultural University’s remarkable contribution to the holistic development of agriculture, a group of 50 farmers from Alwar district of Rajasthan visited the Skill Development Centre today to obtain training, gain hands-on-skill expertise and learn about the advanced farm technologies. Conducted under the leadership of Dr MS Bhullar, Director of Extension Education, the exposure visit provided guidance on mushroom growing, farm mechanization and skill trainings to the farmers.

Dr Rupinder Kaur, Associate Director (Skill Development), informed that several farmers, rural women and youths were drawing monetary benefits from PAU imparted hand-on-trainings in agriculture and allied fields.

Extension Scientist Dr Lavleesh Garg explained the emergence of mushroom cultivation as side business along with agriculture due to low investment, profitable returns and for meeting the rising demand of the ever-increasing population. He informed the farmers about PAU’s massive contribution (45 per cent) to research, development and recommendation of farm machinery at the national level. The farmers also visited the research hall of Farm Machinery and Power Engineering at PAU.

Expert Dr Prerna Kapila outlined the key skill trainings such as crop diversification, water saving technologies, subsidiary occupations (beekeeping; mushroom production; food processing; dairy, pig, goat, poultry and fish farming, etc.) and women related enterprises such as tie and dye, garment embellishment, bakery and confectionery, etc. Later, she proposed a vote of thanks.

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