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The National Committee on Precision Agriculture and Horticulture (NCPAH) sponsored seven-day training programme on “Precision Agriculture Technology including Greenhouses Management” concluded in the Department of Soil and Water Engineering, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). Farmers from Punjab and other states attended the training programme, orchestrated by the Precision Farming Development Centre (PFDC), Ludhiana.

The chief guest Dr Ajmer Singh Dhatt, Director of Research, emphasized the importance of integrating various precision agriculture technologies with the farming practices. He encouraged the farmers to initially experiment with these technologies on a small scale, gaining practical knowledge before scaling up the adoption. Dr Dhatt also commended farmers for their active participation and eagerness to learn about precision technologies, emphasizing the significance of their engagement in the process.

The guest of honour Dr Manjeet Singh, Dean, College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology, PAU, underscored the myriad benefits of precision technologies, including water conservation, yield enhancement, and addressing labour shortages in agriculture. Additionally, he emphasized the necessity of promoting these technologies among farmers and advocated for increased training sessions to further educate them on the advantages and implementation of precision agriculture practices.

In his welcome remarks, Dr JP Singh, Head, Department of Soil Engineering and Technology, told that this training programme covered several lectures on the emerging topic of precision agriculture technologies, irrigation and fertigation scheduling, and automation system for irrigation and soilless cultivation.

Dr Jugraj Singh, Principal Scientist, Department of Soil and Water Engineering, and Dr Nilesh Biwalkar, Principal Investigator (PFDC), coordinated the programme.

Dr Samanpreet Kaur, Principal Scientist, proposed a vote of thanks. The participants also shared their experiences and gave feedback about the training. Later, the participants of the training programme were awarded certificates.

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