A five-day Vocational Training course on “Hybrid seed production In vegetable crops” was conducted from September 18-22, 2023, at Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Moga. Dr Amandeep Singh Brar, Associate Director (Trg.), KVK Moga, who pioneered the programme, shared that farmers from different villages of districts Moga attended the training course to widen their understanding regarding various aspects of vegetable cultivation.
Dr Amandeep Singh Brar, Associate Director (Trg.), welcomed the participants and shared information regarding the functioning of the KVK. Dr Brar also guided the farmers to adopt vegetable cultivation and contribute towards crop diversification in the district. Dr Brar further emphasized on self-marketing of their produce and grow wide variety of vegetables to minimize the risk of both crop failure and market glut.
Dr Prerna Thakur, Assistant Professor (Vegetable Science) in the capacity of Resource Person deliberated on various aspects of vegetable cultivation. Lectures were delivered on relevance of hybrid seeds for better yield, production techniques of quality seed production in self pollinated and cross pollinated vegetable crops. Besides, farmers were also provided information on various nursery production techniques, protected cultivation with special reference to low tunnels. Farmers were also provided practical training on hybrid seed production in brinjal.
An exposure visit was also organized to Hi-Tech Vegetable Centre at Bir Charik in collaboration with Department of Horticulture, Moga. Dr Gurpreet Singh, Horticulture Development Officer (HDO) deliberated on the importance of quality and disease free nursery to obtain high yield in vegetables. He also informed the farmers regarding availability of quality nursery of vegetables at the center. Dr Gurjeet Singh, HDO, Moga shared the crucial information regarding various subsidies available to the vegetable growers. Dr Jasbeer Singh, Horticulture Development Officer, informed the participants regarding seed production system followed for potato, pea and various other vegetables at the Potato Seed Farm. He stressed upon the use of quality seed of high yielding and resistant hybrids or varieties.
Feedback was sought from the participants so as to assess the quantum of significance of the vocational training programme and further look into the needs of the farmers. During closing ceremony, farmers held discussion with experts and Dr Prerna Thakur thanked the participants. She encouraged them to seek technical guidance from the experts to fetch better returns. The participants of the Training Programme expressed their gratitude to the organizers for the successful conduct of the training programme that had imparted much knowledge to them with regard to vegetable cultivation.