Ludhiana, December 8, 2017: The School of Organic Farming, PAU Ludhiana organized a brain storming session on ‘Organic Farming in Punjab- The way forward’. The representatives from Punjab Agro Industries Corporation Ltd Chandigarh, Regional Centre of Organic Farming Panchkula, Nabha Foundation, Kheti Virasat Mission Jaitu, Ambuja Cement Foundation Bathinda, Department of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare Punjab, Regional Research Station Ballowal Saunkhri, Organic Farming Club, Kisan Club, Natural Farmers’ Association, Bhagat Puran Singh Pingalwara Amritsar, Department of Agronomy and Department of Entomology attended the programme. The issues related to organic farming in the state were highlighted by the participants and it was felt that there is need to document and validate various indigenous technologies being used by organic growers. The participants also felt the need to promote pesticide free and integrated agriculture along with organic farming so as to provide safe food to all the sections of society. Dr SS Kukal, Dean College of Agriculture while giving the presidential remarks said that organic farming should be promoted in niche areas and integrated agriculture as a whole to produce safe food and safeguard national food security. He also stressed to have a better understanding of the weed ecology for better management of weeds under organic situations. The participants appreciated the efforts of PAU in creating a platform for different stakeholders in the state to discuss various issues related to organic farming, said Dr Charanjit Singh Aulakh, Director School of Organic Farming. Dr Aulakh further informed that the School was committed to evolve improved technologies for safe food production.

Friday, December 8, 2017