PAU organizes webinar on cultivation of maize

As many as 85 farmers, scientists and officers of development departments participated

PAU organizes webinar on cultivation of maize

Ludhiana: The Department of Extension Education, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), organized an online webinar on “Successful Cultivation of KharifMaize” under the aegis of Directorate of Extension Education in which as many as 85 farmers, scientists and officers of development departments were participated.

Speaking on this occasion, Dr Kuldeep Singh, Head, Department of Extension Education oriented the participants about the need and importance of crop diversification to save our natural resources. He called upon to shift area from paddy to maize as there are many high yielding hybrids of maize were available and PMH 13 was the newest in the list released by PAU.

Addressing the participants, Dr Surinder Kaur, Incharge Maize section threw light on different varieties of Maize viz. JC 4, JC 12 andhybrid PMH 13 developed by Punjab Agricultural University. She also advised the farmers to adopt organic farming in Maize for doubling their income.

Dr Mahesh Kumar, Senior Agronomist (Maize) explained the various agronomic practices like field preparation, sowing time, seed rate, irrigation and weed control for successful maize cultivation in detail.

Dr Lakhwinder Kaur, Extension Scientist told the farmers that maize crop play a vital role in crop diversification. She also informed the farmers that maize is source of nutrition as well as photochemical compounds which helps in preventing chronic diseases.

Dr Jagdeep Kaur, Asstt. Prof (Plant Protection), KVK Samralaimparted knowledge about various insect pests of maize and their control measures. She also informed about the diseases of maize and their control measures.

Dr Parkash Singh, Agriculture Officer, Dr Santosh Kumar, ADO and Dr Harwinder Kaur ADO threw light on different schemes provided by the department for the welfare of the farmers and advised the farmers increase their area under Maize crop.

Dr Pankaj Kumar, Extension Scientist while proposing vote of thanks encouraged the farmers that each one should bring some area under maize as this crop is integral part of our cropping system and culture as well as for sustainable agriculture development.