Oz farm­ers visit PAU

36-mem­ber del­e­ga­tion from Australia came to learn about In­dian agri­cul­ture

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A 36-mem­ber del­e­ga­tion of Agri-pass Group (AGP), Australia, vis­ited the Pun­jab Agri­cul­tural Univer­sity (PAU) on Thurs­day to gain sci­en­tific know-how of In­dian agri­cul­ture and to apprise them­selves of the re­search, teach­ing and trans­fer of tech­nol­ogy pro­grammes of the univer­sity.

The del­e­ga­tion, com­pris­ing pro­gres­sive farm­ers and tech­ni­cians, vis­ited the plant clinic at PAU Farm­ers’ Ser­vice Cen­tre and the ex­per­i­men­tal ar­eas and re­search farms of the de­part­ments of plant breed­ing and ge­net­ics (PBG), agron­omy, vegetable crops and en­to­mol­ogy. Mem­bers of the del­e­ga­tion were also given a tour of the PAU


Mu­seum of Ru­ral Life of Pun­jab.

Mark Jago, a pro­gres­sive farmer from Australia, di­vulged that about 10% of the Aus­tralian pop­u­la­tion was in­volved in agri­cul­ture.

“In­ten­sive farm­ing is prac­tised in Australia and dif­fer­ent crop va­ri­eties are raised in the vast ar­eas of cen­tral Australia,” he said.

In­form­ing that wheat, bar­ley and canola were the ma­jor crops of Australia, Jago said sev­eral chal­lenges were crop­ping up in Aus­tralian agri­cul­ture such as short­age of farm labour­ers, de­clin­ing num­ber of youths in farm­ing, ex­pen­sive lands, con­struc­tion of build­ings on agri­cul­tural lands and es­ca­lat­ing costs of farm­ing, in­clud­ing fer­til­iz­ers.

Ma­ree Cahill, an­other mem­ber of the del­e­ga­tion, said the main ob­jec­tive of their visit to the PAU was to gain in-depth un­der­stand­ing of the func­tion­ing and work­ing of ex­ten­sion sys­tem of the univer­sity, field prob­lems of the farm­ers, timely dis­sem­i­na­tion of agri-in­for­ma­tion and tech­nol­ogy to the farm­ing com­mu­nity as well as the sub­si­dies be­ing pro­vided to them on var­i­ous crops.

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