Oz farmers visit PAU
36-member delegation from Australia came to learn about Indian agriculture
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.