Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, and Bayer Crop Science (BCS) jointly organised cotton field days and demonstrated good agricultural practices at villages Karamgarh Autabali (Mansa) and Bajak (Bathinda) in second week of November.
The project was initiated with an objective of enhancing cotton productivity through integrated crop solutions under public private partnership mode in the key cotton growing districts viz. Bathinda, Mansa, Sri Muktsar Sahib and Fazilka. The demo farmers Lakhvinder Singh and Baldev Singh shared that the adoption of good agricultural practices has earned them extra profit of more than Rs 6,000 per acre compared to their conventional practices.
Dr Biswajit Chowdhury, Head, Crop Management Field Crops, BCS, laid emphasis on the importance and the need for working in public-private partnership mode in helping the farming community.
He appreciated the farmers for the adoption of ‘seed to harvest’ technology which minimises the cost and enhances profit. Dr MS Bhullar, Sr Agronomist and PI of the project said the cotton training workshops and live field demonstrations conducted under the project have resulted in higher cotton yields and economic benefits to the farmers. Dr Vijay Kumar, Sr Entolmologist, highlighted the importance of selection of right cotton variety, and safe and judicious use of pesticides with right method of application to secure good cotton production. Dr Jatinder Singh Brar, Dr Gurmeet Singh Dhillon from KVK Bathinda, and Dr Amandeep Singh Brar from KVK Mansa also addressed the farmers.