Inauguration the Animal Science Laboratory & Nili Ravi buffalo workshop at KVK Tarn Taran

Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Booh, Tarn Taran organized a workshop on Nili Ravi buffalo at its campus. Dr. Inderjeet Singh, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana graced the occasion as Chief Guest. About 200 farmers from different villages of Tarn Taran participated in the said programme. Deputy Directors and Veterinary Officers, Department of Animal Husbandry, Govt. of Punjab from districts such as Tarn Taran, Ferozepur,  Amritsar along with Veterinary Officers participated in the programme. Dr. K.L. Mehrara (Retd) CTO and Dr. F.C. Tuteja, Senior Scientist & Officer Sub campus, CIRB, Nabha also participated in the event. Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, GADVASU, Ludhiana said that Nili Ravi buffalo is native to Punjab and plays a significant role in fulfilling the requirement of milk and dairy products in the region. There is urgent need to conserve such buffaloes. Nili Ravi buffalo rearing can help farmers to earn handsome money. Further. Vice Chancellor inaugurated the Animal Science Laboratory at KVK, Tarn Taran in which semen of buffalo bull of Nili Ravi will be sold to the farmers of the Majha region. Dr. Balwinder Kumar, Associate Director, KVK Tarn Taran said that in this workshop livestock farmers gained latest information about Nili Ravi buffaloes which certainly will improve the breed, feeding and production potential of animal. Dr. R.S. Grewal, Director Livestock Farms, GADVASU, Ludhiana. Dr. Tejbir Singh Randhawa,  Chairman Sukhraj Singh Kirtowal, SGPC member Sh. Sukhwinder Sidhu & sarpanches of various villages were present in the event. Farmers also brought Nili Ravi buffalo & bull for display in the workshop and best buffalo & bull was awarded in the event. In the event, teaching and non-teaching staff of KVK was also present. Private companies, Self help groups and scientists from PAU, GADVASU & state departments exhibits their technology and products.  A pamphlet on Nili Ravi buffalo was also released on this occasion.



Scientific Advisory Committee Meeting Held at KVK, Tarn Taran on 04.12.2020

 3rd Scientific Advisory Committee of Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Booh, Tarn Taran, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, was held here on 04.12.2020 under the chairmanship of Vice-Chancellor Dr. Inderjeet Singh. Dr. Parkash Singh Brar, Director, Extension Education, GADVASU, Ludhiana co-chaired the session. In this meeting 40 officials including from university (GADVASU and PAU), ICAR institutes, line departments and progressive farmers participated. The Vice-Chancellor said that KVKs are an important link between research institutes and farmers as they help in transferring technologies from lab to field efficiently. He suggested the KVK to expand its area of work in agriculture sector involving livestock, fisheries, apiary, integrated farming system (IFS), and value addition and to focus the work for strengthening the small and marginal farmers of this border district. As livestock sector can lift farmers’ income substantially, he suggested the KVK scientists to disseminate the successful latest technologies of the university and other institutes to the farmers in this critical scenario. Dr Singh in his address expressed his happiness over the overwhelming response and satisfaction of the farming community with regards to activities of KVK and the strides made by KVK Tarn Taran and its associated farmers in fetching many national level awards in a short span of its functioning.

Dr. Balwinder Kumar, Associate Director of KVK, Tarn Taran presented the action taken report of the previous SAC meeting as well as progress report of the previous year and also discussed proposed action plan for the year 2021-22.

In this meeting Dr. Nachiket Kotwaliwale, Director ICAR-CIPHET, Ludhiana; Dr. Arvind Kumar, Principal Scientist from ICAR-ATARI, Ludhiana, Chief Agriculture Officer, Deputy Directors from Department of Animal Husbandry, Punjab Dairy Development Board, Department of Horticulture, Project Directorate ATMA, DDM NABARD, Head Department of Agronomy, PAU, Incharge FASC Tarn Taran; CDPO, Patti; Bank official, Soil Conservation officer and progressive farmers gave valuable suggestions for framing the future action plan of KVK.

In the end, Dr Balwinder Kumar, Associate Director, KVK, Tarn Taran thanked all the committee members for their participation and valuable suggestions.


Online Workshop for farmers on Direct Seeded Rice Organised by KVK Tarn Taran

The Krishi Vigyan Kendra working under the administrative control of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University organised online workshop on management of direct seeded rice on 30.07.2020. Thirty one farmers from district Tarn Taran, Ferozepur and Kapurthala participated in online programme. Dr Balwinder Kumar, Deputy Director (T), KVK, Tarn Taran welcome all the participants and highlighted the importance of direct seeded rice. He said that due to labour shortage for paddy transplanting owing to COVID-19, many farmers have adopted direct seeding of rice in Punjab including Tarn Taran district. He said that KVK expert are visiting the farmers’ field regularly to inspect direct seeded rice and giving guidance to the farmers in managing it. Dr. Simarjit Kaur, Senior Agronomist, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana was the lead speaker on the occasion. Dr Simarjit Kaur, Senior Agronomist discussed in detailed about the production technology and weed management in direct seeded rice. Dr Kaur elaborated about identification of weeds and choosing right herbicide according to particular weed. She said that the herbicide should be sprayed at ideal stage or at 2-3 leaf stage rather than allow weeds to develop followed by spray on later stages. The herbicides become ineffective once they established, so the right stage of spray is very much important. Dr Anil Kumar soil expert at KVK interacted with farmers on the aspect of fertilizer management. He especially focused on iron deficiency management in direct seeded rice. The farmers also interacted with experts on DSR especially on weed management.

Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Booh, Tarn Taran got couple of projects

Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Booh, Tarn Taran, working under the administrative control of  Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) bagged 2  projects entitled on Development of low cost fruit fly traps for Cucurbit Vegetables and its demonstration at farmers’ fields in border area of district Tarn Taran of Punjab, India” funded by National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) and Promotion of water saving technologies in horticultural crops for the farmers of district Tarn Taran, Punjab funded by Department of Soil and Water Conservation, Punjab.

Dr Nirmal Singh, Assistant Professor (Horticulture) and Principal Investigator of both projects said that the two-year project will be implemented at farmers’ fields in 8 Blocks of district Tarn Taran through training of farmers. On-farm demonstrations will be conducted in cucurbit crops and low cost fruit fly traps will be developed and distributed amongst cucurbit growers of the border district. He added that low cost fruit fly traps will provide pesticide residue free cucurbit vegetables and save labour charges.

Dr Nirmal elaborated that second project will help to raise the irrigation as well as nutrient use efficiency and crop productivity. There will be saving in overall irrigation water. The farmers will be able to irrigate more area per unit of irrigation water used. He also told that the drip irrigation unit will be installed at KVK farm to demonstrate water saving through drip irrigation to the farmers of the district. The farmers can grow various horticultural crops using water saving techniques.

Dr. Balwinder Kumar, Deputy Director, KVK, Tarn Taran said the both projects would be proven as boon to the farmers of the district especially to the vegetable growers of the district. He said the incidence of fruit fly cause huge economic loss to the cucurbits growers in the district and this project will help farmers in developing low lost fruit fly traps their own. The KVK will provide training to the farmers on said aspect. Whereas, second project will helps in demonstrating water saving technologies especially through drip irrigation to the farmers.

Dr. Inderjeet Singh, Vice-Chancellor; Dr. J P S Gill, Director of Research; and Dr H K Verma, Director of Extension Education, congratulated the project team and wished them to success in improving income remuneration of small and marginal farmers of district Tarn Taran.

KVK Tarn Taran participated in 92nd Foundation Day and Award Ceremony of the ICAR organized on 16th July, 2020

ICAR-ATARI, Zone-1, PAU, Ludhiana has received the prestigious Nanaji Deshmukh ICAR Award for Outstanding Interdisciplinary Team Research in Agricultural and Allied Sciences-2019 for the management of crop residues in Punjab. This prestigious award carries an amount of Rs. 5.0 Lakh and a citation. Hon’ble Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomar ji was the Chief Guest of the occasion. The award was given through video conferencing by Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Hon’ble Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Minister, Govt of India; Shri Parshottam Rupala and Shri Kailash Choudhary, Hon’ble Ministers of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra (DG), ICAR on the occasion of 92nd Foundation Day of ICAR (16 July, 2020)  to recognize and incentivize excellent efforts for ensuring positive change towards sustainability and clean environment in which Dr. Rajbir Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI Zone-1, Ludhiana was team leader and Programme Coordinators of different KVKs were associated as team members. Among the different KVKs from Punjab, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Tarn Taran was one of the associated team member from KVKs of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University for this award. It is pertinent to mention here that KVK Tarn Taran has done exemplary work in management of crop residue in the district Tarn Taran. KVK Tarn Taran has made six villages i.e. Booh Havelian, Jauneke, Sohawa, Burj Poohla, Dadehar Sahib and Thathian Khurd crop residue burning free. The work of farmers associated with KVK Tarn Taran regarding crop residue management was appreciated by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Sh. Narendra Modi Ji in “Mann Ki Baat” on 28th October, 2018 as well as by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Punjab Capt. Amarinder Singh Ji on 14th September, 2019. Dr. Inderjeet Singh Hon’ble Vice Chancellor and Dr. H.K. Verma, Director Extension Education, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana congratulated the team KVK Tarn Taran for being a associated member for prestigious Nanaji Deshmukh ICAR Award.

Dr. Inderjeet Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana visited at Regional Research and Training Center and KVK, Booh Tarn Taran

Dr. Inderjeet Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana along with Dr. Harish Kumar Verma, Director, Extension Education, Dr. Satyavan Rampal, DSW-cum-EO, GADVASU, Ludhiana and Jagwinder Jit Singh Grewal, Additional Deputy Commissioner (General), Tarn Taran, Dr P Malhotra, Incharge visited and inspected the ongoing construction work of Regional Research and Training Center on Buffaloes at village Booh, district Tarn Taran. Sh. Sukhwinder Singh Sidhu, Vice-Chairman Block Samiti, Patti, KP Gill PA to MLA Patti, Sukhraj Singh Kirtowal and Sarpanchs of village Harike and Booh were also present. Dr Balwinder Kumar, Deputy Director (T), welcomed the Vice-Chancellor and other officers at KVK and provided information about the land of RRTC and ongoing activities of KVK to the team. At the RRTC site, Dr Singh critically examined the work and provided valuable suggestions for setting up various infrastructures at this center. He said that the work of RRTC will be completed as soon as possible and the buffalo center will one of the best outstation University center for providing facilities to the livestock farmer in the entire Majha region.

At KVK, Vice-Chancellor visited the exhibition and various demonstration units. The Vice Chancellor also interacted with individual scientist and discussed about their thrust area and activities. He also visited Soil & Water testing and Home Science lab and provided valuable suggestions for providing maximum scientific information to the farmers of the area. Later Vice Chancellor along with Director Extension Education and KVK team visited Farmer Field School on integrated Pig cum Fish farming unit established under the guidance of KVK at village Chappri Sahib. The Vice Chancellor interacted with farmers and provided useful tips for efficient management and marketing of livestock. The farmers also requested Vice Chancellor to help them in strengthening this sector. In the end Dr. Balwinder Kumar thanked the Vice Chancellor for his first visit to university outstation at RRTC on buffaloes and KVK Booh, Tarn Taran and also congratulated him for their joining as Vice-Chancellor of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana.

Krishi Vigyan Kendra Tarn Taran organized Farmer webinar on “Livestock production vis-à-vis Covid-19 pandemic”

Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Tarn Taran working under the administration control of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana organized an online workshop entitled “Livestock production vis-à-vis Covid-19 pandemic” on 04 June, 2020 from its campus. During this event, about 50 farmers and farm women from Tarn Taran and other districts of Punjab have participated. Initiating the technical session, Dr. Balwinder Kumar, Deputy Director, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Tarn Taran welcomed all the participants and described about livestock status in the district. Dr. H.K Verma, Director Extension Education, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana interacted with livestock & fisheries farmers and motivated them to take a step forward in livestock rearing & fish farming by following veterinary university recommendations in order to escalate their dairy and fishery farm income. He also said that university scientists dedicatedly worked during lockdown period to help dairy farmers through mobile advisory. He highlighted about the training facilities provided by the university to potential and existing dairy farmers. Dr. A. P. S. Sethi, Department of Animal Nutrition, College of Veterinary Science, GADVASU, Ludhiana and Dr. R. K. Sharma, Director, Regional Research and Training Centre Talwara explained about feed management practices and solved the gynecology & breeding related issues in dairy animals faced by dairy farmers. Management of livestock in summer season by protecting the animals from heat stress was also shared with the farmers. Dr. Balwinder Kumar shared information related to fodder and milk production for dairy animals. Dr. Kumar also urged farmers to take a pledge to take care of environment by planting trees and through avoiding crops residue burning on the coming World Environment Day.

KVK, Tarn Taran organized Five Days Training Program on ‘Insight different techniques in value addition of meat products for self employment’

Five days vocational training programme on Insight different techniques in value addition of livestock products for self employment was organized by Krishi Vigyan Kendra, GADVASU, Booh, TarnTaran from 24.02.2020 to 28.02.2020 at village Sabhra district Tarn Taran. A total number of 45 farmers and farm women have participated in this training programme. Dr. Balwinder Kumar, Deputy Director (Training), KVK, Tarn Taran welcomed all the participants and disseminated awareness regarding scope of value addition in the field of livestock sector. Scientific knowledge on various techniques of value addition and its importance was highlighted in this training for self-entrepreneurship of farmers, farm women and rural youth for economic upliftment.

Mrs. Piverjeet Kaur Dhillon, Assistant Professor (Home Science) stressed upon variety of technologies and machinery developed by GADVASU and KVK. She also motivated the trainees to form self help groups in order to establish small scale ventures for value added livestock products. Dr Bhanu Prakash. Ch Assistant Professor (Fisheries) highlighted the importance of value addition in fish products by guiding the participants about numerous cuisines prepared from fish.

Additionally, live demonstration of chicken and pork products were conducted by University experts Dr Pawan Kumar, Assistant Professor, Livestock product technology, Gadvasu, Ludhiana. Besides, Milk value addition techniques such as preparation of paneer, flavored whey drink and sweetened flavored milk have been demonstrated to the trainees by dairy technologists Dr. Rekha Chawla and Dr. Venus Bansal during their exposure visit at College of Dairy Science and Technology, Gadvasu, Ludhiana.

Mrs. Piverjeet Kaur Dhillon proposed vote of thanks at the end of the training and thanked the trainees for making training program a grand success. Farmers expressed their happiness for conducting such informative training programme.    

Skill Development Training Programme on Soil and Water Testing Lab Analyst completed successfully at Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Tarn Taran

Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Tarn Taran organized 240 hrs skill development training programme on ‘Soil and Water Testing Lab Analyst’ from 22.01.2020 to 20.02.2020 at its campus, Booh. This training programme was sponsored by Agriculture Skill Council of India, Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Govt. of India and Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR), ATARI, Zone-I, Ludhiana. Training was provided to the 20 peoples. Theoretical knowledge and practical demonstrations on various aspects of soil and water testing were provided to the trainees for the purpose of developing skill and self entrepreneurship for economic upliftment. The training programme included 4 exposure visits to Citrus Estate Hoshiarpur; Soil Science Lab, PAU, Ludhiana; PAU Seed Farm, Usman, Tarn Taran and Organic Fest 2020 at Amritsar, where activities related to training course were carried out. The coordinator of the course Dr Anil Kumar, Assistant Professor (Soil Science) elaborated the course curriculum of soil and water testing lab analyst job role provided by ASCI. The training broadly covered estimation of soil physical properties (soil texture, bulk density, moisture estimation, water holding capacity, etc.), soil chemical properties (pH, EC, organic carbon, available macro and micronutrients in soil) and water quality parameters such as pH, EC, carbonates, bicarbonates, chlorides, calcium, magnesium, residual sodium carbonates, etc. in irrigation water. The trainees practically involved in estimation of different soil and water parameters. The preparation of soil health and water quality cards were learned by the trainees followed by interpretation of the results and finally recommendation based on soil and water test obtained to sustain soil and crop health. The trainess were also involved in calculation of fertilizer doses to supply nutrients in soil through different sources of fertilizer. The soil health management tips were provided to the trainees involving judicious use of organic (biofertilizers, FYM, crop residue, green manuring, etc.) and inorganic sources (fertilizers) of nutrients. Dr HK Verma, Director of Extension Education, GDAVASU, Ludhiana interacted with the trainees at Ludhiana during exposure visit and motivated them for creating awareness among farmers on soil and water testing after learning practical skills from this training. Dr Balwinder Kumar, Deputy Director (T) of KVK focused on the importance of training programme and told that how this course would be helpful in developing or learning skills in the field of soil and water testing. During valedictory function at the end of the training course, Dr Anil Kumar proposed thanks to all the trainees, resource persons, KVK faculty & staff, ICAR-ATARI and one & all for their support and successful completion of said training programme.