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Regional Workshop on Natural Farming for Kandi Region organised

3rd March, 2021, Nawanshahar, Punjab

ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Ludhiana organized Regional Workshop on Natural Farming:  Opportunities and Constraints in Kandi Region of North India at Regional Research Station, Ballowal Saunkahri, Nawanshahar, Punjab, on 3 March 2021. The workshop was attended by the scientists, heads of KVKs and farmers from the three states of north-western area having Kandi area viz. Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir.

Padam shree Awardee Dr. BS Dhillon, Vice Chancellor, PAU, Ludhiana and the chief guest of the workshop stressed upon collaborative efforts in the field of researchers and extension to overcome the constraints of organic and natural farming in Kandi Region of North-western India. Dr. Dhillon further advised that research experiments should jointly be conducted at Regional Research Centre, Ballowal Sounkhri and scientists working for standardization of technologies for Kandi region should visit these experiments frequently.  He also suggested to formulate a group of scientists across Kandi area and major findings suitable for Kandi region should be published jointly. He also emphasised upon the need of agro-processing and efficient marketing for maximizing profits of the farmers especially in the Kandi area.

Dr. Parvinder Kaushal, Vice Chancellor, Dr. YSPUHF, Solan appealed to all the universities having Kandi area in this region to make concerted efforts for the organic and natural agri-production in Kandi region that has common crops across the states. Dr. Kaushal signified the importance of system’s approach and integrated farming system along with organic farming in order to make small and marginal farmers of the Kandi area more resilient to the failure of agri-enterprises and subsequent income shocks.

Dr. J. P. Sharma, Vice Chancellor, SKUAST, Jammu, joined the workshop online and shared his views about the development of organic farming in Kandi region. He also highlighted the technological gaps which hinders development of the Kandi region to a great extent in addition to lack of availability of quality land and water resources.

Rajbir Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI Ludhiana shared his views on the importance of natural farming in the present scenario and its potential in the future. He also explained the main purpose of this regional workshop and role played by the KVKs of the zone in developing organic farming in the region. Dr. RK Kataria, Dean, College of Agriculture, CSK HPKV Palampur highlighted the salient achievements of Zero Budget Natural Farming and future prospects of natural farming and its implications in Kandi area.

Earlier, Dr. Manmohanjit Singh, Director RRS Ballowal Saunkhari welcomed the guests to this workshop and introduced the concept and specificities of the region in relation to the organic and natural farming.

Dr. CS Aulakh, Director, School of Organic Farming PAU Ludhiana; Dr. GD Sharma, Head Department of Organic Farming, CSK-HPKV, Palampur; Dr. Vikas Sharma, Head, Department of Soil Sciences, SKUAST, Jammu; Dr. Ravi Shankar, Project Coordinator, Network Project on Organic Farming, Modipuram and Dr. Rajesh K Rana, Principal Scientist, ICAR-ATARI Ludhiana were the subject matter experts who shared the salient findings of organic farming.