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Inter-state Travel Seminar on Direct Seeded Rice (DSR) Concluded

15 September 2021, Ferozepur


An inter-state travel seminar on Direct Seeded Rice (DSR) was organized to share experiences and learning of DSR adoption at the grass-roots level. This innovative seminar was organised by the Department of Agronomy, PAU, Ludhiana in collaboration with ICAR-ATARI, Ludhiana; Department of Agriculture, Government of Punjab and NABARD, Chandigarh.

The seminar began with the visit to demonstrations sites of ‘Tar Wattar DSR’ on 50 acre area in Karmuwala village of Ferozepur district of Punjab. The adopters shared the details of DSR practices and answered the queries raised by the other farmers. The caravan then moved to the DSR demonstration sites in Bhamma Landa, Badhani Gulab Singh and Ratta Khera villages where Farmer-to-Farmer and Farmer-to-Scientists interaction sessions were held on the sites itself. At last, a brain storming session was held to sum-up the learning by the farmers and gather feedback for the research and extension systems.

During the sessions, Dr. N. S. Bains, Director (Research), PAU, Ludhiana talked about the importance and role of Direct Seeded Rice in conserving irrigation water for sustainable agriculture. Likewise, Sh. Hardev Singh, Chief Agriculture Officer, Ferozepur motivated farmers to reap benefits of DSR and advised farmers to ask for bills from input dealers to avoid cases of frauds. 

Dr. Rajbir Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Ludhiana congratulated the team of scientist led by Dr. M. S. Bhullar, Head (Agronomy), PAU, Ludhiana for their tireless efforts in developing Tar Wattar technique of DSR a grand success. He also encouraged farmers to try DSR, at least in smaller fields in the beginning, to further the technology adoption on larger scale. Dr. S. S. Punia, Former Head (Agronomy), CCSHAU, Hisar, who coordinated the visit of farmers from Haryana, thanked the organizers and expressed his happiness over the sharing of experiences among the farmers of the two states.  

Dr. Jasbir Singh Gill, Scientist from PAU, Ludhiana shared his view on the technique and also coordinated the Seminar.

The seminar witnessed participation of more than 250 farmers from Punjab and Haryana, scientists and officers of different organizations and media personnel.