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ICAR-ATARI, Ludhiana celebrates Van Mahotsav on 5th July 2024

             Van Mahotsav, the annual tree-planting festival of India, was celebrated with great enthusiasm at the ICAR – Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute (ICAR-ATARI), Ludhiana on 5th July 2024. The event aimed to raise awareness about the importance of trees in maintaining ecological balance and to encourage the community to participate in tree planting activities.

The event was inaugurated by the chief guest Dr Satbir Singh Gosal, Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana who emphasised the significance of Van Mahotsav and the critical role of trees in combating climate change and promoting sustainable agriculture.

 A tree planting drive was organised on the institute's premises.  Over 100 saplings of various native species were planted wherein distinguished guests viz. Dr Inderjeet Singh, Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, GADVASU, Ludhiana; Dr Manoj Kumar, Commissioner (GST), Ludhiana; Dr Nachiket Kotwaliwale, Director, ICAR-CIPHET, Ludhiana; Dr P.S. Brar, Director (Extension Education), GADVASU, Ludhiana and Dr M.S. Bhullar,  Director (Extension Education), PAU, Ludhiana had also planted trees along with ICAR-ATARI Officials.  All participants took a pledge to plant and nurture trees, emphasising their commitment to environmental protection and sustainable living.

On this propitious occasion Dr Parvender Sheoran, Director of the institute, said that the Van Mahotsav celebration at ICAR-ATARI, Ludhiana brought together individuals from various walks of life to celebrate and promote the importance of trees. The event not only contributed to the greening of the environment but also reinforced the institute's commitment to sustainable agricultural practices and environmental stewardship.