PAU invites applications for innovative farmer awards

Farmers to be honoured during the Kisan Mela in Sept 2022

The Directorate of Extension Education of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana has invited applications from the farmers of Punjab for the innovative farmer awards 2022 to be conferred during the Kisan Mela in September.

Giving details, the PAU director of extension education Ashok Kumar said Sardar Dalip Singh Dhaliwal Memorial Award, carrying cash prize of Rs 5,000 along with plaque and citation, will be awarded to a self-cultivating farmer of field crops in Punjab.

The Parwasi Bharti Award, carrying a cash prize of Rs 8,000 along with plaque and citation, will be given to a self-cultivating farmer engaged in a diversified farming system, he added. Further, Kumar said, “Sardar Ujagar Singh Dhaliwal Memorial Award will be conferred on the self-cultivating vegetable grower, who puts at least 60% area of their operational holding under vegetable crops in winter as well as summer seasons. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 3,100 along with a plaque and citation.”

Besides, the Sardar Surjit Singh Dhillon Award, carrying a cash award of Rs 5,000 along with a plaque and a citation, will be bestowed on the self-cultivating small farmer (having land up to 5 acres), he informed.

Sardarni Jagbir Kaur Grewal Memorial Innovative Woman Farmer Award will be presented to a farm woman involved in agriculture and allied agri-enterprises in Punjab. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 3,100 along with a plaque and a citation, he said.

In addition, Bhai Babu Singh Brar Best Pond Award will be awarded to the village panchayat/town for maintaining the best pond in their respective area. Carrying a cash award of Rs 20,000 along with a plaque and a citation, the award will be given on the basis of cleanliness of water, management of pond and use of water for various purposes, he said. The minimum area of the pond should be 2 kanal (1,000 square yards) with a depth of 4 feet.

Kumar said the application forms for the awards can be obtained from associate/deputy directors (training) of Krishi Vigyan Kendras, directors of Regional Research Stations, district extension specialists (senior most) of Farm Advisory Service Centres, chief agricultural officers, deputy directors of horticulture in different districts of the state and directorate of extension education, PAU.

The last date for the receipt of applications in the office of Director of Extension Education, PAU, is July 15, 2022, he informed. For each award, a separate application will be accepted. Kumar called upon the farmers and village panchayats/towns to apply for the ‘Innovative Farmer Awards 2022’ in time.

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