CHANDIGARH: Punjab Horticulture Minister S. Chetan Singh Jauramajra, on Tuesday, met a high-level delegation from Israel to discover alternatives for collaboration in advancing agricultural applied sciences in Punjab. Building on the present partnership in horticulture initiatives, the assembly emphasised the necessity for a digital revolution in farming.
During the assembly with Ms. Hadas Bakst, Political Domestic Advisor Embassy of Israel New Delhi, at his workplace right here at Punjab Civil Secretariat, Cabinet Minister S. Chetan Singh Jauramajra acknowledged that the underground water in Punjab is depleting quickly, a crucial difficulty that wants pressing consideration. He requested the Israel delegation to offer high-yielding and illness/virus-free horticultural varieties requiring much less water. The Cabinet Minister additionally referred to as for offering farm-to-market know-how to facilitate the advertising and marketing of all Kinnow produce within the occasion of a bumper crop within the state.
He highlighted key areas for collaboration, together with digital options for pest management, local weather and soil monitoring programs, AI for crop yields, choice assist programs, drones for harvesting and sprays, in addition to precision farming software program options. The dialogue additionally touched upon the potential of year-round cultivation in greenhouses and hydroponic farming to handle the rising demand for meals.
The Horticulture Minister, whereas emphasizing the introducing high-tech agricultural equipment, harvesting machines, tree shakers, cultivators, rotary mulchers and particular discipline robots, centered on extending to sensor technology-based irrigation programs and modern storage options for environment friendly and sustainable farming.
Addressing the necessity for developments in citrus cultivation, S. Chetan Singh Jauramajra proposed the combination of By-Product Technologies to handle bio-waste successfully. He mentioned that on a mean a single piece of Kinnow mandarin fruit accommodates 45-50% juice and the remainder of the proportion is occupied by peel, rag and seeds, which to this point of no use. So introduction of latest equipment at processing items for administration of bio-waste of citrus akin to extraction of limonin, peel oil and so on. will assist lots.
He additionally requested to introduce new patented citrus varieties, rootstocks proof against pests and the cultivation of latest crops like Dragon Fruit and Raspberries.
In the vegetable sector, the Minister advocated for the introduction of Parthenocarpic (seedless) forms of melons, single-picking forms of peas and tomatoes appropriate for mechanization and brinjal varieties proof against fruit and shoot borers. He confused the significance of greens grafting with rootstock proof against pests and illnesses, in addition to the event of processing forms of greens, particularly tomatoes.
The Cabinet Minister underlined the necessity for biodegradable and slow-release fertilizer know-how in horticulture, together with the utilization of bio-pesticide know-how to manage pests and illnesses. He proposed the incorporation of instantaneous sensor-based applied sciences to detect nutrient deficiencies in horticultural crops.
Looking in the direction of the long run, the Minister expressed curiosity in adopting international tendencies in agricultural extension programs. Besides this, he conveyed the intention to ship a delegation of 10 to twenty officers to Israel to witness firsthand the modern applied sciences that might be applied in Punjab, in the end enhancing the livelihoods of farmers within the area.
Director Horticulture Mrs. Shailender Kaur additionally emphasised on built-in worth chain Center of Excellence institution in Punjab in collaboration with Israel know-how to scale back Post harvest losses in horticulture crops.
Ms. Hadas Bakst mentioned that Israel is eager to boost technological collaboration in agriculture and horticulture sectors with the state of Punjab. She talked about that consultants degree conferences will likely be held in February and March, which is able to deal with delivering the most recent know-how and introducing new horticultural varieties to handle the state’s depleting groundwater points. Besides this, Ms. Hadas highlighted the continuing operation of two facilities of excellence in Punjab by authorities of Israel, emphasizing the continued sharing of agricultural applied sciences.
Prominent amongst others who had been current within the assembly included; Director Horticulture Mrs. Shailender Kaur, Assistant Director Horticulture Dr. Harpreet Singh, Dr. Daljit Singh and Dr. Balwinder Singh, Horticulture Development Officer Mrs. Balwinderjit Kaur and different officers.