In a state majorly dependent on agriculture, the state government has left no stone unturned to ensure they are well trained and made aware about the latest advancements in the agriculture techniques.
The Centre for Excellence for Vegetables at Kartarpur, Jalandhar-Amritsar road, spread over 15 acres, on which the government spent over Rs 9.73 crore is today a major attraction for farmers where they are not only educated about the latest technology but also to encourage them to opt for diversification.
In addition to keeping them acquainted with the latest in the farming sector besides also helping them know how to produce vegetable seeds which are free from disease. Several thousand farmers have benefited from the centre for excellence and over 16 lakh saplings have been given away to the farmers.
As regards protected cultivation of vegetables are concerned training programmes are held time and again which is helping the farmers community to a great extent. Besides they are also informed about several other measures for crops like the green houses etc.
It doesn’t end at training as last year the government had given hybrid seedlings of different vegetables. These had included capsicum, brinjal, tomatoes and cucumber and the best part of this was that it had been ensured these seedlings were free from any kind of disease.
At par with international standards
The centre for excellence is an outcome of the Indo-Israel agreement. The centre provides for the best available infrastructure and other facilities and the intent of the government to give the farmers best is evident from the fact that 13 acres of land is reserved for cultivation, while the remaining goes in development of infrastructure.
While some cultivation has been done in open spaces, there is a lot in poly houses as well. In addition farmers are also given lessons on how to improve their yield by a proper mix of water, fertilizers and pesticides. Technical support is being rendered by experts from Israel.
The Unique Poly Houses
There are two kinds of poly houses, which include a high-tech one which has come up on 2000 square yards and is being used to produce those vegetable seedlings which are in great demand for exports while the naturally ventilated poly house on 6000 square yards is being used for producing seedlings of new varieties of capsicum, small corn, and other vegetables.
The distinct feature of this centre for excellence is 6 units of net house, 8 walk-in-tunnels which have a controlled temperature and humidity levels for different vegetable seedlings.
There are about 30 such centres of excellence across the country, which are practicing Israeli technology, which has brought about extraordinary results to farmers. The centre also strengthens the ties between two countries India and Israel.
This is also helping the farmers in not only using the best and latest technology in the farm sector but also to export to Europe, US and Middle East countries.