Eminent agriculture experts and delegates from Canada, Pakistan, the UK, Denmark, Netherlands, Australia, and the US will take part in the Progressive Punjab Agriculture Summit slated to begin in Mohali on February 16.
Lyle Stewart, Agriculture Minister of the Canadian province Saskatchewan, his counterpart in Pakistan’s Punjab Furrukh Javed, British Deputy High Commissioner David Lelliott, Netherlands Agro, Food and Technology Centre director Marijn Leijten, Australian First Secretary Chris King, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre director-general Thomas Lumpkin will be among the galaxy of delegates participating in the four-day summit.
Renowned Agriculture Scientist Dr Gurdev Singh Khush, Indian Council of Agriculture Research director-general S Ayyappan, Commission for Agriculture Costs & Prices ex-chairman T Haque, National Centre for Agriculture Economics and Policy Research director Ramesh Chand, former ICAR chief R S Parodha will throw light on various aspects of agriculture production, marketing, value addition and the scope of synergy between agriculture and agro-processing. Nearly 50,000 farmers from Punjab and 5,000 farmers from West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir will participate in the event which will be held at Baba Banda Singh Bahadur War Memorial at Chappar Chirri. On the occasion, Punjab will honour three farmers from each district of the state and as many from each state with a cash award of Rs 51,000, in recognition of their outstanding contribution to agriculture and allied farming.
Likewise, 50 experts and scientists in the field of agriculture and animal husbandry will also be honoured.
Also, a coffee-table book highlighting Punjab’s contribution in making India self-reliant in food production and ushering in green and white revolution will be unveiled at the event.
As many as 11 sessions on various topics such as challenges of Punjab agriculture and the way forward, bio-technology in agriculture, potato seed production, rearing of small ruminants, commercial dairy farming, agriculture marketing and risk management, beekeeping, investment in food and agri- processing, besides a panel discussion on handling and marketing food grains, farmers indebtedness and the future of farming will be held. The Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister will be accompanied by a delegation of 20 businessmen from Canada.