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PAMETI advocated conservation of agrobiodiversity in Punjab

    Punjab Agricultural Management and Extension Training Institute (PAMETI) organized an online training programme on “Promoting Agrobiodiversity, Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights (PPV&FR) Act and IPR” from 18-20 January, 2022. The training was for the benefit of extension officials from state agriculture and allied depts.., Milkfed, Markfed, Dept. of Cooperation and ATMA in which 85 officials got registered.

    Ms. Bharti Madan, DD(IT), PAMETI informed that the objective of the programme was to create awareness about the concept and importance of agrobiodiversity conservation. Agrobiodiversity is diversity in flora and fauna that are used directly or indirectly for food and agriculture and it is the foundation of sustainable agricultural development. Training was an effort towards creating understanding about agricultural technologies which not only ensure food security but also sustainability of biological resources.

    Dr H S Dhaliwal, Director PAMETI during his inaugural session, informed participants about the status of biodiversity in India as well as in the state. He said that developing a common understanding of all the stakeholders about the agrobiodiversity conservation is necessary to implement it at the field level. He urged the participants to thoroughly discuss different aspects of the subject with the experts so that its practicalities on ground can be worked out. Training was also aimed to provide an understanding about the protection of rights of breeders, researchers and farmers with respect to various plant varieties as defined in PPV&FR act and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR).

    Dr S S Gill, Former Director, Directorate of Extension Education, PAU, took introductory session and emphasized on the need to conserve the agro biodiversity in the state. Dr B S Lakhewali from PAMETI discussed different kinds of trees and their importance. Training also included sessions about importance of indigenous livestock breeds, role of Indigenous Technical Knowledge and Integrated Farming System in preserving agro biodiversity. Programme ended with positive feedback from the participants.

PAMETI created awareness about Role of Artificial Intelligence in Agriculture and Allied Sectors

    Punjab Agricultural Management & Extension Training Institute (PAMETI) organized a two day training programme on “Artificial Intelligence in Agriculture and Allied Sectors” from 06-07 Dec., 2021. The programme was meant for the extension functionaries from state agriculture, allied departments, Milkfed, Markfed and Dept. of Cooperation. A total of 75 candidates registered for this programme.

    The objective of this online training programme was to help trainees understand the meaning of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its relevance in agriculture and allied sectors. Training was focused on various AI applications and their practicalities in today’s agricultural scenario. Discussions about future scope and potential of AI technologies for helping farmers take better decisions were also part of the training.

    Dr Manjeet Singh, Professor, Dept. of Farm Machinery & Power Engineering, PAU took the introductory session. He explained the concept of AI through examples. He also talked about various innovative AI projects in agriculture. Sh Ritesh Mukherjee, Associate Director from C- DAC, Kolkata, interacted with trainees about meaning and use of Big Data analytics. Training also included sessions on Expert System and use of AI in livestock sector. Participants clarified their queries from the experts and pointed out that scientists should work out on making these technologies cost effective so that more number of farmers may use them in future.

PAMETI emphasized strengthening of agricultural extension through FPOs

    Punjab Agricultural Management & Extension Training Institute (PAMETI) organized 4 day collaborative online training with MANAGE Hyderabad on “Strengthening Agricultural Extension through FPOs” from 22 to 25 Nov, 2021 in which 50 participants registered from Agriculture & Allied departments, ATMA, SAU, KVK and FPO from all over India. The objective of the training was to make the participants aware about incorporation and management of the operations and finances of FPO. The training program was inaugurated by Dr K C Gummagalmath from MANAGE, Hyderabad and Dr Harmeet Kaur from PAMETI.

    Mr Pavan Kumar , CS from Legalin Chennai interacted with participants about incorporation of producer companies and the legal provisions as per companies act involved. Faculty from MANAGE discussed the successful case studies so that can be used to motivate others to form FPOs. Mr Nalin Rai discussed the role of NABARD in financing and supporting FPOs.

    Dr K C Gummagalmath & Dr H S Dhaliwal, Director PAMETI presided over the valedictory session. Dr Dhaliwal emphasized the role of FPO during the challenging time. During this critical time, when the pandemic has made it almost impossible to physically reach out to the consumers, FPOs were able to market their produce directly to the consumers. With the use of latest IT tools, FPOs remained in constant touch with consumers and supplied the products at the time of need.

    Trainees participated actively in the webinar, interacted with the experts and raised their queries which were answered by the experts. Feedback of the programme was collected from the participants who gave suggestions for further improvements.

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