Mr Raghunath B, Chief General Manager, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) along with Mr Shushil Kumar, AGM, Mr Devinder Kumar and Mr Sanjeev Kumar, Cluster Officer, NABARD visited Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana to have an assessment and interaction in contemplated projects which can be mutually beneficial for overall development of farming community. Dr H S Banga, Registrar, GADVASU extended warm welcome to the NABARD officials. Dr Inderjeet Singh, Vice Chancellor, GADVASU highlighted that NABARD has earlier also provided funds to Varsity for strengthening of infrastructure, research and extension related activities.
Dr Singh said that GADVASU has developed low cost fruit fly traps for cucurbit vegetables. Dairy and Fishery Farmer Producer Organization and Pashu Palak Tele-Advisory Kendra have also been established under NABARD funding. Two new project proposals entitled Development of VET MOOCs on Goatery, Poultry and Dairy Farming vis-à-vis Establishment of MOOC Lab at GADVASU and Development of Demonstration Vehicle for Popularization of Use of Renewable Energy Sources for Value Addition of Milk at Village Level were also discussed. It was emphasized that looking at increasing queries of farmers and stakeholders, an additional setting for tele-advisory Kendra for prompt redressal of their problems, be supported by NABARD.
Sh. Raghunath and his team accompanied by Dr. JPS Gill, Director of Research and Dr R S Grewal, Director, Livestock Farms also visited the Dairy and integrated Fish cum Duck Farming unit and the upcoming intensive aquaculture units, including RAS, Biofloc and Aquaponics, at the Instructional cum Research Farm of College of Fisheries. The team also showed keen interest into prospective development of aquaculture in inland salt affected areas of the State. Mr Raghunath appreciated the innovative work executed by GADVASU and assured to support high merit proposals of GADVASU.