Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana inaugurated its 18th Pashu Palan Mela on 20th March, 2015.. Mr. Suresh Kumar, IAS, Addition Chief Secretary, Agriculture, Govt. of Punjab was Chief Guest of the occasion. He said that we should be more concerned about the good health of livestock because it is directly related with human health. Scientists should come forward to provide right health management to famers. Dr. B. S. Dhillon V.C. PAU was Guest of Honour on this occasion
Dr AS Nanda, Vice Chancellor GADVASU said that diversification within the livestock is also a need of the hour. Not only Dairy farming but Fisheries, Poultry, Piggery and Goat farming are the fine diversification options in livestock. Value addition of Products may diversify these professions in a different mode. Theme slogan of Mela was “Pashu Palan kittean da karo visthar, Apnao navian takneekan te vigyanak vichar” which means ‘Develop livestock in scientific manner with new technology.’ Dr. Nanda said that we are conducting a number of efforts to explore the new avenues in livestock. We have developed a number of value added products from a single raw product, it increases demand and scope of marketing many times. We are exploring health foods with new value additions, he added.
GADVASU showcased all his research, education and extension programmes at the Pashu Palan mela for the benefit of livestock farmers. Taking place twice a year in March & September it brings with its zest & excitement. This two day event at the Mela ground of GADVASU provided a platform for farmers, scientists, extension workers, Dairy officers, Fodder & Fisheries officers, various veterinary pharmaceuticals and agribusiness firms and banking sectors for showing their experience and information about the latest knowledge, technologies and schemes which has come up in the livestock sector.
Dr S N S Randhawa, Director of Extension Education revealed that large number of peoples showed their interest in taking up goat, pig and fishery farming and especially enquired about their training programmes. University publications on different subjects of livestock farming were also available. Different Departments of University provided useful literature to the farmers.
Various departments of College of Vety Science put up their stall in the Mela and tried their best to transfer valuable inputs and recommendations to the farmers. The excellent germplasm of the University such as Cows, Buffaloes, Goats, Pigs, Poultry, Emu and Quails were demonstrated to the livestock farmers. The experts delivered talks on the various aspects of livestock, poultry and fish farming and the mechanism and procedures to overcome the common problems faced by them. Live demonstrations on the various aspects along with Mastitis Diagnosing kit, teat dip practice and acaricide drug application were also demonstrated to the farmers.
An earnest endeavour by the College of Fisheries was the stall having various carp fishes, ornamental fish, azolla, duckweed cultivation and duck farming with integration of fish farming. People inquired about Fisheries profession, ornamental fish & saline water fisheries. Value added products of this college were also displayed on their stall for sale.
Different mouth watering vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies like Sweetened and Salted lassi, Flavoured milk, Yoghurt, Sweets, Whey drink, Paneer, Milk cake, Dhoda barfi, Meat patties, different types of Meat pickles prepared by College of Dairy Science & Technology and the Department of Livestock Products Technology were available for sale. Meat cutlets, Meat samosa, Non-veg Momos, fibre rich meat biscuits and Egg jam were main attractions in the mela.
The innovation mode of vet varsity was reflected in the products of college of dairy science and technology as yoghurt, probiotic lassi and mozzarella cheese.
Enormous number of livestock farmers visited the stall put up by the Animal Nutrition Department to purchase the mineral mixture, By–pass fat and uromin lick prepared by the University which is sold at a very nominal rate to the farmers. Different entrepreneurs trained by vet varsity also put up their value added products for depiction, exhibition and sale. This has evoked excellent response among the aspiring farmers and visiting rural youth.
All the leading Veterinary Pharmaceuticals companies, Dairy & livestock related equipments, feed related factories put their stalls in exhibition. The departments like Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries of Punjab State put up their stalls in the Mela for demonstrating their activities. Different livestock associations established under the guidance of Veterinary University also put up their stalls for enrolling the members.
Chief Minister’s Awards were conferred on to four progressive livestock farmers of the state in the field of dairy, poultry and goat farming.
The Mela allures thousands of farmers from all the nook and corner of Punjab along with farmers from neighbouring states. Mela was attended by University Board Members, Officers, heads of departments, faculty, students and staff. The Pashu Palan Mela will be held for two days (20 and 21 March 2015).