Ludhiana 29 May 2018-Thirty four vibrant farmers including thirteen women participants got 2 weeks training on “Dairy Farming”, organized by Directorate of Extension Education, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana. Candidates from different areas of Punjab and adjoining states have attended the course including a participant from Assam state. In this training program experts delivered lectures as well as hands on training covering all important aspects of dairy farming. This training has evidenced the changing scenario in Dairy Farming with an increased number of women participants that were nearly 40 percent of the total candidates. Dr. H.K. Verma, Director Extension Education interacted with the trainees and enlightened them about huge scope of dairy sector in India as well as in Punjab. While addressing he told that university is persistent in catering all sort of need of dairy farmers. Further, he added that university has also developed two android based mobile applications “Precision Dairy Farming” and “Dairy Prajnan” available on google playstore for the benefit of dairy farmers. Dr. S.K. Kansal, Professor and Head, Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension Education informed and encouraged the trainees to start a dairy enterprise on small scale basis then to move on medium and large scale.

At present, two more training programs namely “Specialized Pig Farming” for farmers, farm women & rural youth and “Breeding Specialization for Judging Various Animal Events” for Field Veterinary Doctors, Punjab Govt. are being conducted from 28.05.2018 to 01.05.2018. University is continuously doing the efforts for farmers to train them in scientific pig farming as it is a profitable business because the feed conversion efficiency and prolificacy is much higher of swine as compare to other enterprises of livestock and value addition of pork has greater opportunity to generate self-employment. Forty four farmers are participating.

Training on “Breeding Specialization for Judging Various Animal Events” is very crucial for the veterinary doctors as well as for farmers because now a day's many livestock championship and milking competitions are held in our country especially in Punjab to promote Animal Husbandry which requires identification of livestock breeds and judging of animals as key points to select best one. 25 Veterinarians from Animal Husbandry department, Punjab representing all the districts of Punjab are participating. Dr. Verma said that University also undertakes demand based tailor made courses as per the request from various organizations and also added that GADVASU has already trained vets and farmers from 17 states of the country.