Ludhiana- 23-September, 2019-Three days Regional Agriculture and Pashu Palan Mela of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana concluded with a message to achieve prosperity and health through better livestock production. Mela attracted a huge gathering with a thought to develop livestock professions on modern lines. Dr. B. S. Dhillon, VC, PAU and S. Inderjeet Singh, Director Punjab Dairy Development Board, Dr. Jaswinder Bhalla, Professor and noted cinema personality visited and graced the occasion. Thirteen institutes of national repute of northern region participated in the mela with their technology, products and knowledge. Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India through its Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare has allocated this Northern region mela to GADVASU, Ludhiana. More than 200 students of Police DAV Public School also visited the mela along with their teachers and witnessed all the stalls with great curiosity and enthusiasm.

Whereas Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University is contributing in the sphere of academics and research it is also promoting livestock professions with its extension tools. To develop livestock professions, University is extending its services, knowledge and training to the farmers of Punjab and adjoining states. Institute is providing its knowhow and techniques to all the livestock farmers whereas agricultural inputs through GADVASU Campus, KVKs and RRTCs. These views were expressed by Dr. A.S. Nanda Vice Chancellor GADVASU on the concluding day of the mela.

Dr. Harish Kumar Verma, Director of Extension Education said that some of our departments are providing services for rearing livestock whereas others are in the field of value addition of livestock products. These professions help them to earn good income. Women can do these professions easily with their household responsibilities. He revealed that ornamentals fish, Aquarium making, flavoured Milk & Lassi, Cheese, Meat Pickle, Meat Kofta, Meat patties, Meat balls and a number of fish delicacies come in these professions. He said that Young entrepreneur can earn decent returns in goat & pig farming. In this mela College of Dairy Science and Technology, Department of Livestock Products and Technology displayed a variety of value added products of mik, meat and eggs. College of fisheries also displayed a rich number of value added products of fish meat. There was great response to these stalls. Farmers were highly enthusiastic to be trained for the development of milk and meat products.

Dr. Verma revealed that a large number of farmers visited the stalls and showed keen interest in the measures to be adopted for the control of parasitic diseases of livestock. The department of Animal Nutrition has developed a number of nutritional technologies for the dairy animals of the state, which were displayed in the Regional Agriculture and Pashu Palan Mela. Good quality mineral mixture and uromin lick prepared in GADVASU was sold at economical price.

Department of clinical Veterinary Medicine addressed the commonly prevalent diseases of the dairy animals of Punjab which are mastitis, mineral disorders, foot lameness and fore-stomach disorders. The college of fisheries displayed different varieties of fish like carp fish, cat fish and ornamental fishes.

Farmers purchased University publications entitled Dairy Farming, Package of Practices, University Diary, different types of calendars like calf calendar and animal diet calendar for brushing up their knowledge. Farmers registered their names for monthly magazine. A news Pamphlet on 'Fish Farming' was released by the dignitaries.

The Judgement committee of university adjudged all the stalls and in industry category and declared Mankind Pharma Limited first, Paras Nutrition Pvt. Ltd., Goodwill Hybrid seeds both second. Intas Pharmaceuticals and Carus Pharma both third. In the university category Department of Teaching Veterinary Clinical Complex adjudged first, Department of Veterinary Gynaecology and Department of Veterinary Pharmacology both second, Wildlife Centre, GADVASU and Regional Research and Training Centre, Talwara on third. Dignitaries also honored Dr. Kewal Arora, Senior Veterinarian, S. Sukhharpreet Singh Rhode, S. Inderjeet Singh, Director PDDB and Ishmeet Music Institute. KVK, Booh, Barnala and Mohali got the appreciation award.