Ludhiana 23 October 2020-A series of webinars have been started by Directorate of Extension Education of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana for imparting technical guidance, seeking queries and taking feedback from stake holders for upliftment of their economic conditions.

In this direction Dr. Mrigank Honparkhe, Senior Gynecologist, Department of Gynecology & Obstetrics delivered lecture on “Estrus Synchronization in Dairy Animals”. This technique is used to bring dairy animals in to estrus/heat at the same time so that all the animals can be bred at same time, thus saving labour and time for detection of estrus and enhance conception rate also. The dairy farmers can get economic benefit if the animals calve at the time when there is more demand of milk and less supply of milk. This latest technology can be a boon for dairy farmers.

Dr Prabhjeet Singh, Assistant Professor, Department of Fisheries Resource Management, College of Fisheries Science gave talk on “Scope of shrimp culture in salt affected water logged districts of Punjab” i.e Shri Mukatsar Sahib, Fazilka, Bathinda, Mansa, Ferozpur and Bathinda. He emphasized the importance of water quality in Vannamaei shrimp production. Temperature, Alkalinity, Ammonia, pH and Oxygen parameter greatly influence the growth of shrimps. He also stressed to look for soil type, depth of the pond, availability of electricity, aeration of water, fertilizers and quality pellet feed before starting the venture. He made the farmers aware about procuring the Specific Pathogen Free (SPF) seed of shrimps only from hatcheries approved by the Coastal Aquaculture Authority of the India, to avoid entry of any pathogens in the virgin environment of Punjab.

Dr. Parkash Singh Brar, Director Extension Education, GADVASU told that university is striving hard for the welfare of livestock, poultry and fish farmers of the state. E-learning has become an integral part of the extension system. He revealed that livestock sector in Punjab has emerged as an essential constituent of rural economy to nearly 70% of the population in villages; contributing 7.51% Gross State Value Added of the state at current prices. Punjab ranks 2nd, 5th, 8th, and 17th in in country by producing milk, egg, broiler and fish production as 12.6 million ton, 5225 million, 46 million and 122 million ton respectively. Due to Covid-19 Update on these subjects are imperative so we are transferring information to the farmers through online mode.

Dr. Parminder Singh and Dr. Rajesh Kasrija, Coordinators of webinar series said that these webinars will be on every Tuesday and Thursday at 11.00 am. The outreach farmers can contact university experts through these webinar and the livestock farmers can get valuable information on relevant topics.