An educational visit was held on 5th September, 2023 at CEC, Khanura with the B.Sc. Agri 5th sem. and M.sc Ag. Ist semester students. The Centre of Excellence for Fruits at village Khanaura, District Hoshiarpur, Punjab has been established in sync with the Indo-Israel agreement. It is aimed at to make the Punjab farmers aware of the latest technological and scientific advancements in cultivation of fruits. The Centre is set up on a large agriculture farm of about 27 acres abutting road of Hoshiarpur-Phagwara.
Since the main objective of the centre is to promote horticulture, maximum area has been kept for it. Out of about 27 acres 24 acres has been reserved for setting up plant nurseries and orchards. There Dr. Harjit Singh (Horticulture Development Officer) and Mr. Harminder Singh Horticulture Consultant graciously took the time to provide our students with a comprehensive overview of the centre's activities. The session covered the following key areas:
Research Initiatives: Dr. Harjit Singh highlighted the various research projects undertaken at the centre, focusing on topics such as citrus disease management, genetic improvement, and sustainable farming practices
Technological Advancements: Mr. Harminder Singh showcased the technological innovations deployed by the centre, including state-of-the-art monitoring systems, precision agriculture tools, and advancements in post-harvest handling.
Knowledge Dissemination: They emphasized the importance of knowledge transfer and extension services provided by the centre to citrus growers.
In conclusion, I would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Vice Chancellor Sir to provide all facilities and the entire team at the Centre of Excellence for Fruits (Citrus) for hosting our students and providing an enlightening overview of your activities. This visit has undoubtedly enriched our students' understanding of citrus cultivation and research.