He said the common mission of both PAU and GADVASU was to work for the welfare of farming community of Punjab on a sustainable basis, and both the universities organised the kisan mela jointly.
Dr Teneja said in view of the shrinking landholdings, the subsidiary occupations such as dairy farming, fishery, poultry, goat farming, bee-keeping, and mushroom growing had got an added meaning in the context of enhancing farming income.
A crop produce competition for vegetables, fruits, flowers and field crops was held on Wednesday.
In the category of vegetables, first prizes were clinched by Dalbir Singh (Gaggarpur, Sangrur) for radish and shimla mirch , Davinder Singh (Mehraj, Bathinda) for green onion, Gurbir Singh (Barshi Rajpootan, Amritsar) for cauliflower, Gurpreet Singh (Boolpur, Kapurthala) for peas and turnip, Jagbir Singh (Nagra, Sangrur) for cabbage and Karnail Singh (Aliana, Fazilka) for green chilli. Besides, first prizes were bagged by Jagjit Singh (Agoul, Patiala) for carrot, Kulwinder Singh (Nagra, Sangrur) for tomato, Manjeet S Ghuman (Nagra, Sangrur) for french bean, Nanak Singh (Mianpur, Ropar) for garlic, Ranjit Singh (Paddi, Ropar) for potato, Sarwan Singh Thind (Basti Bishan Singh, Ferozepur) for turmeric, Sukhdev Singh (Salabatpur, Bathinda) for petha , Sukhwinder Singh (Diyalpur Bhagta, Bathinda) for brinjal and Vikramjit Singh (Nagra, Sangrur) for cucumber. Balraj Singh (Khanal Khurd, Sangrur) won the first prize for mushrooms.
Among fruits, first prizes were won by Ajmer Singh (Langrian, Sangrur) for banana, Lakhwinder Singh (Toot, Ferozepur) for ber, Manjeet Kaur (Bridwan, Patiala) for guava, Kanwarbir Singh (Muktamwala, Kapurthala) for lemon, Siddharth Kumar (Khepanwali, Fazilka) for kinnow and Tarlochan Singh (Mianpur, Ropar) for papaya.
On this occasion, special prizes were awarded to Amrik Singh, Phillowal (Hoshiarpur) for turmeric, Anmol of Patiala for marigold, to Jinder Singh, Sandharan (Ropar) for black carrot and moongbean, to Manjit Singh Ghuman of Nagra (Sangrur) for shimla mirch, to Satnam Singh, Aulakh (Faridkot) for marigold, to Sukhdev Singh, Salabatpur (Bathinda) for chakotra and to Surinderpal Singh (Patiala) for strawberry. Darshan Singh, Muktramwala (Kapurthala) and Eanyet Shergil of Mejhal Khurd (Patiala) were given consolation prizes for lemon and flower growing, respectively.
During on-the-spot competitions of "drawing", "making of utility articles out of waste material", "mud decoration" and "preparation of sprouted dal products", organised by the College of Home Science, first prizes were clinched by Amandeep Singh (Kaunke Kalan), Charanjit Kaur (Mehna, Moga), Parkash Kaur (Kot Kapura) and Gurminder Kaur (Dad, Ludhiana). Harbans Kaur got first prize in the category of women entrepreneurs.
In the category of farm machinery and implements, Preet Tractors Ltd. (Nabha) for "tractors", Standard Corporation Indian Ltd (Handiaya) for "combines and threshers", Dashmesh Mechanised Works (Amargarh) for "tractor driven implements", Speedways Rubber Company (Jalandhar) for "tyres and batteries" , Kalsi Metal Works (Jalandhar) for "electric motors, engines and pumping sets", Falcon Industries (Ludhiana) for "tools and sprayers", Jain Irrigation and Farm Solution (Ludhiana) for "water saving tools and machines", IFFCO (Ludhiana) in "fertilisers", BAYER Crop Science Ltd (Chandigarh) for "pesticides", Shakti Make Marshal (Chandigarh) for "home appliances", and MARKFED (Jalandhar) for "agro-processed products and machinery". Mehram Publications (Nabha) ranked first in "literature and service sector".