Ludhiana, Nov 8: Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has entered into an agreement with Mechanical Engineering Research and Development Organization (MERADO), Ludhiana, to collaborate in projects in the area of design and development of farm machinery.
Merado is an Extension Centre of Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute, Durgapur, The MoU to this effect was signed here yesterday by the Dr P S Minhas, Director of Research, PAU and Cdr V R Dahake, Scientist Incharge of MERADO in the presence of the Vice-Chancellor Manjit Singh Kang, Prof V K Sehgal, Coordinator Research (Engg) and other dignitaries from PAU and MERADO.
Terming the event as a historic one, Dr Kang, said that collaboration rather than competition help each other.He specified that areas concerning jatropha growing, conservation agriculture and precision agriculture are of interest to PAU.
He mentioned that PAU has sent young scientists to advanced institutes abroad for training in upcoming areas. He said that a scientist from College of Agricultural Engineering are being sent to Colorado State University for training in the area of precision agriculture.
Dr Kang hoped that the partnership of PAU with MERADO in the identified mutually beneficial areas will greatly help the Punjab farmers in the long run.
Speaking on this occasion, Cdr Dahake said that with the signing of the MoU, the scientists of the two organisations would work jointly in the area of Farm Power and Machinery and that his organisation looks forward in collaborating in other areas also.
He appreciated the role of PAU in the green revolution and improving the agricultural economy of the state.
Dr Minhas expressed that under the joint programme, research areas including cost effective machinery development,processing, energy,bio-fuels would receive an impetus.