Punjab Agricultural University experts discuss climate change effects on agriculture

LUDHIANA: An important high level meeting was held at Punjab Agricultural University(PAU) to discuss the impact of climate change on agriculture. The vice chancellor, Dr BS Dhillon was the chief guest, while senior university officers, Dr Manjit Singh (Director Research), Dr R.S. Sidhu (Director Extension), Dr Ashok Kumar ( Additional Director of Research), Dr G.S. Buttar (Additional Director of Extension) ,Dr LK Dhaliwal ( Director, School of Climate Change), Deans and Heads of various Departments participated in the day long discussions.

The experts deliberated on how the university’s research works should be planned, keeping in mind the current climate change pattern and its effects on agriculture. The main cause for concern, according to experts, is the increase in minimum temperatures and relative humidity levels across the globe as this has led to evolution of new species of insects, pests and development of new plant diseases. Discussions on multi disciplinary research activities were also held. Scientists also pondered on research related highlights from the recently concluded international conference held at PAU. A special presentation on the School of Climate Change was given by Dr PK Sidhu.

Source: The Times of India, 14th Dec., 2016