20th February 2018, Jalandhar: The School of Agriculture at Lovely Professional University organized two-day national conference ‘SAFNS-2018’, where the main topic contemplated upon was ‘Sustainable Agriculture, Food, and Nutritional Security’. 106 eminent scientists and researchers; 384 research scholars; and, hundreds of agriculture students from across the country participated in the conference. Critically acclaimed and adjudged 307 research papers were also selected for publication. Academia and industry stalwarts including former Deputy Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Dr. JS Sandhu; Director, ICAR-Central Institute of Post-Harvest Engineering and Technology; and, other top scientists delivered key-note addresses during 8 sessions of the conference. Covering 20+ important sub-topics including technologies for enhancing crop production and processing, the conference proved to be result-oriented by sensitizing India’s present and would-be agriculturists, food technologists and nutritionists.
Much awarded and commonly known as ‘Pulse Breeder Scientist’, Dr. Sandhu informed all that diversification of crops is very important for sustainability in agriculture. He feels that there is pressing need for a paradigm shift to address the problems faced by the agricultural sector. There should be a shift from traditional and less remunerable crops to high-value crops. Quoting PM Modi, he also shared that for successful farmer three things compulsory to rear are animals, crops, and forestry. He also talked about intensive fodder production from degraded land, summer Moong crop, maize as an alternate crop to paddy and more to enhance the income of the farmers. Impressed with the research environment at LPU, Dr. Sandhu compared LPU auditorium as ‘Vigyan Bhawan’ of New Delhi and invoked students to keep up their hardworking nature. Referring India from “food-scarce to presently a “food surplus” country, he urged all to think towards nutritional security.
Talking about ‘Post production processing and value addition of food crops: Current trends and future thrusts’, Director Dr. Gupta informed all about various post-harvest losses and stressed to adopt and popularize value addition technologies. He urged that food processing quality should be maintained. In this regard, engineering is necessary to cover losses for helping the country and the farmers. Appreciating the infrastructure at LPU, Dr. Gupta said: “LPU has potentiality and a good place to work towards it. We can work together and frame new programs ensuring food quality. We know that LPU has a team of highly experienced scientists and technical staff with good knowledge of modern techniques in their field of specialization. The institute also has well-equipped laboratories with modern amenities, so great achievements can be made.”
Feeling immensely happy on seeing the confluence of established and emerging scientists at the campus, LPU Chancellor Mr. Ashok Mittal shared: “Agriculture is the most important for us all as we can’t survive without food. I invoke next-gen students to share the responsibility and being practical in approach to bring forth solutions towards water scarcity, crop diversification and more.” He also informed all that much has been done for agriculture department at the university, and LPU is the first university in the country to apply for ICAR accreditation for its agriculture school. He also wanted all to raise voice that “Nobel Prize should also be bestowed exclusively for illustrious achievement made in the field of agriculture”
On this occasion, LPU Pro-Chancellor Mrs. Rashmi Mittal, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr. Ramesh Kanwar, DG Er. HR Singla, Senior Dean Dr. Lovi Raj Gupta, Dean Ramesh Sadavarti, Dr. N Kumar, Dr. RajBala Grewal, Dr. Parbhat Kumar, Dr. BVC Mahajan, Dr. Jitendra Kumar, Mr. Malvinder Malhi from Syngenta Multinational, CEO Smur Agro Mr. Udyan Arya and more were also present.