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Farm expert addresses Rayat Bahra students

October 12, 2017 03:56 PM

Punjab News Express
MOHALI: An expert talk on “Vegetables Nursery Growing Technology and its Management” was organized by University School of Sciences of the Rayat Bahra University in the University auditorium. The expert talk was delivered by Prof Dr MS Lather from Haryana Agriculture University, Hisar.

Prof Dr MS Lather said nurseries are categorized in different ways. According to time duration nurseries are classified in two types, Temporary nursery and Permanent nursery. The temporary nursery is developed only to fulfill the requirement of the season or a targeted project. The nurseries for production of seedlings of transplanted vegetables and flower crops are of temporary nature.

He said permanent nursery produces plants continuously. These nurseries have all the permanent features. In flowering plants nurseries the seedlings of flowering plants like Gerbera, Carnation, Petunia, Salvia, rose, Chrysanthemum, Coleus, and Aster, Dianthus are developed. The seedlings of plants useful for forestation like pine, oak, teak, eucalyptus, casuarinas are prepared in such nurseries and sold in forest nurseries.

Nursery plants require due care and attention after having either emerged from the seeds or raised from other sources like rootstock or through tissue culture technique. Generally they are grown in the open field under the protection of Mother Nature where, they should be able to face the local environment. It is the duty and main objective of a commercial nursery grower to supply the nursery plants with suitable conditions necessary for their development and growth. This is the major work of management in the nursery which includes all such operations right from the emergence of young plantlet till these are fully grown-up or are ready for uprooting and transplanting in the main fields.

Professor (Dr) Amita Mahajan, Head of the Department of Agriculture and Life Sciences, welcomed Prof Dr MS Lather. Students of B. Sc Agriculture and life sciences of the department attended the session with the great zeal. The students interacted with Prof. Dr M.S. Lather and gained knowledge about the development and management of nurseries.

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