Union Jal Shakti Ministry had announced the commencement of the Jal Shakti Abhiyan - a campaign for water conservation and water security. The minister emphasized that the government aims at providing drinking water to every household on priority and in a sustainable manner. The Jal Shakti Abhiyan should bring positive change in people for water conservation. Five important water conservation interventions need to be popularized were water conservation and rainwater harvesting, renovation of traditional and other water bodies/tanks, reuse, bore well recharge structures, watershed development and intensive afforestation. These water conservation efforts will also be supplemented with special interventions including the development of block and district water conservation plans, promotion of efficient water use for irrigation and better choice of crops.
In this connection, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Budh Singh Wala working under the aegis of the Punjab Agricultural University organized one day Kisan Mela at KVK, Budh Singh Wala, Moga which was inaugurated by the chief guest Sh. PK Mishra, Director Financial Intelligence Unit, New Delhi. Dr G.S. Buttar, Additional Director Extension Education, PAU presided over this Kisan Mela. Sant Gurmeet Singh Ji Khosian Wale was special guest on this occasion. Sh. P.K. Mishra appreciated the efforts of the KVK for various activities conducted under the Jal Shakti Abhiyan. He further requested all the farmers and farm women to attend the various extension activities organized by the university and the Krishi Vigyan Kendra in the district. Dr G.S. Buttar enlighten the farmers and farm women regarding the various water saving techniques evolved by the PAU and urged them to go for crop diversification and motivated them for cultivation of pulses and oilseeds crops. Sant Gurmeet Singh Ji Khosian Wale requested the farmers to conserve water by citing the quotes from Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. A technical session was held in which lectures were delivered by the scientists of the PAU, KVK and line departments on the efficient use of water at household level as well as farm level. On this occasion, 300 seasonal vegetables kits, seed of berseem and toria was distributed among the farmers. In this programme, efforts were made to involve different self help groups, FPOs, panchayati raj institution members and farmers groups. About 30 exhibition stalls were put up by different line departments and private agencies. In this Kisan Mela more than 800 farmer and farm women from different villages of district Moga attended this programme. At the end Dr Amandeep Singh Brar, Deputy Director (Training), KVK, Budh Singh Wala, Moga proposed a vote of thanks to the chief guest, all participants, print and media personnel to make this programme a great success.