Ludhiana: A one-day training programme on “rodent pest management” for railway staff was organized by the department of zoology. The training was attended by 12 participants, including senior officers, managers, engineers and health inspectors of the railway station, Ludhiana.
Rodent problems faced by passengers, vendors and railway authorities on the railway station were discussed and a report was presented on the problems being faced by the railway authorities as well as technical guidance for managing the rodent menace. Live specimens of different rodent pest species were shown to the participants and demonstration on the preparation of rodenticide bait and application in rodent burrows and other activity sites was given. This training will be followed by an antiriot campaign at the railway station covering all the areas including railway platforms, railway lines and surrounding fallow land on both sides of the platform.
GK Sangha, College of Basic Sciences & Humanities, and SS Kukal, additional director of research, Natural Resource & Plant Health Management, PAU, were the special invitees on the occasion.
Sangha remarked that the problem of rodents is a matter of concern for the northern railways; therefore, awareness campaigns amongst the railway staff about the effective rodent pest management are vital.
Meanwhile, the department of extension education, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) organized a field day on “Pulses and Oilseed Crops” in the village Sheikh Daulat. Nearly 120 farmers participated in the field day, organized in the fields of the farmer, Harpal Singh.