December 20, 2011 admin


Jalandhar 20 Dec,2011: An interactive seminar and dialogue, the first of  its kind in the country on “Energy Saving in Agri Life Cycle” was organized today by Punjab Energy Development Agency in association with the  Bureau ofEnercy Efficiency. Government of India and E Matra, a voluntary effort, at Jalandhar.
    This dialogue and seminar assumes special significance because of the fact that it is first time in the  country when representatives from the entire Agri Cycle including farming, storage, processing,  marketing sat and interacted with the ijplementing agencies to discuss issues involving  Agri  Cycle.
    According to Shri  Mohinder Singh Mianwal, Founder of ‘E-mantra’, the economic returns on investment in various segments of  ‘Agri Life Cycle’ including Farming, Storage, Processing such as Rice Shellers, Cold Stores etc. are decreasing continuously and the  only way forward appears to be to  reduce  the  cost of  production.  With energy cost being  12% to30% of the total cost in these segments and the potential of saving 7% to  15% of the energy through efficient use of technologies and  practices, we can make significant improvement in economic  returns in the  Acri Cycle  activities. What we need is an Integrated  approach  forall these segments  so as to put Agri  economy back on a sound  footing. Emantra  is a voluntaryeffort focusing onEnergy, Environment and Educatiion as  pillars of development through people’s  action. Having a direct interactive dialogue is the first one of  its type as a part of this inititive.
    The seminar ddressed by Dr. Ajay Mathur, Director General. BEE through video conferencing. He emphasized on the need of efficient use of energy in all the section of the economy and requested the  participants to involve themselves in this cause of nation  to bridge the  gap of  energy between demand and supply.
    The seminar was also addressed by Er. Arun Verma Distribution, PSPCL who gave details of various programs and policies to  encourage efficient use of  electricity in the state. This includes more efficient electric motors, use of CFL lights.
    Er Balour Singh, Director PEDA said that his team is activelyinvolved in framing and implementation of programs for meeting   energy needs of the state through improved  efficiency and  use of new and renewable sourcesof energy.
    Sh. Balkr Singh, Senior Manager and coordinator of the programs introduced the concept and the objective of these dialogues as also the schemes being implemented by PEDA.
    The Seminar was attended by, representatives of Rice Shellers, Cold Storages, Poultry  Farms, villages opinion  builders, educationist, rotary clubs, inner whel, industrialist and senior officers PSPCL., Municipal Corporation and  other government officers.

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