PAU adopts Bassian Village in Ludhiana as a part of Leaf Colour Chart Awareness Campaign
Ludhiana, May 25...
To educate farmers against excessive use of urea in agriculture, the Department of Soil Science, PAU, and Ludhiana in association with Atam Pargas Social Welfare Council has launched leaf colour chart awareness (LCC) campaign. After adopting village Mirjapur in district Pathankot, another village Bassian has been adopted in Ludhiana district to develop it as model village for need-based fertilizer nitrogen management using leaf colour chart (LCC). The village adoption day was organised at GuruNanakPublicSeniorSecondary School, Bassian on May 24, 2017 with the financial and voluntary support of Atam Pargas Social Welfare Council.
Dr. B.S. Brar, Head Department of Soil Science informed that a team of PAU scientists would work for a year in the two adopted villages with an aim to educate farmers to adopt LCC-based fertilizer urea applications in rice, maize and wheat.
Dr. Varinderpal Singh, Sr. Soil Scientist conducted brainstorming session on fertilizer nitrogen management with the farmers and asked them to share their farm practices in the village. He cautioned them against using 150 to 200 kg urea per acre in rice that was revealed by the farmers. Dr Singh also discussed the harmful effects of excessive urea application and how it increases insect-pest incidence and thus leads to consumption of high doses of insecticides and pesticides. “This further increases cost of production and also deteriorates quality of the produce, he said. Farmers were advised to stop burning crop residues in fields and educated about the different crop residue management options. They were further sensitized to involve youth of the village in agriculture, develop drug free society, reduce expenditure on social functions and plant trees in the coming monsoon season in the village.
Dr. Naveen Aggarwal, Entomologist, educated farmers about judicious use of insecticides in agriculture. The LCCs were distributed to all the farmers of the village free of cost with the support of Cambridge India Network for Transitional Research in Nitrogen (CINTRIN) project.
Dr. Nachhattar Singh, Director, Atam Pargas Social Welfare Council and Ex-Vice Chancellor, GuruKashiUniversity, Talwandi Sabo, extended generous support and told that volunteers of the Atam Pargas Social Welfare Council will regularly follow the farmers of the village to make the LCC awareness campaign a success and a role model for the state. S. Mohinder Singh, Incharge, Raikot Chapter, Atam Pargas Social Welfare Council and Director, Guru Nanak Public Senior Secondary School was given the responsibility to execute the daily activities of the LCC awareness campaign.