PHDCCI, PAU tell farmers not to burning stubble

By Times Of India on 10 Nov 2017 | read
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Ludhiana: With incidents of stubble burning on the rise in the state, the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) in association with Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) under its mass awareness campaign "To Halt Paddy Straw Burning" organized a seminar to raise awareness and disseminate information among farmers on paddy residue management at Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Samrala, on Wednesday.

The event focused on educating farmers about straw management technologies with practical demonstration of the straw management machines like super SMS, cutter-cum-spreader and happy seeder. At the site, one acre wheat was sown with happy seeder machine to establish crop plantation without paddy straw burning.

Dr S C Sharma, associate director, KVK, requested farmers to adopt the recommended varieties of wheat and improved agricultural technologies.

Dr Ashok Kumar, director, extension education, PAU, apprised farmers about the disadvantages of stubble burning and urged them to use balers, happy seeders, zero tillage machines, super SMS and related technologies to control stubble burning and safeguard the environment. He appealed farmers to manage crop residue to better soil health.

Dr Baldev Singh, chief agriculture officer, department of agriculture, Ludhiana, said they are doing their best to educate the farmers and have appealed them not to resort to stubble burning. He also informed farmers of the various subsidies provided by the government.