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Kisan Mela on In-Situ Crop Residue Management at Sama Palace

Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Guru Aagad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Booh, Tarn Taran organised a Kisan Mela with the theme of Crop Residue Management under the project ‘Promotion of Agricultural Mechanization and Mchinery for In- situ Management of Crop Residue’ at Sama Palace, Harike Pattan. The Mela was witnessed by large gathering of farmers, where near about 2000 farmers were participated. About 56 govt departments, private companies related to agriculture and livestock, shelf help groups and stakeholders put their exhibition stalls in the mela. Dr Harish Kumar Verma, Director, Extension Education, GADVASU, Ludhiana was chief guset of the programme. Sh. Pardeep Kumar Sabharwal, Deputy Commissioner was special guest of the programme. Dr. Balwinder Kumar, Deputy Director (Training) of KVK  welcomed to all the officers and farmers. Dr Kumar stressed the importance of In-situ paddy straw management among the farmers and he said that Central Government has announced a subsidy scheme on farm machinery & implements and  farmers can avail  this subsidy scheme. He also stressed that we all should make efforts so that no farmer in the Punjab state should burn the paddy straw as it causes adverse effect on soil health and will cause serious consequences for future generations. Dr Harish Kumar Verma (Director Extension), gave detailed information about  importance of paddy straw in feeding of dairy animals and to cut down the feeding cost. Dr Verma said Paddy straw can be treated with urea for better utilization in livestock feeding. Er Ranbir Singh Randhawa, Department of Agriculture, Tarn Taran explained in detail about various implements like Happy Seeder, Chopper, Mulcher, which can be used to manage paddy straw properly. Dr Navjot Singh Brar informed that weed problem is minimized in happy seeder sown wheat crop. Dr Anil Kumar stressed that many Micro-nutrients and organic matter  gets lost by paddy straw burning. Dr Parminder Kaur, FASS Tarn Taran also discussed about insect pest and disease management in happy seeder sown wheat. Dr Piverjeet Kaur Dhillon, Assistant Professor (Home Science) highlighted the bad impact of paddy straw burning on animal and human health especially on kids. Dr Nirmal singh and Dr Bhanu Parkash Ch. also shared their views with farmers. The occasion was graced by the blissful remarks of Hon’ble Deputy Commissioner, who praised the efforts of KVK Team for awaring farmers on paddy starw management. Hon’ble DC appealed the farmers avoid paddy starw burning and cooperate with agricultural officials in compaigning related to paddy starw management. on this occasion, 300 T-shirts and 500 key rings bearing the message of paddy starw management were distributed to the farmers. The farmers assured the Krishi Vigyan Kendra and district administration that they will say no to residue burning and will incorporate paddy in the soil. At the end of the programme, Dr Balwinder Kumar proposed vote of thanks and thanked all the farmers, stakeholders, govt officials of different department, companies, media persons, police departments for secuity arrangements, etc. for their participation and putting full efforts in making this programme a great success.


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