Successful progressive farmer in crop residue management
Narinder Singh a progressive farmer from village Booh Havelian owns 28 acres of land. He follows rice-wheat cropping system at his farm. To curb the menace of crop residue burning at his farm, he visited KVK, Tarn Taran three years ago and sought solution for paddy residue management. In the first year (2016-17) KVK provided him Happy seeder free of cost by which he had sown 4 acres of land and got good wheat yield (50 q ha-1) as compared to previous wheat yield (48 q ha-1) in wheat sown using traditional method. Besides, he realized better soil health and better environment after adoption of this technology. Next year he made his mind to purchase happy seeder after getting inspiration from KVK, Tarn Taran in first meeting in order to make his village as crop residue burning free area. Narinder Singh had sown his 28 acres of wheat with his own happy seeder and two acre with KVK Happy Seeder under demonstration in the project during the year 2018-19. He had also sown 80 acres wheat of farmers from his and adjoining villages and helped poor farmers in sowing of wheat free of cost. He got good returns from happy seeder sown wheat. He said that while sowing of 26 acres of his own land, he saved approx 500 liters of diesel amounting to Rs. 35,000/-. Moreover, he has credited Rs. 35,000/- in his pocket equivalent to one acre wheat produce without drilling any seed, by adopting happy seeder and saved diesel consumed this way as compared to fuel consume in conventional method. Less infestation of weeds, improvement in soil fertility and bold seed of wheat grains were observed Happy Seeder sown wheat. He got yield of 55.0 q ha-1 of wheat grain in 2018-19 with significant reduction on other input cost involving diesel, fertilizers and herbicide.
After seeing his effort to manage crop residue management and making his village 100% crop residue burning free. KVK, Tarn Taran recommended Narinder Singh name for the award and he was conferred with Best Farmer Award at National Conference on crop residue management at ICAR-NASC complex on 9 September, 2019 by Purshotam Rupala, Hon’ble State Agriculture Minister, Government of India and Dr. T. Mohapatra, Hon’ble DG, ICAR, New Delhi.
Mr. Purshotam Rupala, Hon’ble Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India and Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Hon’ble DG, ICAR, New Delhi honoring Narinder Singh of village Booh Havelian with Best Farmer Award at ICAR-NASC complex at National Conference on 9 September, 2019