Extension scientists from 60 Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) of Punjab, Haryana, New Delhi and Uttar Pradesh attended the Review Workshop of the Crop Reside Management Project at ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute (ATARI), Zone – I, Ludhiana. The workshop was jointly organized by Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) and ICAR-ATARI, Zone-I, Ludhiana.
Inaugurating the workshop, Dr Inderjeet Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana, who was the chief guest, promoted the use of straw as fodder for animals and lauded the role of KVKs in managing paddy residue at farmers’ fields.
In his concluding remarks, Dr Ranjay Kumar, Additional Director General (Agricultural Extension), ICAR, called upon the KVKs to prepare their reports of stubble management with thrust on geo-tagging. “This was essential in order to retain trust and faith of farmers as several agencies in Delhi were also working on residue management,” he added. Dr Kumar also assured full support to all ICAR-ATARIs and KVKs in this direction.
Dr Parvender Sheoran, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Zone-I, Ludhiana, presented the project reports of paddy straw management in four states during 2018-19 to 2022-23 and forthcoming agenda of 2023-24. He also shed light on programmes held under the banners “Straw Management Chetna Yatra” and Technology Sensitization –cum-Awareness Pakhwara.”
Dr JP Mishra, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur, hailed the joint venture of KVKs in tackling stubble burning. Expressing concern over minimum use of farm machinery in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, he called for unflinching devotion towards curbing of straw burning menace.
Present on the occasion were Directors of Extension Education, namely Dr GS Buttar from PAU, Dr PS Brar from Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana and Dr Balwan Singh Mandal, CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar. Besides, scientists Dr Arvind Kumar, Dr Rajesh Rana and Dr Manoj Sarma also attended the workshop.