Krishi Vigyan Kendra of Punjab Agricultural University, Kheri and Farm Consultancy Service Center, Sangrur under the guidelines of Director Extension Education, PAU, Ludhiana and Deputy Commissioner, Sangrur for sowing wheat by maintaining paddy stubble in the field. Farmer awareness camp was organized at village Hariau and Bugra to give information about surface seeder machine. In which more than 100 farmers participated. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Mandeep Singh, Associate Director (Training), Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Kheri encouraged the farmers to take care of paddy straw and advised them to adopt the newly developed surface seeding technique by Punjab Agriculture University. He said that a surface seeder machine has been prepared to mechanize the process by which the farmers, after harvesting the paddy, sprinkle wheat seeds and DAP fertilizer and apply water to the cutters. With which paddy straw can be sown easily and cheaply without setting fire and without plowing the field. He said that the surface seeder machine can run with a 45 horsepower tractor and sows wheat in 1.5 acres in an hour. Dr. Mandeep Singh said that Punjab government is also providing subsidy on surface seeder machine. For which Kisan Veer, Cooperative Societies, Panchayats, FPUs and Customs Hiring Centers can apply through the online portal with the support of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Department till September 10, 2023. Apart from this, he also gave information about the proper use of agricultural chemicals in paddy, basmati and narme and the farmer fairs being organized by PAU, Ludhiana during the month of September. Dr. Sunil Kumar, Assistant Professor (Agricultural Engineering) gave information about all types of agricultural machinery for stubble management. He also explained in detail about the features of the new machine surface seeder and its proper use and precautions. Dr. Buta Singh Romana, Senior Extension Scientist (Retired) asked the farmers to maintain constant contact with the experts of PAU so that timely information and benefits of new research can be availed. Finally, the farmers were taken along to inspect the fields of Basmati and Narme and suggestions were given as necessary for the prevention of leaf-roll and cabbage leaf-roll. Agricultural literature and vegetable seed kits were also provided to farmers on the occasion of this camp.
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