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Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Bathinda organized a training camp on “Crop Residue Management” on 19.10.2023 for farmer producer organizations, registered farmer groups, officials of Punjab Agricultural Cooperative Societies (PACS) and progressive farmers of the district. About 50 farmers and officials participated in this training program.

Dr Gurdeep Singh, Deputy Director (Trg.), KVK Bathinda while welcoming the farmers, sensitized them on the ill effects of crop residue burning and advised them to adopt residue management technologies. He expressed concern over the prevailing situation of farm fires, resulting in health and environmental hazards. He urged for adopting crop residue management technologies for saving lives of citizens. He also emphasized that PAU Surface Seeder idsthe cheapest option for paddy straw management.

Dr GS Dhillon, Professor (Extension Education), KVK Bathinda, spoke on steps being taken up by Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana and Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi for effective management of crop (especially paddy) residues.

Dr Pritpal Singh, DES (Soil Science), FASC, Bathinda elaborated the effect of crop residue management on soil health. He also encouraged farmers to improve their soil health through the addition of different organic amendments viz. farm yard manure. He stressed that burning of crop residue results in loss of nutriebts worth of Rs 2000/ acre.

Dr Vinay Singh, Assistant Professor (Plant Protection), KVK Bathinda, created awareness on integrated insect and rodent pest management in paddy residue managed fields.

Dr Navneet Kaur, DES (Agronomy), FASC, Bathinda, spoke on good agricultural practices for cultivation of wheat following paddy residue management.

Dr SP Singh, Assistant Professor (Horticulture), KVK Bathinda, shared valuable information on use of paddy straw in mulching of high value crops and mushroom cultivation.

Er. Gurjit Singh, Agriculture Development Officer, shed light on the benefits of crop residue management techniques and schemes/ projects being run by Ministry of Agriculture and Framers Welfare for crop residue management.

Dr Gurmeet Singh Dhillon, Professor (Extension Education), KVK Bathinda, while proposing a vote of thanks, threw light on the services rendered by the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Bathinda for the betterment of the farming community.

The participants appreciated the efforts made by the University and ICAR.

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