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In a concerted effort to combat the practice of paddy residue burning, Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Fatehgarh Sahib, organized a one-day awareness campaign at Government Senior Secondary School in the village of Amloh on November 9, 2023. Under the guidance of the Directorate of Extension Education, Punjab Agricultural University, and ICAR-ATARI Zone 1, Ludhiana, this initiative saw the active participation of 100 students.

Mrs Reet Verma, Assistant Professor (Plant Protection), shed light on KVK’s mission and provided a comprehensive overview of recommended paddy residue management technologies. She delved into the proper handling of paddy residue using farm machinery such as Happy Seeder, Super Seeder, MB Plough, and Zero Till Drill.

Dr Arvind Preet Kaur, Assistant Professor (Horticulture), emphasized the use of paddy straw in mushroom cultivation and encouraged students to spread awareness about the harmful effects of crop residue burning.

Dr Manisha Bhatia, Assistant Professor (Home Science), organized an easy writing competition, poster making competition, and declamation competition for the school students, with deserving winners receiving recognition.

S Iqbal Singh, Principal of Government Senior Secondary School, Amloh, motivated the students to actively engage in the programme. Mrs Meenakshi Bhanot, Chemistry Lecturer, expressed gratitude to the KVK faculty for their efforts in raising awareness about crop residue management among the students. Mrs Chanchal, Chemistry Lecturer, congratulated the competition winners and commended the students for their enthusiastic participation.

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