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The Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Gurdaspur, organized a village level camp on “Paddy Residue Management” at village Nanowal Kalan, block Kahnuwan on October 17. About 75 farmers participated in this camp.

In the camp, Dr S S Aulakh, Associate Director (T) highlighted the ill effects of crop residue burning and appealed the farmers to shun this practice and adopt the PAU recommended technologies to manage the paddy residue. Besides, he dwelt upon management measures to avoid the attack of Armyworm and Pink Stem Borer in wheat sown in paddy straw retained fields.

Dr Ravinder Singh Chhina, Professor (Agri. Engg) emphasized on efficient management of crop residues to protect the environment for agriculture. He advised to adopt recommended technologies for paddy straw management which include various machines like Happy Seeder, PAU Smart Seeder, Surface Seeder, Super Seeder, mulcher, baler etc. He also informed the farmers about various precautionary measures, to be taken while using these machines.

Dr Satwinderjit Kaur, Associate Professor (Soil Science), informed the participants regarding loss of nutrients in the soil after burning of paddy straw and also highlighted the importance of soil testing.

S Gurdial Singh, progressive farmer and owner of Custom Hiring centre proposed a vote of thanks and shared his experience about crop residue management. He also assured the farmers that he will provide the required machinery for crop residue management to curb the practice of crop residue burning.

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