Under the ongoing efforts, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Hoshiarpur conducted an awareness programme to curb the practice of paddy residue burning. The Government Senior Secondary Smart School, Kot Fatuhi of Mahilpur block in Hoshiarpur district, participated in the programme.
At the outset, Sh Parvinder Kumar, Incharge of the school, welcomed the experts from KVK and lauded their in creating awareness regarding non-burning of paddy residue. He also assured full support in this noble cause.
Dr Maninder Singh Bons, Associate Director (Training), KVK, Bahowal, Hoshiarpur discussed the harmful effects of crop residue burning and informed about various nutrients available in the paddy residue and their importance for the soil health. He also highlighted the use of paddy straw in biogas plants, use as fuel and energy, use in mushroom cultivation and as fodder. Dr Bons encouraged the students to participate in various competitions that were to be organized regarding paddy residue management campaign and also to act as ambassadors to spread this noble message of non-burning of paddy residue in every section of the society.
Dr Ajaib Singh, Assistant Professor (Agricultural Engineering), KVK Hoshiarpur, also gave a brief overview of the recommended paddy residue management technologies. He also stressed upon the proactive role to be played by school students in spreading this message.
On this occasion, KVK Hoshiarpur conducted declamation, essay writing and painting competitions for the school students for sensitization regarding the harmful effects of paddy residue on the environment, soil health, human health and society. The students enthusiastically participated in different competitions with great vigour. The winners of various competitions were also awarded for boosting their competitive spirit.
A jagrukta rally was also organized by the school students to create awareness about shunning the practice of paddy residue burning.
The competitions were arranged under the guidance of Dr Ajaib Singh, Assistant Professor (Agricultural Engineering); Ms Sunita, Programme Assistant (Lab Technician) and Mr Jatinder Singh, Programme Assistant (Computer), KVK Hoshiarpur and the teachers of the school.