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Continuing with the ongoing campaign regarding non-burning of paddy residue, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Hoshiarpur, organized a village level awareness camp on “Paddy Residue Management” in the adopted village Binjon in collaboration with Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Garhshankar.

Dr Maninder Singh Bons, Associate Director (Training), KVK Hoshiarpur, while welcoming the farmers, urged them to shun residue burning for safeguarding the environment. He informed that as in previous years, this year also, KVK Hoshiarpur is organizing a campaign for managing paddy residue through adoption of villages and activities like awareness camps, trainings, demonstrations, hoardings, wall paintings and literature distribution. Dr Bons further highlighted harmful effects of burning of crop residue burning and exhorted the farmers to successfully pursue the noble cause of non-burning of paddy residue in campaign mode. He informed that custom hiring centers on paddy residue machinery have been formed in the block and laid stress on need of custom hiring and cooperative basis for proper utilization of paddy residue machineries.

On this occasion, Dr Ajaib Singh, Assistant Professor (Agricultural Engineering), sensitized the farmers regarding different nutrients available in paddy residue and need for their preservation. He explained various in-situ residue management technologies (use of Super SMS on combine, Surface Seeder, Smart Seeder, Super Seeder, Happy Seeder, Zero till drill, reversible mould board plough, mulcher and cutter) and ex-situ methods (like bailing of paddy residue and manual collection by gujjar community) for the effective management of paddy residue.

Dr Parminder Singh, Associate Professor (Animal Science), advocated the use of paddy straw in mushroom cultivation, paddy straw based biogas plant, for biochar, as mulch and as fodder and shared important tips for seasonal management of dairy animals.

In this camp, officials from the Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Garhshankar, Sh Gurinder Singh, Agriculture Development Officer and Sh Kulwinder Sahni, Block Technology Manager, were also present. They shared important information on the activities of the department regarding farmers’ welfare, wheat seed subsidy policy and ATMA scheme activities.

For the benefit of the farmers, seed of different rabi crops and literature were also provided.

Later, Sh Manohar Lal, Sarpanch of village Binjon, proposed a vote of thanks and assured all support to check the practice of crop residue burning.

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