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Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, continues its commitment to promoting responsible farming practices by organizing village-level awareness camps on paddy residue management technologies for farmers in various districts and their blocks. In this ongoing effort, KVK Hoshiarpur conducted an informative awareness camp in Kot Fatuhi village, located in Mahilpur block, on September 25, 2022.

Dr Maninder Singh Bons, Associate Director (Training) at KVK Hoshiarpur, warmly welcomed the participating farmers and initiated the camp by highlighting the detrimental effects of crop residue burning. He engaged in an in-depth discussion on various technological options for effective paddy residue management. Dr Bons emphasized the advantages of adopting these techniques and also shed light on improved cultivation practices for rabi crops, including wheat, gram, lentil, and gobhi sarson.

Dr Ajaib Singh, Assistant Professor (Agricultural Engineering) at KVK Hoshiarpur, provided detailed insights into the challenges of working with paddy residue management machinery. He discussed machineries such as Super SMS, Smart Seeder, Surface Seeder, Super Seeder, Happy Seeder, mould board plough, and zero till drill, offering practical solutions for effective field implementation.

Dr Parminder Singh, Associate Professor (Animal Science) at KVK Hoshiarpur, addressed the valuable nutrients present in paddy residue and emphasized the need for their preservation. He enlightened farmers on using paddy straw in biogas plants and as fodder and provided guidance on managing dairy animals.

The camp also saw the presence of influential local figures, including the former Sarpanch of the village, S. Gurmail Singh, and progressive farmers such as S Gurdeep Singh, S Malkeet Singh, S Bahadar Singh, S Arpan Singh, S Onkar Singh, and S Jarnail Singh. These esteemed individuals engaged in fruitful discussions with the experts, seeking solutions to their queries related to paddy residue management and the cultivation of various crops.

As part of its commitment to supporting farmers, KVK Hoshiarpur provided seeds of berseem, onion, vegetable seed kits, gobhi sarson, pulses, and fodder kits, along with mineral mixture, uromin licks, and informative literature.

In closing, S Gurmail Singh, the ex-Sarpanch, extended his heartfelt gratitude to all the experts and farmers, expressing his unwavering support for the noble endeavor of paddy residue management.

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