Continuing with its efforts to tackle the pressing issue of paddy straw burning, the Department of Extension Education, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), organised an awareness camp on “Crop Residue Management” at Thakkarval village of block Ludhiana in which about 50 farmers participated.
Dr Kuldeep Singh, Head, Department of Extension Education, expressed concern over the prevailing situation of farm fires which was resulting in health and environmental hazards. He also stressed the importance of no-burn agriculture with specific thrust on surface seeding, a new technology recommended by PAU.
Dr Lakhwinder Kaur, Extension Scientist, in her welcoming remarks, shared the ill effects of paddy straw burning and motivated the farmers to shun this practice. She also guided the farmers about kitchen gardening so as to meet nutrition requirements at domestic level.
The final year B.Sc Agriculture (Hons) students of the College of Agriculture acquainted the farmers with new machinery recommended by PAU for paddy straw management. They also promoted various academic programs being run in the university.
Sardar Shingara Singh, Secretary of the village cooperative society, proposed a vote of thanks. On this occasion, vegetable kits, oilseed kits and PAU literature were distributed among the farmers.