ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Zone-I, Ludhiana and Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana jointly organized a Review Workshop of the Crop Residue Management (CRM) project at Ludhiana from September 10-11, 2023. All 60 project implementing Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, and Uttar Pradesh participated in the workshop.
Dr. Inderjeet Singh, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Science University (GADVASU), Ludhiana, graced the inaugural session of the workshop as the Chief Guest, along with other dignitaries including Dr. Parvender Sheoran, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Ludhiana; Dr. J. P. Mishra, Director, ICAR-ATARI Jodhpur; Dr. G. S. Buttar, Director, Extension Education, PAU, Ludhiana; Dr. P.S. Brar, Director, Extension Education, GADVASU, Ludhiana and Dr. Balwan Singh Mandal, Director of Extension Education, CCSHAU, Hisar.
Dr. Inderjeet Singh emphasized pioneering research efforts dedicated to standardizing best practices for utilizing paddy straw as a viable alternative to conventional dry fodder sources for livestock. He also stressed upon the high importance and far-reaching socio-economic impact of initiatives led by the KVKs, in disseminating information and facilitating the adoption of diverse crop residue management options.
Dr. Ranjay Kumar Singh, ADG (Agril. Extn.), ICAR, acted as the Chief Guest of the valedictory session. Dr. Singh emphasized the imperativeness of quality of work and evidence-based reporting for not only maintaining the credibility of KVKs but also taking this reputation to newer heights. He cautioned the system against possible claims of work carried out by the KVKs by multiple agencies working in similar domains, hence the significance of geo-tagging all our field activities can not be ignored. Dr. Singh appreciated KVKs for their painstaking work on one hand and advised them to create greater visibility of their work on the other. Dr. Singh assured unconditional support and facilitation from ICAR headquarters and ATARIs to all the KVKs.
Dr Parvender Sheoran commenced the proceedings by providing a comprehensive overview of the CRM project’s achievements, executed by KVKs across four states, under the overarching guidance of ICAR-ATARI, Ludhiana, spanning from 2018-19 to 2022-23. Additionally, he elucidated the strategic roadmap for Crop Residue Management (CRM) activities slated for the upcoming 2023-24 season. He further outlined plans and roadmap awareness programs for the upcoming ‘Parali Prabandhan Chetna Yatra’ and ‘Technology Sensitisation-cum-Awareness Pakhwara‘, which aims to raise awareness about residue management.
Dr. J. P. Mishra extended his heartfelt congratulations to the KVKs for their exceptional contributions to the field of crop residue management. While acknowledging their remarkable work, he emphasized the importance of intensifying efforts and placing even greater emphasis on achieving excellence in this critical domain. During the valedictory session of the workshop, Dr. Mishra raised concerns over the lower utilization rate of CRM machinery especially in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.