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ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Zone-I, Ludhiana and Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana are jointly hosting a review meeting focused on Crop Residue Management, in hybrid mode, specifically tailored for the Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) operating in the states of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, and Uttar Pradesh at Ludhiana from September 10-11, 2023.

Dr Inderjeet Singh, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Science University, Ludhiana, graced the occasion as the chief guest, alongside distinguished dignitaries including Dr Parvender Sheoran, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Ludhiana; Dr J.P. Mishra, Director, ICAR-ATARI Jodhpur; Dr G.S. Butter, Director, Extension Education, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana; Dr P.S. Brar, Director, Extension Education, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Science University, Ludhiana and Dr Balwan Singh Mandal, Director of Extension Education, CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar.

During his address, the chief guest underscored the pioneering research efforts dedicated to standardizing best practices for utilizing paddy straw as a viable alternative to conventional dry fodder sources for livestock. He emphasized the paramount importance and far-reaching socio-economic impact of initiatives led by the KVKs, in disseminating knowledge and facilitating the adoption of diverse crop residue management options.

Dr Parvender Sheoran commenced the proceedings by providing a comprehensive overview of 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 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.

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