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Krishi Vigyan Kendra Samrala organized Awareness Programme Cum Live Demonstration of Happy Seeder on Paddy Residue Management in collaboration with Guru Nanak National College, Doraha And commissionerate GST Ludhiana

Krishi Vigyan Kendra Samrala, organized awareness programme cum live demonstration on Happy seeder for mobilization of farmers and college students on paddy residue management in village Lopon on 30.10.2018 in which about 120 farmers and students participated. Dr. S.C. Sharma, Associate Director, Krishi Vigyan Kendra informed about various training programmes, awareness programmes, field demonstrations and other extension activities organized by KVK for efficient management of crop residue for sustainable agriculture under Crop Residue Management Project sponsored by ICAR under the aegis of Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. He also gave a call to farmers of four villages(Lopon, Mehdooda, Sultanpur and Khaira)where Happy SAeeder demonstrations will be conducted as well as students for creating mass awareness among farming community with message, NO To Crop Residue Burn. He also highlighted harmful effects of burning of crop residue and made aware the audience that KVK is conducting demonstrations for the effective management of paddy residues at farmers field. Five villages of district Ludhiana (Diwala, Powat, Gosalan, Ghulal and Gharkhana) adopted as CRM villages to make these villages, Burn Free villages. Five days trainings were imparted , Farmers Scientists interface organized, mobilization of school/ colleges students through different activities made aware about pollution due to residue burning, its bad effects & PAU recommended CRM technologies for wider awareness among farming community and with appeal, No Residue Burn. Mr. Amanjit Singh, Deputy Commissioner, CGST, Ludhiana was the chief guest of the event. He appealed the farmers to get technical knowhow from KVK to curb the menace of crop residue burning. Mr. Bhupinder Singh, Suprintendent , CGST also graced the occasion and urged the farmers to adopt recommended technologies in agriculture and conserve the natural resources. Mr. V.J. Saharan Assistant Commissioner, CGST, Ludhiana in his address talked about the importance of cleanliness and apprised the participants about the Swachhta Pakhwara celebrated by CGST with a goal of No Residue Burn. Progressive farmers from village Ghulal, Lopo and Sultanpur shared their experiences on use of Happy Seeder and urged the farmers to stop residue burning as adoption of Happy Seeder technology is a win win situation to farmers. The Progressive farmers who are practicing crop residue management for many years were honoured at this occasion. Dr. Harshneet Singh, Assistant Professor (Soil Science) briefed the participants about the benefits of incorporating crop residue in soil and its effect on soil enrichment and importance of Soil Health card. Er. Arshdeep Singh, Assistant Professor (Agri. Engineering), KVK shared various technological options for in-situ crop residue management in detail and also informed the participants about the benefits of adopting crop residue management techniques. The students of the college along with the officials carried out a rally for creating awareness among the villagers regarding crop residue burning. Later on, live demonstration on working principles of Happy Seeder was demonstrated in the fields. The farmers were given detailed information about the problems faced and their solutions, while working with crop residue management machinery in the fields. S. Yogeshwar Singh Mangat, Vice President of the college thanked all the participants for sparing their time for the event and appreciated the efforts of Krishi Vigyan Kendra in serving farming community. Dr. Lovleen Bains Dean, Extension activities of GNN College, coordinated the programme and appealed the farmers to curb the menace of residue burning.

 

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