21st October, 2015, Yamunanagar
KVKs of Haryana and Punjab in Zone-1 are organising Pakhwara on Mass Awareness against residue burning involving all the stakeholders (21st October to 5th November 2015). The objective of this campaign is to create awareness about the ill effects of residue burning and available technologies/interventions for management of residue.
Dr. K. S. Khokhar, VC, CCSHAU, Hisar initiated the ‘Pakhwara’ at KVK, Yamunanagar today. He informed the farmers that burning of crop residue leads to smoke, release of green house gases in addition to the loss of plant nutrients and severe effect on human health. The crop residue can be used for soil health improvement, reducing pollution, increasing productivity and increasing sustainability and resilience of agriculture. He advised the farmers to adopt resource conservation technologies under the changing scenario of climate change. In his presence, all the farmers and farm women took oath not to burn the crop residues in their fields.
Dr. R. S. Antil, Director (Extension) advised the farmers to adopt resource conservation technologies under the changing scenario of climate change. He also urged the farmers to use residue as mulching material which will work as nutrient for the next crop.
Other speakers shared the success story of mechanized transplanting in rice laid down in different villages and urged the farmers to adopt this technology in next rice season looking into the scarcity of labour. Farmers also took keen interest in live demonstration of wheat sowing by Happy Seeder. Latest technology for wheat, sugarcane and other crops were also shared with farmers.
Similarly, a Pre-Rabi Sammelan was organised by KVK, Sirsa in which about 2500 farmers and farm women participated. More than 30 stalls displayed improved seeds, implements and other input items and technologies. Seed treatment of Rabi crops was demonstrated to lay emphasis on protection of crops from seed borne diseases. Main focus was on crop residue management and resource conservation technologies.
(Source: Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Ludhiana)