Ludhiana 11 October 2018-The NSS volunteers and cultural wing of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana presented ‘Nukad Natak’ on Stubble Burning at Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute (ATARI). The chief guest of the occasion was Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary, Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE) & Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). Other eminent personalities present on the occasion were Dr. Amarjit Singh Nanda, Vice-Chancellor GADVASU, Dr. Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, Dr. Rajvir Singh, Director, ATARI and Dr. H.K Verma, Director Extension, GADVASU.

Indicating excellent ways in residue management, a total of 30 NSS volunteers of GADVASU presented the street play spreading awareness among farmers and villagers to refrain from burning of ‘parali’. The participants used banners with slogans written on them like ‘Jhona vadd ke asien prali nahin jalauni hai, chopper de naal kat ke dharti vich dabauni hai”. It was a bid to reduce the pollution caused by stubble burning, which is a major cause of environmental pollution and farmers mainly from Punjab and Haryana burn it as a low-cost straw-disposal practice. During the performance, the students demonstrated and encouraged the farmers to adopt ‘Happy Seeder’ technique etc. The whole sequence included songs, dialogues, slogans and dances to motivate farmers. The performance was much appreciated by Dr. Mohapatra, VCs of GADVASU and PAU and the audience present at ATARI. Mrs. Nidhi Sharma, Welfare Officer, GADVASU stated that it is the need of the hour to stop stubble burning altogether since it has a number of harmful effects on the environment.

The main theme of the event was ‘Converging Harbingers of Agriculture, Allied Departments and KVKs for demonstrating excellence in Residue Management”. Other items presented on the occasion were from Guru Nanak National College, Doraha and PAU, Ludhiana.

While appreciating the theatrical skills of the students Dr Amarjit Singh Nanda said “Burning of crop residue contributes indirectly to the increased ozone pollution resulting not only in health risks like aggravating asthma but also has adverse consequences on the quality of soil.”