Ludhiana 12 September 2019-Indian Council of Agricultural Research and Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India organized national conference of farmers on Promoting In situ residue management at scale for clean and green environment at New Delhi. About 1500 farmers from Punjab, Haryana, U.P and New Delhi participated in the conference. On this occasion Sh. Parshotam Rupala, Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Govt. of India and Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Director General, ICAR honoured 10 farmers of Punjab for their significant contribution in managing paddy straw. Among them, two progressive farmers Narinder Singh from village Booh Havelian, district Tarn Taran and Mr. Bhupinder Singh from village Badanpur from district Mohali were honoured for their significant contribution in managing paddy straw. Both these villages were adopted by Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Tarn Taran and KVK Mohali last year under the crop residue management project.

For management of paddy crop residues, machinery such as Happy Seeder, Cutter cum Spreader, Chopper, Zero Till Drill, MB plough were provided in these adopted villages free of cost. Both the progressive farmers had sown their wheat crop with Happy Seeder without burning any residue on their field. Besides, they had sown land of other farmers of adjoining villages and organized a campaign against paddy straw burning in their and surrounding villages. In district Tarn Taran village Booh Havelian having 900 acres area was made 100% burning free while in village Badanpur about 80% area was saved from paddy residue burning last year with the help of KVKs. Dr. Balwinder Kumar, Deputy Director, KVK Tarn Taran and Dr Yashwant Singh, Deputy Director KVK Mohali along with 100 farmers from different villages of district Tarn Taran and Mohali participated in this conference. Dr. A.S. Nanda, Vice Chancellor, Dr. H.K. Verma, Director of Extension Education, GADVASU, Ludhiana and Dr. Rajbir Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI Zone-1 Ludhiana congratulated farmer Narinder Singh and Bhupinder Singh from Tarn Taran and Mohali and staff of KVKs for this national award and honor in managing the crop residue. Both the progressive farmers thanked KVKs for providing them timely guidance and support for the management of straw.