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DG, ICAR flagged off final phase of in-situ residue management

A Convergence Meet on crop residue management titled “Converging Harbingers of Agriculture, Allied department & KVKs for Demonstrating Excellence in Residue Management (CHAK DE)” was organized in which various issues related to crop residue management were discussed. Dr. T. Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & DG (ICAR) was the Chief Guest of the meet which was organized by ICAR-ATARI, Ludhiana in collaboration with Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana.

 Dr. T. Mohapatra, in his inaugural address, thanked farmers of Punjab and Haryana for feeding the entire nation and urged them to lead the way against crop residue burning as well. He said that managing 20 million tons of paddy straw in Punjab in three weeks is a herculean task but in-situ management has many advantages over other options. He mentioned that as the paddy harvesting has started, the campaign against residue burning has entered in final and decisive phase. Efforts must be aimed to seek positive action from all the stakeholders in a single voice. He emphasized the significance of collaborative efforts of all the stakeholders of agriculture for realizing effective crop residue management. Considering the necessity of united action to transform the way crop residue is handled, he urged the organizations, institutions, government bodies, farm machine manufacturers, finance institutions and farmers to converge their efforts in a systematic and holistic way to reap desired outcomes.

Dr. B. S. Dhillon, Vice-chancellor, PAU, Ludhiana expressed his happiness to see the convergence among different organizations and institutes and urged every participant to contribute while accomplishing common objective of stubble management.  He further emphasized that any action which creates confusion among stakeholders at this stage will desist us from this mission. He assured farmers of all the support in dealing with residue management and asked them to do what is best for themselves and their generations to come.

Dr. A. S. Nanda, Vice-chancellor, GADVASU, Ludhiana emphasized that the efforts towards crop residue management are not just about implementing a government scheme but a crucial step towards transforming the way agriculture is done.

 

Earlier, Dr. Rajbir Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Ludhiana briefed the house about the activities being undertaken by the KVKs and achievements in terms of given targets under in-situ management of crop residue. He appreciated the vital and unique role played by different stakeholders and every actor, public or private, in fighting the menace of residue burning while paving the way for sustainable agriculture in the region. He stressed upon the missionary zeal that is necessary to cope the challenges posed by modern agriculture and need of convergence of all the stakeholders.

More than 150 delegates participated representing State Departments of Agriculture of Punjab and Haryana, farm machinery manufacturers, state agricultural universities, ICAR institutes, Krishi Vigyan Kendras of Punjab & Haryana, financial institutions, cooperative societies, custom hiring centres, farmers etc. Nukkad nataks and skits were performed by the students of PAU, GADVASU and GNNC, Doraha depicting clear message against burning stubbles. The program concluded with a positive note when all the participants assured their all possible efforts to curb paddy residue burning.

 

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