Farmers urged to adopt organic paddy straw management
Jalandhar – Alarmed over rising smog and pollution level, the state government on Wednesday apprised the farmers about an organic method of doing away with paddy straw, which has hit the state hard in the past few months. This unique project was first launched in Tarn Taran and Bathinda districts of Punjab in association with Krishi Vigyan Kendra and Agriculture Departments, where paddy straw was naturally dumped into a pit in the fields, hence converting it into organic manure.The Project titled as ‘Paddy Straw Management’ was meant to be carried out by MNREGA workers, were not only the marginal farmers would be able to get organic manure but the workers would get job too. In Tarn Taran and Bathinda, the farmers were informed that after filling the pit with paddy straw and covering it with mud, they could easily sow any crop over it. The idea was to make the farmers aware of the effective use of paddy straw as a recharging nutrient for soil fertility and its hazards. A group of farmers led by Sarpanch Balwinder Singh, agriculture experts and Additional Deputy Commissioner Dr Bhupinder Pal Singh in Malli Nangal village in Jalandhar took the initiative and dug up a four feet deep, 20 feet long and eight feet broad hole, which was filled with cow dung and around 2.5 ton paddy straw.The hole was then covered with the soil to be opened before next paddy sowing season. “The farmers were apprised that how through a simple technique of organic stubble management, the dumped paddy straw would turn into compost before the next paddy sowing season. The organic manure could be directly used in place of fertilizers, which would enhance the nutrient value of the soil”, said Chief Agriculture Officer Singh Cheena. “Apart from the organic manure, this initiative would also reduce the input cost of the farmers. If this practice was continued for three consecutive Seasons, then there would be no need of using the fertilizers on that chunk of land in future”, they said.Additional Deputy Commissioner Bhupinder Pal Singh said that paddy Straw burning was no solution, as it was seriously affecting climate besides causing a huge damage to human and soil health. “This was a cost effective method, as all the farmers can easily get cow dung to use it for organic manure”, he said. The Chief Agriculture Officer said that if the farmers adopted this method, it would immensely benefit the environment, which was witnessing acute choking weather these days due to Smog.
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