Amritsar, October 13, Training Workshop on Rice Crop Residue Management at Khalsa College. A workshop `Training on Rice Crop Residue Management’ was today organized at PG Department of Agriculture, Khalsa College here in which the experts appealed the farmers to say no to the burning of straw which can be an asset for the agriculturists. Ranbir SinghRandhawa from State Agricultural Department said that approximately 20 MT rice straw is produced annually in Punjab which is blown to the smoke.The burning of the straw is proving havoc with an environment. The burning of stubbles results in huge loss of nitrogen, phosphorus and Potassium which makes the land’s soil redundant, said he while addressing the students and farmers. He presented in detail how an ordinary Combine Harvester could be modified for chopping of rice straw that can be easily incorporated in the soil.
The experts practically exhibited the chopper and showed how the farmers can sow wheat once paddy harvesting is over. In case vegetable are to be sown after paddy harvesting chopper cum shredder/Mulcher is recommended. He further said that Govt. is offering Rs. 44,000 for Happy Seeder, Rs. 50,000 for harvesting combine and Rs. 71,000 for Mulcher working subsidy for purchase and modification of these machines.He thanked the Khalsa College management for organizing the workshop. Dr.Mehal Singh Principal Khalsa College, Amritsar and HOD Dr.Randeep Kaur Bal were present during the field demonstration. The Principal suggested Agriculture students to disseminate the information of improved techniques in every village and save Punjab from environment hazards of burning of rice straw. On this occasion Dr.Gurbax Singh, Dr.Kanwaljit Singh and Dr.Jaswinder Singh Bhatia, Training Officer, Farmer Training Centre,Khalsa College were also present.
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