3rd September 2021, Mohali, Chandigarh
To celebrate the “Bharat Ka Amrut Mahotsav” in commemoration of 75 Years of India’s Independence, the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Department of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Government of India and ICAR in conjunction with the AGRI PROGRESS EXPO organized a Conference on “Mission Zero Stubble Burning” at Mohali, Chandigarh, Punjab today.
The Chief Guest, Smt. Shomita Biswas, Joint Secretary (M&T), Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Government of India highlighted the advantages of residue management for ensuring the good health of soil, animals and humans. Citing her recent experience of visiting the Residue Burning Free Villages, Smt. Biswas urged for replicating the same Model in the other villages too.
In his address, Dr. B.S. Sidhu, Commissioner (Agriculture), Government of Punjab regarded the timely capacity building of stakeholder, supply of machinery and funds as crucial in achieving the Zero Stubble Burning.
The Special Guest, Padam Shri, Dr. Baldev Singh, Former Vice-chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, Punjab outlined the role of technology in the management of residue. He also stressed on the need for further research in the development of the CRM Machinery.
Dr. Rajbir Singh, Director, ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Ludhiana, Punjab highlighted the efforts made and shared some selected case studies of the Residue Burning Free Villages.
The farmers from Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana shared their success stories and lessons learnt on Crop Residue Management during the Conference.
More than 250 delegates from Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi participated in the Conference.
(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Ludhiana, Punjab)