KVK personnel trained to set the tone for in-situ crop residue management

KVK personnel trained to set the tone for in-situ crop residue managementThree training courses on “In-situ paddy residue management through machinery” have been successfully organized by ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute (ICAR-ATARI), Ludhiana in collaboration with Department of Farm Machinery and Power Engineering (FMPE), PAU, Ludhiana. The training was designed for successful implementation of centrally sponsored scheme “Promotion of Agricultural Mechanization for In-situ Management of Crop Residue in the States of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and NCT of Delhi” by empowering experts of 60 Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) with the technical know-how of the effective technologies for residue management.  The first training was conducted during August 6-7, 2018 for the KVKs of Haryana and Delhi. The second training was organized during August 9-10, 2018 for the KVKs of Uttar Pradesh and the third one was for the KVKs of Punjab during August 13-14, 2018.

Dr. Jaskaran Singh Mahal, Director, Extension, PAU, Ludhiana, while explaining the significance of in-situ residue management, mentioned about the problem of residue burning and urgency shown by the central government in curbing it. He also gave a brief review of the efforts of research system in developing effective technologies and their regular improvement. He urged KVK scientists to clear all their doubts during the training about use of machines and provisions in the project and share their learning from the field with fellow participants.

Dr. Rajbir Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Ludhiana said “KVK scientists have been working relentlessly to aware farmers and other stakeholders about the ill-effects of residue burning. Now, the support from central government for the cause will give huge boost to the movement started by the KVKs and would yield better results.”

In these three training courses, 135 heads and SMSs of 60 KVKs form Haryana, Delhi, Punjab and UP participated and got the opportunity for hand on exercises and exposure visit at manufacturers of various machinery of crop residue management.
During the training, literature on In-situ management of rice residue was also shared for further dissemination.

(Source: ICAR- Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Zone-1, Ludhiana)