10th August, 2018, Hisar
One-day Sensitization Workshop on “Promotion of Agricultural Mechanization for in-situ Management of Crop Residue” for KVKs and farmers of Haryana & Delhi has been organized today at CCSHAU, Hisar by ICAR-ATARI, Zone-II, Jodhpur.
Prof. K. P. Singh, Vice Chancellor, CCSHAU, Hisar and Chief Guest on the occasion said burning of crop residues is not only a problem of state/country but also a global problem. The crop residue burning effect is manifold and remains in environment for many years. The responsibility of minimizing crop residue burning is to be tackled by all stakeholders to protect environment through implementation of this project by creating awareness amongst farmers/farm women/rural youth and school children, he urged.
Dr. V. P. Chahal, ADG (Agril. Extn.), ICAR, New Delhi briefed about importance of the project by convergence, collaboration and competition with support of all the stakeholders and women farmers should be given priority for creation of awareness so that the same can be propagated.
Dr. S. K. Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Zone-II, Jodhpu,r said the project be implemented with participatory mode by all stakeholders so that awareness can be created through demonstrations on farm mechanization, trainings, etc. Rice-wheat cropping system should be managed in a proper way so that environment challenges could be tackled in an efficient manner. Short duration pulse like green gram should be incorporated in rice-wheat cropping system to improve soil health he appealed.
Dr. Rajbir Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Zone-I, Ludhiana said crop residue generated in the fields should be managed a proper manner so as to increase fertility of land, reducing pollution, reducing indiscriminate use of chemical fertilizers, protecting of natural resources, etc.
The workshop was attended by Senior Scientist & Heads, Subject Matter Specialists of 15 KVKs and 150 opinion leader farmers of Haryana & Delhi.
KVKs involved in this project will implement various activities like purchase of farm machinery and implements, conducting demonstrations on Crop Residue Management (CRM) technologies and practices, training of farmers and creating awareness activities on CRM in 2018-19.
(Source : ICAR-ATARI, Jodhpur)