The Punjab governor Sh. V.P.Singh Badnore today called upon the farming community to shun burning of paddy straw in order to save the environment and enhance the land fertility.

Addressing the farmers after inaugurating the Kisan Mela at KVK Rauni Patiala, the Governor said that the farmers should adopt alternative measures and make aptimum use of the subsidised machinery offered by the state government to tackle the stubble burning issues in the state. He also said that stubble burning has been proved not only a major health hazard but has reduced the soil fertility in the areas under cultivation.

Dr Rajbir Singh Brar, Director, Agricultural Technology Application and Research Institute (ATARI), was the guest of honour while Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon presided over the mela. Heavy rush of farmers was seen at the mela, where 145 stalls were put up by different departments of PAU, agricultural machinery manufacturers, self-help groups etc.

Appreciating the Punjab farmers in taking up straw management technologies and implementating innovative techniques in farming, the Governor said “Punjab farmers have earned great recognition in the national and international arena. Farmers of Rajasthan also learn from farmers of Punjab, who are number one in the adoption of innovative technologies and credit for Green Revolution also goes to them.” He said Green Revolution was a history nowand asked the farmers to move ahead towwwards achieving newer goals.

He also complimented the coordinated approach of the PAU scientists and farmers for strong linkages and accessibility. University learns from farmers and farmers learn from PAU. The Governor expressed concern over soil degradation and called upon the farmers to maintain soil health. He stressed on forming farmer-producer organisations (FPOs) to reap benefit in terms of marketing.

Dr Brar urged the farmers to enhance their income through the adoption of subsidiary occupations. He also underlined the need for conserving natural resources and making safe use of farm machinery. “These melas provide an opportunity to the farmers to see live demonstrations and interact with the scientists,” he added.

During the mela, farmers made a queue to purchase improved and quality seed, and farm publications published by PAU. A folk singer enthralled the gathering of farmers with his Punjabi song, exhorting the farmers not to indulge in stubble burning.

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