04 March 2021, Punjab, IN: Many times it was observed that farmers do not follow the recommended technology and burn paddy straw in the fields which adversely affects our environment and agro-eco system. To educate the farmers from various aspects of paddy straw burning free agricultural techniques, a field day on Happy Seeder sown wheat technology was organized by Farm Advisory Service Centre and KVK, Amritsar at Village Madhu Chhanga on 04.03.2021.
Many farmers of district Amritsar were benefited through the field day with the help of demonstration plot, expert guidance, exhibition and farmers training camp. Dr Narinderpal Singh, District Extension Specialist (Senior Most) discussed the environment and natural resource management issues of Punjab Agriculture. He highlighted the need of good agriculture for sustainable development and better livelihood of the farmers. To improve the livelihood of the small farmers he requested to put some area under vegetables for more employment and regular income flow.
Dr S S Dhaliwal, Principal Soil Chemist, Department of Soil Science, PAU Ludhiana, stressed upon importance of biofortification of field crops with micronutrients for nutritional security. He also lauded the role of micronutrients for vegetable and horticultural crops. Meanwhile Dr Vivek Sharma, Soil Chemist, PAU, Ludhiana highlighted the importance of soil testing and judicious use of fertilizers in wheat sown with happy seeder technology. He also stressed upon the role of residue incorporation on soil physical, chemical and biological properties and details of the technology. Dr Gurmeet Singh, District Extension Specialist (Entomology) emphasized the safe use of plant protection technology to raise the crops. Dr Sukjhjinderjit Singh of KVK, Amritsar discussed the role of livelsock in the farming systems for income and employment generation.
Agriculture Officers, Horticultural Officers and other participants from line departments, progressive farmers actively participated in open house discussion and a brain storming session with the farmers. The farmers discussed various issues related to the technology clarifications, inputs, agricultural development problems etc. Mr Balwinder Singh, displayed the activities of the FPO Jagriti which was established with the help of PAU experts and NABARD funding. Special guest Mr Jaskirat Singh, DDM, NABARD told the activities of NABARD and benefits of FPO’s for better farming business. It was realized in the field day that for the beter livelihood of farmers positive and joint efforts of the Government, Punjab Agricultural University, line departments, Cooperatives, Private Partnership as well as of the Farmers are required.