7 January 2021, Punjab, IN: In continuation with its vigorous efforts towards effective implementation of Crop Residue Management project, the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Ropar organized a district level awareness camp at the village Chandpur Bela on January 7, 2021. The camp was held under the aegis of Directorate of Extension Education, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana and ICAR ATARI, Zone-1. The programme, organized as a part of the project on “Promotion of Agricultural Mechanization for In-situ Management of Crop Residue in Punjab” was held under the guidance of Dr GS Makkar, Deputy Director (Training), KVK, Ropar in which about 110 farmers and farm women of Anandpur Sahib block participated. The main objective of this programme was to create awareness among the farmers on the ill-effects of paddy residue burning and encourage them to adopt novel technologies recommended by PAU for the management of crop residue.
Dr Makkar apprised the participants of various aspects of Crop Residue Management project of the KVK and discussed the integrated weed management and integrated nutrient management aspects of the same. He informed that the CRM machinery like Happy Seeder, Rotavator, MB Plough, etc. are available at KVK and provided to the farmers free of cost for managing crop residue in their fields.
Dr Opinder Singh, Assistant Professor (Soil Science), shared tips on efficient working of CRM machinery. He also dwelt upon various methods for in-situ management of crop residue through mechanization techniques.
Dr Pawan Kumar, Assistant Professor of Plant Protection, explained IPM practices in wheat crop sown after paddy residue management with a special emphasis on Happy Seeder sown crop. He also guided the farmers regarding monitoring of yellow rust disease in wheat and its management.
Dr Aparna, Assistant Professor, Livestock Production; Dr Princy, Assistant Professor, Home Science and Ms Ankurdeep Preety, Assistant Professor, Agroforestry, discussed alternate uses of paddy residue in livestock production, entrepreneurship skills for farm women and poplar nursery, respectively.