DC THANKS FARMERS FOR CONTRIBUTING GENEROUSLY IN IMPROVING AIR QUALITY BY NOT BURNING PADDY STRAW

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PARTICIPATES IN INTERACTIVE SESSION TO MAKE THE FARMERS AWARE OF HARMFUL EFFECTS OF PADDY STRAW BURNING
SPENT MORE THAN TWO HOURS IN THE FIELD TO ACQUAINT FARMERS ABOUT NEW TECHNIQUES OF PADDY STRAW MANAGEMENT
Lallian Kalan (Jalandhar) October 23 (Jaswinder Azad)- Deputy Commissioner Jalandhar Mr. Varinder Kumar Sharma today thanked the farmers for contributing generously for improving the air quality of the state in general and district in particular by not burning paddy straw in the fields.
Interacting with the farmers during an interactive session organized by the Agriculture department to make the farmers aware of harmful effects of paddy straw burning here today, the Deputy Commissioner, accompanied by Sub Divisional Magistrate Mr. Paramveer Singh, said that the atmosphere in the city and surrounding areas was largely clear as compare to last year because the farmers have adhered to appeal of the state government to not burn the paddy straw. He said that no air pollution was visible as compared to last year when farmers had indulged in this practice. Mr. Sharma said that it was bounden duty of all the citizens, especially the farmers, to improve soil health and atmosphere in the region.
The Deputy Commissioner, who spent more than two hours in the field during which live demonstrations were given to farmers about new techniques of paddy straw management, said that the farmers of the state were God fearing and they would abide by the teachings of Sri Guru Granth Sahib which teaches us to preserve air, water and soil health. He said that in a pro-farmer initiative the state government was already giving subsidies to farmers for using hi-tech machines for paddy straw management. Mr. Sharma also recalled the glorious tradition of the farmers of the state to make the country self reliant in food production by braving the vagaries of weather.
The Deputy Commissioner said that the hazardous practice of paddy straw burning could cause irreparable damage to our environment and human health. He said that it was the need of the hour to do away with this practice for saving the environment of our state. Mr. Sharma bemoaned that due to this practice along with excessive use of fertilizers the air, water and land of state were being severely polluted.
Exhorting the farmers to pool heavy agricultural machinery through the Cooperative societies and Agri Centres to reduce their input cost in agriculture, the Deputy Commissioner said that it would also help in maximizing the profits of the farmers. He said that this would help in transforming the destiny of farmers by making agriculture a more profitable venture. Mr. Sharma solicited the whole hearted support and cooperation of farmers for checking the menace adding he said that all of us should join hands to eliminate this curse for saving our environment.
On the occasion, the Deputy Commissioner accompanied by officers of the agriculture department visited a field in village and personally saw the operation of Happy seeder, Rotavator, Paddy cutter cum shredder, Paddy chopper cum shredder and mulcher to ensure optimum management of paddy straw. He also minutely observed the mechanism of the harvester combines with Super Straw Management System, which he said could act as a game changer by helping the farmers in efficaciously managing the straw.
On the occasion Sub Divisional Magistrate Mr. Paramveer Singh, Chief Agriculture Officer Dr. Arvinder Singh Cheena, Agriculture officer Dr. Naresh Gulati and others were also present.

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