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Use tools to manage straw, farmers told


Use tools to manage straw, farmers told

Tribune News Service

Sangrur, October 6

To give a push to the Congress government campaign against stubble-burning, Education and PWD Minister Vijay Inder Singla today invoked religion and asked farmers of the district to pay tribute on the 550th Parkash Purab by shunning the practice of burning stubble this year.

The district Agriculture Department authorities on Sunday organised a district-level training camp for farmers to give them a know-how on using latest machines. Also, 14 farmers were honoured for having shunned the practice for the last many years.

“I request all farmers to pay tribute on the 550th Parkash Purab by not burning stubble this year. Our government has launched various campaigns to help farmers manage paddy stubble without burning,” said the minister while addressing farmers here in the grain market.

Appeal of the minister appears to have some influence on the adamant farmers. “We don’t want to burn stubble, but we are compelled to do it as we have no other alternative. However, I think, we should pay tribute to Guru Nanak by saying no to the practice this year,” said Satwant Singh of Mangwal village. Figures of the department show that during 2018-19 financial year (FY), the Agriculture Department authorities had provided a subsidy of Rs14.10 crore to 1,307 farmers to purchase mulcher, happy seeders, rotavators, zero drill and other machines to dispose of the stubble without burning. During the current financial year, authorities have received a total of 701 applications to avail subsidy.

“Our government is seriously working hard to launch the required techniques to help farmers dispose of the stubble without burning. Our CM Capt Amarinder Singh has even visited some countries to understand the techniques they have adopted to resolve the issue,” said minister Singla.

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