Sangrur village vows not to burn stubble - ECAS Punjab

Sangrur village vows not to burn stubble

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Tribune News Service
Sangrur, October 1

At a time when state farmers are threatening to burn paddy stubble to quickly sow wheat to ensure their participation in protests against the farm Acts, farmers of Bhamabadi village have decided not to put their fields on fire. It's the only village in the district where 90 per cent sowing of paddy was done through the direct sowing of rice (DSR) method without burning wheat stubble.

"In our village, farmers had sown paddy on 90 per cent area through the DSR technique as they wanted to to save water and environment. We are proud that our village has sown paddy through this method in the largest area. We are educating farmers not to burn paddy stubble and almost all of them are supporting us," said Bhamabadi village sarpanch Jagtar Singh.

Some farmers said in 2019, few had adopted the DSR technique, but after the Agriculture Department teams made them aware about the benefits of it, many decided to use it this year.

"As per a rough estimate, we have saved around Rs 2,000 to Rs 3,000 per acre because the DSR method is more cost-effective than the traditional method. We will also participate in protests, but do not want to burn the stubble as it will create problems for Covid patients," said Balwinder Singh, another village farmer.



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