School dropout bucks the trend of stubble burning - ECAS Punjab

School dropout bucks the trend of stubble burning

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Parvesh Sharma
Tribune News Service
Sangrur, October 16

At a time when many farmers of the state are adamant on burning paddy stubble on the pretext of lack of required equipment, Daljeet Singh (55) from Kakra village has set an example as he has been cultivating various crops on 220 acres without burning stubble for the past five years.

He has also been trying to spread awareness about the ill-effects of stubble burning. He owns 70 acres in Kakra and 150 acres in Sagar district of Madhya Pradesh.

"I have studied only up till class VIII but since I wanted to save the environment, I have been taking help of educated members in my family and government officers. From the past five years, we have not burnt crop residue," the farmer said.

At Kakra village, he has been cultivating maize, potato and paddy, while in MP he sows soybean, mustard and wheat.

"The burning of residue takes away the nutrients of land. Also, I noticed that per acre production of crops has increased after we shunned stubble burning," he said.

His son Harkanwal Singh also helps Daljeet in farming. "Though I am preparing for civil services, I help my father by apprising him about the latest techniques," Harkanwal said.

Sangrur Deputy Commissioner Ramvir said special teams of the Agriculture Department had been visiting almost all villages of the district to convince farmers against burning stubble.

Daljinder Singh, another farmer from Chathe Nakte village of Sangrur, cultivates various crops on 18 acres and has refrained from burning stubble from the last 10 years.

"After I shunned stubble burning seven years back, my per acre production of crops increased. I have been getting all support from the Agriculture Department and requesting other members of my community to stop burning crop residue," said Gurdeep Singh, a farmer from Mehal Kalan of Barnala.

Besides, officers of Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Kheri, have also been organising training camps in various villages.

"I, along with our officers, have been visiting various villages to convince farmers against burning of fields. We have got a encouraging response so far," said Tej Pratap Singh Phoolka, Barnala DC.

from The Tribune

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