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Panchayat Conference Concludes with the Pledge to Shun Stubble Burning

24th September 2019, Ludhiana

Panchayat Conference on crop residue management was jointly organised by ICAR-ATARI and GBDSGNS Foundation, Ludhiana at ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Ludhiana during 23-24 September 2019 with the objective to reach at grass root level against residue burning. Dr. Rajbir Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Ludhiana in his welcome address, explained that this is a unique conference in which ICAR Institute, NGO, Administration, Agricultural University, International Institute came together to disseminate the message of crop residue management to the elected representatives of local government so that message percolate down to the grass root level while elaborating the ill effect of stubble burning to the environment. He explained that this platform provide excellent opportunity to join hands for unified action which is the main objective of organising such conference.

 In his inaugural address, Sh. Rishi Pal Singh, IAS, ADC (Development), appreciated the efforts of ICAR-ATARI in organising Panchayat Conference, unique of its kind, for bringing the elected Panchayatsat single platform to share their views. He urged the Panchayat Pradhan, Sarpanchs and Panchs to shun the practice of straw burning and become the champion of mission zero burning by showing the path to other farmers of their respective Panchayats. Dr. J.S. Mahal, Director of Extension Education, PAU, Ludhiana, in his remarks, make aware Panchayat members about various technologies developed for crop residue management. He also urged them to help government and Non-Government organisations in out scaling these technologies amongst farmers for clean and green environment. Dr. Himanshu Gupta, SDM, Raikot also exhorted the participants of the conference to work together for this noble cause. Dr. H.S. Sidhu, Senior Research Engineer, BISA, Ludhiana; Dr. Manpreet Singh and Er. Arshdeep Singh, PAU, Ludhiana presented their technical lectures on crop residue management in the conference. Furthermore, champion farmers who are not burning the crop residue in their field also deliberated during the conference and shared their experience.

In the conference, more than 120 elected Sarpanches and Panchayat members of 35 villages of Raikot block of Ludhiana district participated and sensitised about ill effect of stubble burning to human, animal, soil health, etc. Dr. H.S. Sidhu, CEO, GBDSGNS Foundation declared that foundation will act untiringly to declare cluster of 35 villages as residue burning free villages in association with ICAR, PAU, CCI foundation, local administration and other stakeholders in a mission mode.