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Conference on Mission Zero Stubble Burning organised

3rd September 2021, Mohali, Chandigarh

In Commemoration of 75 Years of India’s Independence “Bharat Ka Amrut Mahotsav”, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Department of Agriculture & farmers welfare, Government of India and Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) organised Conference on Mission Zero Stubble Burningon 3rd September 2021 in conjunction with AGRI PROGRESS EXPO at Mohali. In this conference, farmers’ from Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana shared their success stories and lesson  learnt on crop residue management. The experts from all walks of life also deliberated on various issues pertaining to mission zero stubble burning. On this occasion, Dr. B.S. Sidhu, Commissioner (Agriculture), Government of Punjab, suggested that timely capacity building of stakeholder, timely supply of machinery and funds are the crucial in achieving the zero stubble burning.

Padam Shri awardee Dr. Baldev Singh, Former Vice-chancellor, PAU and Special Guest on this occasion highlighted the role of technology in the management of residue and also emphasised need to do further research in the development of the CRM machinery. He appreciated the work carried out by KVKs, PAU, Agriculture department and manufacturers.

Ms Shomita Biswas, Joint Secretary (M&T), GOI and the Chief Guest of the conference emphasised that all stakeholders should work in tendon to achieve this mission. She stated residue management is not only good for environment but also take care of the health of soil, animal and humans as well. She narrated her recent experience of visiting residue burning free villages and urged that the same model can be replicated in other villages.  She visualized that  stubble burning will stop with the co-operation and coordination of all stakeholders.

The conference started with the welcome address by S. Baldev Singh, Chairman, PSAIMA and Mr GS Dhilloon, MD Udan Media & Communication and vote of thanks proposed by S. Sarabjeet Singh Panesar, Secretary, AMMA-India.

Dr Rajbir Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Ludhiana convenor of the conference and anchored the programme.  He explained the efforts made and shared some selected case study of residue burning free villages.

More than 250 delegates from Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and NCT of Delhi participated in this conference.