SUBJECT :Agriculture 


Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today gave approval for in-situ management of Paddy Straw for providing necessary farm machinery to farmers. Concluding the two-day 'Stakeholders' Consultative Conference on Management and Utilisation of Paddy Straw' jointly organised by the Departments of Science and Technology and Agriculture, the Chief Minister said the concept of re-incorporation of paddy straw would enormously help the farmers to retain the fertility of soil besides ensuring a environment-friendly solution for efficient disposal of paddy residue which otherwise was posing a major threat to the ecology of the state. He said this farmer friendly approach would relieve them of the problem of paddy burning thereby enabling them to sow the next crop without any hardships. Mr Badal revealed that according to the Agriculture experts and Soil Scientists, the in-situ mechanism of paddy straw would result in 25 per cent reduction in the fertilisers consumption thereby accruing a profit of nearly 400 crore annually to the state farmers. Conceding the demand of farmers, the Chief Minister agreed to convene a meeting of combined harvesters manufactures to ensure the installation of Straw Management System (SMS) on the harvesters to facilitate the farmers for making use of happy seeder for sowing wheat without any glitches as the SMS would beneficial in uniform dispersal of paddy straw in the fields. He directed the Financial Commissioner Development (FCD) to take up the issue of getting modification done as per the requirements of the local farmers in the farm equipments such as Paddy Straw Reapers, Mulchers, Choppers and Shredders to promote the technique of in-situ management of paddy straw in a result-oriented manner. He also asked the Dean Research of GADVASU to suggest ways and means of making optimum use of paddy straw as fodder for the cattle as it was not only enriched with several vitamins and nutrients needed for enhancing the milk production but also for improving the health of animals in general.

Source: Net India 123, Jan 4, 2014