The Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) has come out with a solution for stubble-burning after wheat harvesting. It has developed a low-cost special ploughing implement, which gets a field ready for sowing the next crop within hours. The demonstration of the implement was held on Thursday in the fields of two farmers of the district — Harpal Singh of Sounti village, who has taken 17 acres of land on lease near RIMT University, Mandi Gobindgarh, and Lakhwinder Singh of Jalanpur village, who has 50 acres of land. The brain child of Kahan Singh Pannu, Chairman, PPCB, the implement costs only Rs 24,000. During the demonstration, the equipment with the help of a tractor of 45 HP prepared 1-acre field for sowing crop in 12 minutes. While taking to The Tribune, Kahan Singh Pannu said the government as well as the farming community was under great stress for stopping stubble-burning. The department and Kanwalpreet Brar, Deputy Commissioner, Fatehgarh Sahib, had been making consistent efforts to overcome this problem. He said by taking personal interest he got the equipment designed from a Batala-based company. He said using the equipment was very easy and it took less power and time as compared to other such types of existing ploughing machines. The wheel provided in the new equipment made ploughing easy.

Source: May 14, 2018, The Tribune