India’s Pathankot’s share in farm fires at less than 1% | Daily News

India’s Pathankot’s share in farm fires at less than 1%

Chief Agriculture Officer Dr Amrik Singh during a field demonstration of paddy management and awareness programme. (Express photo)
Chief Agriculture Officer Dr Amrik Singh during a field demonstration of paddy management and awareness programme. (Express photo)

When over 3 lakh paddy stubble burning cases were reported in Punjab from 2017 to 2021 on over 90 lakh hectares of paddy area collectively, Pathankot – the smallest district of the state (area-wise, not population-wise) – did not even have 1% share in the state’s total stubble fires and area burnt.

The district is consistent in keeping the burning to a bare minimum and is aiming to make it burning-free in the coming harvesting season.

The district is managing more than 80% of its crop residue by adopting different means. And the main force behind all these programmes is the chief agriculture officer (CAO) of the district, Dr Amrik Singh, an agricultural extension service worker.

Agricultural extension (also known as agricultural advisory services) plays a crucial role in boosting agricultural productivity, increasing food security, improving rural livelihoods, and promoting agriculture as an engine of pro-poor economic growth.

For the past six years, Dr Singh managed to motivate farmers either to incorporate crop stubble into the soil or to sell it to the Gujjars (who are primarily milch cattle rearers) as fodder and earn Rs 1,000-2,000 per acre.

(www.indian express.com)


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