Do you see a change in the mindset of farmers in dealing with paddy stubble?
We started counselling farmers in Booh Havelien and Jauneke villages (Tarn Taran district) in June. The message was very strong — no burning paddy residue in the fields. We have reached out to over 2,000 farmers, who plough over 1,500 acres, directly through this programme and we are certain that over 90% of them will not burn stubble in their fields this season.
But are the farmers willing to bear the extra cost that comes with stubble management?
We have been organising farmers’ melas in the district. We make sure that the machines used to clear the stubble are provided at 10-15% discount by the companies. However, this region has medium to very small and marginal farmers and some of them have small land holdings. To help small and marginal farmers, KVK has acquired equipment that we rent out at nominal costs and sometimes even free. The stubble burning season has already started in this region and most of the farmers are using paddy wastes to make animal fodder.
What are some of the challenges that farmers face in the region?
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1 Comment on this Story
Kussh Singh829 days ago
The effort of this kvk in its district is a drop in the ocean. The journalist covering the news has not cared to ask the kvk director whether it''s his job to stop the stubble burning. At the most, the kvk alongwith dc office can estimate the type of resources required to facilitate and stop the burning of paddy stubble by suitable carrot and stick policy but ultimately it is the cm and chief secretary who have to implement solutions on such a large scale. It is good that the farmers are causing problems as society has not them with the economic means to earn a decent living and is paying peanuts for food.