Jalandhar: Jagjeet Singh of Jalandhar district’s village Lallian has taken a pledge to keep his village free of nagging stubble burning problem detrimental to environment.
For this, he has been making regular announcements in his village since the start of paddy harvesting season and pursuing other farmers to take his in-situ machines to manage the stubble.
Jagjeet who has been decomposing the stubble since 2017 in the fields and sowing potatoes immediately on a 325-acre land, said he has witnessed enormous strength of the soil and minimized use of the fertilizers.
The yield of potato crop has also increased manifolds and all this has become reality by just decomposing the stubble in the fields.
“I have received mulcher, RMB Plough, Rotavator on subsidy from agriculture and farmers’ welfare department and these have benefited me a lot,” Jagjeet said adding he has been offering these machines to the other farmers without any charges.
Why does he offer free use to machines to other farmers?
Prompt was his reply that he does so in the larger interest of keeping his village pollution-free and to contribute in his own little way in the war against the stubble burning to save the environment at large.
Sharing the same vision, another farmer Kulbeer Singh of village Shadipur has formed a group of farmers in his village and all of them have been managing the stubble for the last five years on their fields.
He has been sowing wheat crop with happy seeder on a 260-acre land and it has prevented the growth of weeds in the fields. Surprisingly, he has not used pesticides on his crops since then and this obviously brought down his cost of cultivation.
With a visible sense of achievement, Kulbeer shared that his village has not witnessed any incident of stubble-burning in the last few years and farmers are managing the stubble by getting the machines from local co-operative societies.
To recognise efforts of such farmers, Chief Agriculture Officer, Jalandhar Dr Surinder Singh said the administration has decided to felicitate them so that other too were motivated to actively participate in the anti-stubble burning campaign to save the environment from hazardous effects.