Ludhiana, December 12, 2017: Dr C.Roul, Joint Secretary, Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE), visited Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) today to review the paddy straw management options being provided to the farmers. He interacted with Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, and other officials of the University.
Dr Roul appreciated the efforts of PAU in developing straw management technologies. He stressed on changing the mindsets of the farmers and encouraging them to adopt straw management machinery for protection of the environment. He also visited Ladhowal Seed Farm, Ludhiana, to see the demonstrations of straw management machinery, especially, Happy Seeder.
Dr Dhillon said all the straw management technologies have been developed by PAU. He divulged that the year 2017 saw reduction in stubble burning cases.
Dr Navtej Bains, Director of Research, PAU, gave presentation on the paddy straw management machinery, developed by PAU. He revealed that the short duration varieties have also played an important role in reducing straw in the fields.
Dr K.S. Thind, Additional Director of Research (Crop Improvement), coordinated the visit of the ICAR official.
Present on the occasion were Dr S.S. Kukal, Dean, College of Agriculture; Dr J.S. Mahal, Dean, College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology; Dr PPS Pannu, Additional Director of Research (Natural Resource and Plant Health Management); and Dr Manjeet Singh, Head, Department of Farm Machinery and Power Engineering, PAU.