Jalandhar, September 26, 2020: With the concerted efforts of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Department to sensitize the farmers to sow the paddy straw in the field rather than burning and polluting the environment, the farmers of the district have given the overwhelming response to the department’s call to utilize super seeder machines as this year 580 farmers have applied for the same machine whereas only 31 had applied in the last year.
Divulging the details, Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori said that Super Seeder Machine which ploughs standing paddy stubble in soil and sow wheat seed simultaneously in a single operation after the harvesting of the paddy with combine having Super-SMS attached with it, has become a centre of attraction for the farmers in the district.
He said that the Super Seeder Machine has been launched under in-situ management of the crop residue. He said that this machine can be run with at least 55 HP and above tractor. After harvesting with the super straw management’s combine, this machine has the capability of sowing wheat directly without undergoing the use of mulcher or RMB Plough.
He said that this machine can sow wheat minimum 6 to 8 acres per day easily. The cost of this machine is about 2.00 Lakh and the department is providing subsidy 50-per cent to individual farmers and 80-per cent to farmers group.
The Deputy Commissioner told that the farmers were very much satisfied with the functioning of the machine and appealed other farmers to use this machine for managing stubble.
Meanwhile, the Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare on Saturday held meetings with combine operators of Nakodar, Nurmahal, Shahkot and Lothian.
During the meetings, SDM Gautam Jain, chief Agriculture Officer Jalandhar Dr Surinder Singh , Assistant Agriculture Engineer Navdip Singh Agriculture officer Dr Naresh Gulati also spoke on the harmful effects of stubble burning on the environment and human health.
They said that the If any harvester combine is running without Super straw Management machine, the violators could be fined Rs 50000/- first time and if again the concerned harvester combines found floating the order, fine will increase to Rs 75000 and afterwards the fine may increase to 1 lakh. They asked to combine operators to remain vigil and help the administration in eliminating the menace.