Pathankot freed from farm fires, courtesy YouTube channel

Pathankot freed from farm fires, courtesy YouTube channel

Tribune Information Service

Ravi Dhaliwal

Pathankot, October 27

The Pathankot district administration’s novel modus operandi to coach farmers on the disadvantages of burning paddy stubble is throwing up wealthy dividends with no farm fires recorded in the complete district to this point.

Consultants say historically, the district was positioned on the decrease finish of the spectrum so far as farm fires have been involved.

“Not many fires have been recorded previously. Nonetheless, this time we vowed to make it a 100 per cent farm hearth free district,” stated Deputy Commissioner Harbir Singh. That is in stark distinction to different districts the place such fires are raging regardless of one of the best efforts of respective administrations.

Months earlier than the paddy was to be harvested, the DC had known as a gathering of varied departments. Farmer unions have been additionally invited and a broad consensus was chalked out. The gist was to coach farmers concerning the ill-effects of stubble-burning via know-how.

“Farm melas and lengthy speeches have been consigned to the backburner. We knew such techniques and methods seldom enthused and educated farmers previously. The fashionable period is technology-driven. We began a YouTube channel known as “Meri Kheti, Mera Maan.” Below this programme, smartphones have been the channel via which we despatched a message in opposition to stubble-burning to households. Greater than 50,000 folks watched “Meri Kheti, Mera Maan” on YouTube. In Pathankot, the Gujjar (nomad) inhabitants lives in giant numbers. We additionally inspired them to choose up stubble immediately from the fields of agriculturists and use it as fodder to feed animals. They’ve been pivotal to our success,” stated the DC.

Farmers now not needed to trudge lengthy distances to attend farm melas (festivals), which in any case have been monotonous in nature. They might sit within the confines of their houses and get the advantages of direct seeding.

An agriculture officer stated YouTube was extensively used to inform the farming group concerning the direct seeding course of, plenty of time and labour is saved as sowing of seeds is completed immediately in fields.

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