The Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) at Booh village in Tarn Taran district of Punjab, under the Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University of Ludhiana and supported by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research-Atari zone 1, has been working with farmers in the region to impart technical knowledge and promote agricultural technologies. Balwinder Kumar, deputy director of KVK, tells Ishani Duttagupta about the different programmes the kendra uses to help farmers avoid stubble burning. Edited excerpts: 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 … [Read more...] about How Krishi Vigyan Kendra is helping farmers to avoid stubble burning
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