Will ensure farmers benefit from stubble: Finance Minister Harpal Singh Cheema : The Tribune India

Tribune press service

Patiala, September 16

Finance Minister Harpal Singh Cheema on Friday urged farmers to avoid stubble burning, saying the government would ensure that farmers get benefits from paddy straw.

Cheema said the Punjab government had made arrangements well in advance to remove paddy stubble from fields for use in boilers. In addition, the government would provide other incentives to farmers to control stubble burning.

The Finance Minister was here to inaugurate the Kisan Mela organized by the Punjab Agricultural University at the Rauni Krishi Science Center. The theme of Kisan Mela is “Save Farmers, Youth, Air and Water; Let’s make Rangla Punjab’.

After visiting various stalls and exhibits at Kisan Mela, the Finance Minister called on farmers visiting the fair to encourage others to come and benefit from the knowledge shared here.

Expressing concern over areas of the state that have been declared dark areas in terms of groundwater exploitation, Cheema said farmers should adopt water-saving irrigation techniques to protect this natural resource for generations. future. He also encouraged them to break the traditional farming cycle by opting for modern agricultural models to increase their income.

On a question regarding the Chinese virus, Harpal Singh Cheema said that the state government has given instructions to agricultural experts to protect the paddy crop from the attack of this virus. On the issue of subsidies, Cheema said the state government will not only continue the subsidies given to the farmers, but also put in place a mechanism to disburse these subsidies directly to their bank accounts.

On the occasion, AAP MP Dr Balbir Singh, Dr SS Gosal, Vice Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University, and Dr MS Kang, former Vice Chancellor, urged farmers to reduce the use of chemical fertilizers with the use of bio-fertilizers to reduce their input cost. They also called for making farming a science-based profession.

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