Ludhiana, December 6, 2017: Krishi Vigyan Kendra Samrala celebrated World Soil Day at village Diwala on 5, December, 2017. Shri Amrik Singh Dhillon, MLA, Samrala was Chief Guest on the occasion. He congratulated the whole village farmers for not burning paddy straw. He appealed the farmers to apply fertilizer on the basis of soil testing as today KVK distributed GPS based soil health cards, adopt crop diversification and move towards cooperative mode for farm machinery. This will result in increase in farmers income, He also stressed for strong linkage with KVK and other departments, so that after training framers can start subsidiary occupation for additional income.
Dr. S. C Sharma, Associate Director, KVK, Samrala welcomed Chief Guest, other dignitaries and highlighted the KVK activities and importance of soil testing. He urged farmers for strong linkage with KVK for latest agricultural technologies. Dr. Rangeel Singh, Agricultural Officer, Samrala, DR. Harjinder Kaur, ADO, Samrala, Mr. Parveen Bhatia, AGM, NABARD, Shri Dalbir Singh, Manager Co-operative, bank Ludhiana participated and made the farmers aware about departmental activities beneficial for farmers.
Dr. Arvind Kumar, Principal Scientist, ICAR, ATARI highlighted the importance of soil testing for judicious use of fertilizers as continuous use of chemical fertilizers affects soil health. Dr. N. K. Bhatia, Senior Area Manager, IFFCO elaborated about the various insurance schemes for farmers. Mr. Parveen Bhatia, AGM, NABARD highlighted the various schemes of NABARD for farmers. Dr. Devinder Tiwari, shared agronomic practices of different Rabi crops. Dr. Shivani Rana, Asstt. Home Scientist, motivated the farmers and farm women to form self-help groups and FPO’s after training. Er. Karun Sharma, elaborated about the Paddy Straw Management.
Dr. Harshneet Singh, Soil Scientist, demonstrated the soil sampling technique, how to read soil reports and emphasized the farmers to test their soils for balanced use of fertilizers. Farmers were given soil health cards and the farmers who successfully managed paddy straw without burning were awarded with appreciation certificates. Progressive farmer Mr. Sukhjit Singh, shared experiences regarding crop residue management and said paddy straw can be managed without burning, off course it costs high but for better environment and future. Dr. S. C Sharma, Associate Director, KVK, Samrala proposed vote of thanks.