Worth Emulating Commitment To Not To Set Stubble on Fire
Using Stubble For Mulching And Vermi-culture For The Last Two DecadesEmerges As Role Model for The Others
Nawanshahr, September 14, 2018 ( By SK.Vyas): Harwant Singh, a progressive farmer of Nawanshahr has not only set a path-breaking trend in stubble management but has consistently been exhibiting worth emulating commitment not to set stubble on fire for the last two decades. He has emerged as a role model for the others.
He said that he had taken a decision in 1994 to shun this bad practice, harmful for nature, insects, environment and human beings. Harwant Singh Cultivates his land situated in Saroya of Balchaur area. Divulging details, he said that he used paddy stubble and residues of sugarcane crop for mulching, which resulted in savings of irrigation water, diesel and power. Likewise, this technique had also been helping to control weeds and requirement of weedicide up to 80 percent. Moreover, these initiatives prove helpful to keep environment safe.
He adds that one more benefit of not burning of stubble but using it as mulching is a natural production of vermi-culture. The natural phenomena of vermi-culture helps to maintain the soil health. The verms go to deep in the earth by one meter that helps in recharge of water and also increase the root zone of the crop.
A state awardee in horticulture and former member of Government of India’s Commission on cost and price on sugarcane policy, Harwant Singh said that these days we have lot of mechanized equippments viz. Rotavator, Happy Seeder, Zero Till Drill, Baler, Mould Board Plough to curb stubble burning but as per his experience MB Plough and Baler are more effective. We can use Baler to bale the stubble and after ploughing and sowing to use these bails for mulching. Moreover, the biomass based power generation plants need bales as raw material.
Citing the rainfed areas of other parts of country including Yamuna Nagar, Utrakhand’s Tarai, he said that the farmers of these areas have adopted mulching technique to overcome the scarcity of rain water. Similarly, Maharashtra farmers used mulching technique upto 80 percent to save water.
“If we are not in position to procure these costly mechanized operations then there is another simple way to use the stubble as pesticide in our fields. We can collect the stubble at one place and spray 2 to 3 percent UREA mixture on it or urine of animals that would convert the stubble to fertile homemade pesticide in 45 days.
Applauding the Mission Tandarust Punjab a good initiative to curb the practice of stubble burning, he said that it is the need of the hour to keep environment clean and pollution free.