Writes cooperative department to directs societies to provide machines to all farmers
JALANDHAR:- With the paddy harvesting has been picking up in the district, the Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Department has appealed all 189 cooperative societies to ensure the maximum and full utilization of the in-situ machines so that maximum farmers can manage the stubble and do not burn.
The Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Department has written to the Cooperative Department to direct all the societies to provide the machines to all the farmers of their areas so that they remain motivated for stubble management.
Chief Agriculture Officer Dr Suirinder Singh said that the district has 189 cooperative societies which having stubble Management machines and underutilization of machines must not happen at any cost. He said that all these societies have been given machines with 80%subsidy by the government.
He said that the secretaries of cooperative societies are being asked to deliver the machines to each farmer by following roster register. He told that each society should write on display board about the available machines and a special demand register should be maintained.
He said reports of the underutilization of machines are being received which would not be tolerated.
Giving examples of best-performing societies, he said that Chamiara cooperative society has been ensuring stubble management on 150 acres of the area for the last two years. He said that the society has mulcher, rotavator, chopper shredder, RMB plough and tractor machines and regularly monitoring the working of machines by maintaining the rotation register.
He said that the rent collected from the machines is being used for the wear and tear of the machines.
Cooperative Society Sarai Khas has mulcher, RMB plough and managing 125-acre stubble of small and marginal farmers of the village for the past few years, he said.
Similarly, Dr Singh said with collective efforts of Randhawa Masanda cooperative society, the whole village is not burning their stubble from the last two years. He said that society’s machines had managed about 250 acres area of the village.