Jaladnahr: With the paddy harvesting picked up in the district, the Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Department appealed to all 189 cooperative societies to ensure maximum utilisation of in-situ machines, so that maximum farmers can manage the stubble in the fields, instead of burning them.
The Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Department wrote to 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, Surinder Singh said, the district has 189 cooperative societies, having stubble Management machines and under-utilisation of machines must not happen at any cost. He said that all these societies have been given machines with 80 per cent subsidy by the government.
He said, the Secretaries of cooperative societies are being asked to deliver the machines to each farmer by following roster register. He added that each society should write on display board about the available machines and a special demand register should be maintained.
The reports of under-utilisation of machines are being received, which would not be tolerated.
Giving examples of best-performing societies, he said the Chamiara Cooperative Society has been ensuring stubble management on 150 acres of the area for the last two years. He said, 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, 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 added.