MOTIVATED BY the district administration, farmers of Amian Tohfa village in Jalandhar on Monday took a pledge to save the environment by not burning paddy straw and to utilise it for the enhancement of soil health, apart from using it as fodder for animals. The village has around 500 acres under paddy crop. The villagers are also motivating their neighbouring villages not to burn straw.
Apprising Jalandhar Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma of the path-breaking initiative, the farmers, led by Mahinder Singh Virdi, a retired officer of the Indian Economic Service, said they were well aware of the ill-effects of paddy straw burning and the move was aimed at sensitising people about this noble cause. Virdi said all the straw was taken by the landless dairy owners from them for use as cattle fodder. It was high time that farmers shunned this unhealthy practice. Virdi said the farmers of the village have taken a firm resolve not to burn paddy straw.
The DC said farmers, indulging in such practices, were in reality gifting their coming generations a polluted atmosphere. Sharma appealed to the farmers to refrain from this practice as it was harming humanity. He added that the farmers of Amian Tohfa village have set an example by using paddy straw to make organic manure besides utilising it as fodder for cattle.