The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) has chalked out a comprehensive plan to make Muktsar a district with 'zero burning' of paddy straw or crop residuals.
A farmer monitoring the burning of wheat straw.
'Jawala Bai Trust', an NGO, would be the channel partner with Nabard in this endeavour, deputy commissioner of Muktsar Jaskiran Singh said here.
Under the project, Nabard would launch a concerted awareness campaign to motivate the peasantry against burning the paddy straw and other crop residuals in 79 villages of district.
Singh said earlier, Nabard had completed its pilot project successfully in 12 villages of the district.
Results of the pilot project proved that farmers can save up to `5,000 per acre by not burning paddy/wheat straw, he added.
Nabard has sectioned a special project to the Jawala Bai.
The trust, under its rural innovation fund (rif) scheme. Under the project, Nabard would first provide them theoretical knowledge at the block level and subsequently it would organise awareness camps in all 79 village covering all four blocks, he said.
In these camps, demonstrations of latest eco-friendly and money ear ning techniques of paddy straw management would also be given to farmers.
The Punjab government has been providing 50 per cent subsidy on purchase of Bailer machine to make bales of paddy straw.