The ‘app’ would be fully functional before the coming wheat harvesting season and help in saving the environment which was being affected by burning of crops residue
The Punjab government is all set to unveil the first of its kind agricultural mobile app that will to facilitate the farmers for custom hiring of costly agricultural implements required for post harvesting and preparation of fields for sowing next crops. The decision will also help in the management of stubble; the cut stalks of cereal plants left sticking out of the ground after the grain is harvested.
According to an official statement, a meeting was held few days back to deal with the stubble burning in the region and the session was attended by top shots from cooperative department and Punjab Remote Sensing Center. The decision to launch the mobile app was spearheaded by additional Chief Secretary Cooperation Punjab, D P Reddy.
According to Mr. Reddy, the new mobile app will now enable the authorities and the farmers to upload all their essential data. Crops burning was major issue in the northern states from the past few years, and therefore the concerned department has taken the lead to counter the problem of stubble burning.
Mr. Reddy said, “This App will facilitate the farmers for custom hiring of agricultural implements from concerned village level cooperative society which were required during post harvesting to manage crop residue/stubble in the fields.”
“All agriculturists could access the information on availability of implements/machinery such as rotavator, paddy straw chopper shredder, happy seeder, mulcher, baler etc. as well as tractors available for custom hiring from the nearest societies or obtainable from individual farmers,” he added.
He assured that this ‘app’ would be fully functional before the coming wheat harvesting season and help in saving the environment which was being affected by burning of crops residue.